Is Home To World Class Art Institutions
By LATEISHA CLÉMENT
current exhibit, “that was then ... this is
are social groups of any size that occupy a specific
area, sharing government, culture and heritage.
In some instances, they can be divided due to
political, social and religious differences. With
this in mind, three Queens Institutions seek to
unite a diverse people through the arts.
Theatre in the Park provides quality performances
at affordable prices and a sense of unity. As
the premier venue for performing arts in Queens,
the Theatre has programs for adults and children
that mirror the borough's diversity. Some of the
programs include the Latino Cultural Series and
Festival, running from March through December,
the Black Cultural Arts Series, which began in
Spring of 2000 and the Asian Cultural Arts Festival
in Spring of 2006.
Center for Arts and Learning.
an effort to revamp deserted and underutilized
buildings into exhibition and performance spaces,
Alanna Heiss founded PS1 Contemporary Art Center
in 1971. The center, now an affiliate of the Museum
of Modern Art, serves in two locations. One is
the self-named hundred-room facility in Long Island
City, and the other is the Clocktower Gallery
in Lower Manhattan, which occupies the 13th floor
of an old city building.
is one of the largest non-profit art centers solely
devoted to contemporary art. It functions as a
learning forum for the general public with its
innovative art and scholarly information. Currently
on display is one of the many cutting edge exhibits:
"That Was Then… This Is Now." It is comprised
of three sections: Weapons, Dreams and Flags,
which examine the political involvement of the
Art Workers Coalition's from the late 1960s.
|An elaborate PS1 display encourages New Yorkers to put rooftops to use for gardens.
Center for Arts and Learning is another non-profit
center conceived from efforts of revitalization.
The multidisciplinary urban art center was founded
in 1972 as part as part of a response to Downtown
Jamaica's business decline in the 1960s. The collaborative
effort of local artists, business leaders and
the community transformed a declining district
into a cultural enrichment center for Queens and
the Greater Metropolitan area. JCAL presents visual,
performing and literary arts by way of dance,
theatrics, workshops and panel discussions, among
others. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning prides
itself in being the "art and soul of the community."
For more information on these organizations, check
the following websites: queenstheatre.org, www.ps1.org,