Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program
Open A.I.R. draws on the Queens Museum’s resources, staff expertise, and networks to provide workshops and lectures that help artists grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Given the Museum’s commitment to socially-engaged art that crosses sectors, as well as attention to its role in neighboring communities, Open A.I.R. works to expand the notion of who is an artist and, moreover, utilizes a holistic view of how to support their potential to thrive and contribute to the cultural landscape of Queens and New York City more broadly. Tailored to artists in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, Open A.I.R. prioritizes the needs of artists of color, queer artists, and immigrant artists, facilitating conversations where art meets activism, and organizing experiences that bring together artists and non-artists. These goals are addressed through the following vehicles:
Public Talks by Artists & Curators
How do diverse artists and curators accomplish their work at various points in their careers, develop methods for sustaining their practice in multifaceted ways, and impact their fields?
Workshops for Immigrant Artists
Technical and conceptual workshops that help artists coming from different cultural backgrounds to access the vibrant art worlds of New York City, while building upon and sustaining their traditions.
Technical Workshops by Museum Professionals
Queens Museum employees have experience in numerous aspects of art production, finance, programming, education, documentation, promotion, and installation that they are eager to share with working artists to accomplish their goals.
Professional Development and Networking for Artists
Collaborations with other artist-serving organizations to connect artists to opportunities, spaces, and people that can support their careers, from speed consultations with local professionals to networking mixers with their peers.
Artists Sharing Methodologies
Get an in-depth look at innovative ways of working with esteemed local and international artists, sometime drawing upon Museum exhibitions and programming.
Dinners Without An Agenda
Informal and intimate agenda-less meetings with other artists and art professionals can be incredibly fruitful and generative for artists. These monthly get-togethers encourage artists to come ask questions, discuss their work, and share a delicious meal at a tasty Queens restaurant.
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Open A.I.R. Artist Services at the Queens Museum were made possible by The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.