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Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
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Members of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company perform at Flushing Town Hall's preview event on Jan. 5.

With a new year comes a fresh lineup of arts and cultural performances, exhibits and workshops in Flushing.

Flushing Town Hall presented its new schedule, offered some preview performances and announced some exciting changes for 2017 at a press event on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the cultural center.


“This past weekend, like so many others, we made our annual New Year’s resolution: to bring you something fresh, something fun and something new,” executive and artistic director Ellen Kodadek said.

In an effort to instill an interest in the arts and culture in younger generations, Flushing Town Hall will offer free admission to teens this year as part of a “Teen Access” program. Young people ages 13 through 19 are encouraged to attend any of the center’s events and programs free of charge with ID.

“It is our hope that by removing any financial obstacle, teens will develop into optimistic, intelligent adults who advocate for our community and its arts,” said Gabrielle Hamilton, director of education and public programs.

Preview performances at the Jan. 5 event were presented by composer and pianist Gustavo Casenave, dance-theater company the Treehouse Shakers and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company — all of whom have upcoming shows scheduled at Flushing Town Hall.

Programming for 2017 includes a jazz music performance by the Grace Kelly Quartet on Feb. 24, food event “Charcuterie Masters” on Feb. 25, “Migration,” an outdoor art exhibit presented in the center’s garden beginning March 31, and much more.

“We want to send a strong message, at least in our community, that we embrace our diversity; we celebrate different cultures; and we give people an opportunity to re-own their narratives at the very local level,” Assemblyman Ron Kim said. “And through arts, we can do that.”

For a full schedule of the year’s events, visit Flushing Town Hall’s website. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. and can be reached at 718-463-7700.

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, located at historic Flushing Town Hall, is a not-for-profit organization that has presented multi-disciplinary global arts and programming for the community since 1979.


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