“We are excited to have this significant increase in funding to further grow the Queens arts community,” said QCA Executive Director Hoong Yee Krakauer. “Being the most diverse borough in the world, a program like the Queens Arts Fund puts us in an amazing position to support emerging artists and organizations that provide invaluable arts and cultural projects to the Queens community as a whole.”
The increase in available funds for local artists and arts organizations is due in large part to significant additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), whose funding for QCA’s artist grants increased by $240K over last year’s total. DCLA’s funding for the Queens Arts Fund has grown by four times since the start of the de Blasio Administration.
“I spent 24 years working in Queens cultural institutions, so I have witnessed firsthand the essential roles local artists and arts organizations play in the borough’s thriving communities,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “In CreateNYC, the City committed to increasing support for artists and community-based groups as a way to help them continue to flourish in all five boroughs.
“In collaboration with City Council, particularly Council Member Van Bramer, we’ve made significant progress on this commitment by making a substantial investment in the cultural life of Queens and communities across the city,” Finkelpearl added.
QAF offers grants to Queens-based individual artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the community of Queens.
For Queens-based nonprofit organizations, QAF offers two grant opportunities. The Arts Access Grant (funded by DCLA) and the Community Arts Grant (funded by NYSCA) each range from $1,000-$5,000. These project-based grants support nonprofit organizations and artist collectives partnering with Queens community organizations to create cultural projects and arts activities that enhance the vibrancy in Queens communities and neighborhoods.
For artists, QAF offers the New Work Grant (funded by DCLA), which supports individual artists of all artistic disciplines who live or have a studio in Queens for the creation of new work. New Work Grants are $3,000, and do not require fiscal sponsorship.
Funds cover costs for eligible projects such as: projects with a public component that benefit Queens communities, arts activities taking place within Queens in the 2019 calendar year and individual artists' costs needed for the execution of a cultural project (direct administration costs, marketing and publicity costs, venue rentals as well as supplies and materials).
“The Queens Council on the Arts has excelled in achieving its mission to foster and develop the arts in Queens and to support individual artists and arts organizations in our borough,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “This increase in funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs will enable the Council to provide even greater support to the artists and arts organizations that are the mainstay of our borough’s vibrant creative community.”
Grant applications are now open and the deadline to apply online is Thursday, October 25, 2018. Visit www.queenscouncilarts.org/qaf/ to apply.