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    • Past Events

    • Open A.I.R.: Artist Services Program

      SEPT 30, 2014

      7:30-10pm | Dinner Without an Agenda with Raquel de Anda (Offsite)

      Join Raquel de Anda for a meal and informal discussion at the deservedly famous Sri Pra Phai Thai restaurant: 64-13 39th Ave. in Woodside, near 69th St 7 Train Stop.

      We believe that informal no-agenda meetings can be incredibly fruitful and generative for artist. Come ask questions, discuss your work, and share a delicious meal with curator Raquel de Anda and 9 other artists.

      How does it work?

      Answer Raquel de Anda’s question: What was the last risk you took in your practice that confronted power? By following this link:

      Please limit your answer to one line. Submit your answer by September 20, 2014. Ten artists will be chosen based on their answers. The event is free, appetizers are on us, but you will have to pay for your own drinks and entrees.

      SEPT 13, 2014

      2-4pm | Immigrant Artist Legal Clinic (Offsite)

      LOCATION: Immigrant Movement International (IMI) – 108-59 Roosevelt Ave, Queens NY 11368, near the 111th Street 7 Train station
      Are you an immigrant artist? Join UnLocal: Community Immigration Legal Services, to learn more about the process of applying for an O-1 visa or "artists’ visa.”
      Already have an O-1 visa? We will also discuss how to apply for permanent residency after acquiring an O-1 visa.
      RSVP Here:

      SEPT 13, 2014

      5-8pm | Immigrant Beat Workshop (Offsite)

      LOCATION: Immigrant Movement International – 108-59 Roosevelt Ave, Corona, NY 11368, near the 111th Street 7 Train station

      You are invited to this open conversation about the role of music in our experience as immigrant artists. Bring a record or an instrument. We will share ideas, songs and experiences. We will close with a jam session open to all!

      Te invitamos a esta conversación abierta sobre el rol de la música en nuestra experiencia migrante! Trae un disco o un instrumento. Compartiremos ideas, canciones, y experiencias, y cerraremos con un jam musical abierto a todos!


      MAY 18, 2014

      5:00 – 6:30 pm | Curating for Socially Engaged Art – Queens Museum Theater

      What are the considerations for curating social practice? How does the role of the curator shift in these practices? How are artists and curators working together within institutions and beyond to support these ways of working? What is the role of curator in social movements? This panel will delve into these questions and more. In a conversation moderated by Prerana Reddy, Bill Kelley Jr., Josh MacPhee and Erin Sickler will share practical strategies and personal accounts of curating for social practice.

      5:00 – 7:00 pm | Introduction to Cultural and Community Organizing – Queens Museum Triangle

      What are the ways that we can build social movements and advocate for social justice through cultural work? How does social practice fit into it? What are strategies and tools artists can use when engaging with a community on a long-term project? In this workshop Cultural and Community Organizers Alexandra Garcia, Lucas Sanchez and NOCD (NATURALLY OCCURRING CULTURAL DISTRICTS GROUP) will share strategies artists can use when planning to engage in a long-term collaborative project with a specific community. This workshop will be bilingual and simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Space in this workshop is limited to 30 participants. Preference will be given to women, people of color and queer individuals. Please REGISTER HERE.

      MAY 17, 2014

      5:00 – 6:30 pm | Support for Socially Engaged Art – Queens Museum Theater

      It is only in recent years that foundations have considered social practice as a funding category. It comes under a variety of headings including art for social change, socially engaged art, community arts, and so on. This panel will bring together four of the most active funders in the field to discuss their philosophy and opportunities for artists and organizations. Panelists include Michelle Coffey, Executive Director of the Lambent Foundation, Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grass Foundation, Judilee Reed, Program Director of the Thriving Cultures Program (Surdna Foundation), and Edwin Torres, Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation. The conversation will be moderated by Tom Finklepearl, President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum.

      5:00 – 7:00 pm | Working in Communities as Artists – Queens Museum Triangle

      Social Practice can be not only site and context-specific; it is often times also community specific. What are ways that artists can engage new communities with sensitivity? What are ways that artists and work with communities that are not their own successfully? What are things to keep in mind when working alongside communities in collaborative short-term projects or interventions? In this workshop, Noelle Ghoussani, Sukjong Hong, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed artists from The Laundromat Project will share strategies that they use when entering new communities.
      Space in this workshop is limited to 30 participants. Please REGISTER HERE.

      QM Studio Artist Caroline Woolard and Lika Volkova host Conversation with Howard Singerman

      MAY 16, 2014

      5:00 – 6:30 pm | Writing for Socially Engaged Art – Queens Museum Theater

      How do we write about art that may not look like art on first glance? Socially engaged and participatory projects are a major current in artistic practice today, meanwhile, art critics frequently remain conflicted about how to describe and assess these new projects, which are often designed for and with a specific community, and are durational, process-based, and lack any object as its final product.
 What are the stakes for writing about social practice? Must new languages be developed? What do those languages sound like and who is being addressed? This panel discussion looks at new directions in writing about social practice from diverse perspectives. Panelists include Sandra de la Loza, Juliana Driever and Christopher Howard. The conversation will be moderated by Chelsea Haines.Co-organized by Guernica, Open Engagement and the Queens Museum.

      APRIL 26, 2014

      Open A.I.R. & Art21 Present Screening & Discussion of "Kalup Linzy Makes His Way Through the Art World”

      APRIL 13, 2014

      QM Studio Artist Caroline Woolard and Lika Volkova host Conversation with James Elkins

      MARCH 15, 2014

      As part of ETERNiDAY: QUEENS POET LORE FESTIVAL OF THE LANGUAGE ARTS Open A.I.R. will be offering 2 Professional Development workshops for artists and community members:

      1-2 pm & 3-4 pm, Center for Book Arts bookmaking workshops

      2pm, "Alternative Publishing and Literary Curating”: John Harkey (creature press), Stephen Motika (Nightboat Books), Christopher Stackhouse (This Red Door Series), Sol Aramendi (Project Luz)

      MARCH 15, 2014

      QM Studio Artist Caroline Woolard and Lika Volkova host Conversation with Mark McGurl and Leigh Claire La Berge

      MARCH 6, 2014

      Kumbia Queers with Que Bajo: Redefining Cumbia, Love and Latinamericanidad

      FEBRUARY 23, 2014

      Workshop for Artists and Advocates with LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department)

      FEBRUARY 19, 2014

      Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Las Cafeteras at Immigrant Movement International

      FEBRUARY 7, 2014

      Educator Workshop with LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department) and Queens Museum Education Department

      FEBRUARY 2, 2014

      QM Studio Artist Caroline Woolard and Lika Volkova host Open House for new project

      FEBRUARY 1, 2014

      Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop in Spanish

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      New York City Building
      Flushing Meadows Corona Park
      Queens, NY 11368
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