NY Foundation for the Arts awards $457K to over 130 Queens arts projects

Recepient- Asoso International Ensemble (QAF New Work ’24) 2023, Photo Courtesy of Asoso International Ensemble

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) have announced a list of 138 recipients of the 2024 Queens Arts Fund.

The awarded projects span various creative disciplines, including music, poetry, book art, painting, photography and sculpture. The selected recipients are supported by $457,600 in total city funding, and the projects aim to invoke feelings of joy and community resilience within the various mediums.

Additionally, artists within the QAF program will use their work to explore topics important to the Queens community, including cultural and gender identity, grief, social activism and health and wellness. 

Recipient- Astoria Film Festival Media Production Lab (Queens Arts Fund Arts Access ’24) filming the Group Film at Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, Photo Courtesy Astoria Film Festival

During the application and review process, NYFA took into consideration the diversity of Queens, often called the “world’s borough.”

Nearly 80% of the panelists that reviewed submissions self -identified as people of color and over 70% identified themselves as women or gender non-conforming. The organization also incorporated language access services into the application process, by making application materials available in various languages including Chinese and Spanish.

Laurie Cumbo, commissioner of DCLA, explained that  the QAF recipients reflect New York City’s cultural melting pot. “Queens is one of the most diverse communities in the world, and the creative ecosystem that thrives here reflects that diversity in the incredible range of work  and programming they create,” she said. “Culture is a central part of who we are as New Yorkers, and contributes to a stronger economy and healthier communities.”

Recipient- Rachel Brown (Queens Arts Fund New Work ’24), “Resistance is Fertile: the story of the 45th Street Green Space,” 2024-2025, digital video, Credit: Rachel Brown

QFA is an annual city-funded program run through the NYFA that offers project grants to Queens-based artists, artist collectives and non- profit organizations that encompass all artistic disciplines. The QFA program aims to highlight the borough of Queens by supporting local artwork and cultural programs.

All recipients of the QFA grant are required to have a public component in their artwork, which could be an in person, and or virtual presentation. Residents interested in learning more about this year’s artists can follow the hashtag #QAF2024 for details on upcoming events. 

Recipient- Anjali Deshmukh (QAF New Work ’24), Ernest Verrett, Cathie Wright-Lewis, Monica Jahan Bose, Cheyenne Lewis, Purvi Shah, Latrice Verrett Jaime-Faye Bean, Jena Pincott, Queens Writers Resist, ft. Pam Reyes and Kay Ottinger; “Two Minutes to Midnight;” 2019; Photo Credit: Neha Gautam

2024 Queens Arts Fund Recipients

Arts Access

Astoria Film Festival Inc., Astoria Film Festival Media Production Lab

BERM, Culturally Daylighting Flushing Creek: Reimagining Hydro-Citizenship through Participatory Arts-Based Research

Chinese Artists and Organizers (CAO) Collective 离离草, The Ciba Punch 女拳手打糍粑

City Gate Productions, Frankenstein

Colectivo Como Un Lugar, Lugar Común: Cuarta Fiesta de la Poesía Latinoamericana / Lugar Comun: 4th Latin-American Poetry Festival

DanceStream Projects, Stories in the Moment: Belonging in Action

Flamenco Latino, The 2024 Más Allá Series

Galore Urban Tech Inc., VR Art Tour 2024

Jackson Heights Beautification Group, Summer Sundays in the Park

JH Art Talks, Off-Brand 3.0

New Music Horizons, Collaborative Artists in Concert

No, YOU Tell It!, True-Life Tales with a Twist

Open Circuit, Satellite Cinema

PinProductions, Ducky and Patsy’s Fairytales for Sophisticated Adults: Gretel & Gretel

Project Attica, Our Art Identity

Queens Fiber Arts Festival, Queens Fiber Arts Festival & Fashion Show

Ridgewood Off-Kilter Film Festival, Ridgewood Off-Kilter Film Festival

Rock Rising, Inc., Astoria Creative Arts Camp

Senior Theater Acting Repertory, Bringing Live Theater and Songs to Queens

Shakespeare on the Beach, 2024 Season: Twelfth Night or What You Will

Sharlene Chou / Magic Ming Studio, Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Craft Workshops for Celebrating Lunar Year of the Dragon

Son Jarocho NY, The 14th NY Son Jarocho Festival

Sounds of Cyprus, Sounds of Cyprus – An Evening of Traditional Cypriot Music and Dance

Stephen Street Gallery, Stephen Street Gallery 2024 Programming

The Dream Unfinished, VITALS

The Motor Company NYC, Inc., Communal Spaces: a garden play festival 2024

Woodside Arts Collective, International Dance Day

Zazel-Chavah O’Garra, “Look pon you”

Recipient- David Manrique (Queens Arts Fund New Work ’24); “Pollo con Mole, the centerpiece;” 2024; Photo Credit: David Manrique

New Work

Concetta Abbate, RidgewoodGlendale Soundwalk

Yasmeen Abdallah, The Art of Fashion

Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess, Forgotten Black Histories of Queens

Sienna Aczon, Celestial Siblings & Other Beings: Adapted Filipino Folktales

Destinie AdélakunWater’s Edge – Creating awareness of Ocean health through art

Adult Film and Ryan Czerwonko, Meg Case, Brad Porter, and Mia Vallet; Sea Gull

Jae Hi Ahn, Solace in Nature

stefa marin alarcon, End of The Patriarchy To Do List: An EP & Group Poetics Workshop

Alchemyverse (Bicheng Liang and Yixuan Shao), The Continent has been Wandering in Time

Alexeya, return to love

Talisa Almonte – Almonte Studio, World’s Borough Bookshop Mural

Lowel Alomar, The 6ixth Boro

Henry Arroyo/Studio East100, Re-Birth

Asoso International Arts Initi, A Taste of Kumina

Corrie Aune, The Story of This Place: Young Activists of Queens

Aileen Bassis, A Place Remembered

Stephanie Beck, Frame/Forest

Tom Block, Oud Player on the Tel

Block Chords Production, Jazz Explorations 2024

Alexandra Borovski, Untitled (Working Title: Drawing Together)

Jude Brandt, Stephen Foglia, The Astoria Food Pantry; Cascadia

Natali Bravo-Barbee, Capullo/Cocoon: In the Shadows of Motherhood

Rachel Brown, Resistance is Fertile: the story of the 45th Street Green Space

Anna Capunay, SOMBRAS

Nathan Catlin, Beyond the Window Frame

Richard Chang, Reflections

Chengslate, A Freeday

Denise ‘deLaSNP’ Coke, Portal to Progress: A Futuristic Glimpse of Southeast Queens

John Colpitts, I Happen To Like New York – New Percussion Compositions and Arrangements

Mags Colvett, Lionfish

Squeeze Creations with Cody Umans, Public sculptures for 45th St Greenspace

Credle Entertainment, Wxlf Pack (Musical Film)

Noelia R. Deza and Robert Kerr (RioNorte), La Marisma (The Marsh)

Jacob Elkin, The Snake

Carlos Esguerra, Contemporary Architecture Gems of New York City

Duo Extempore, Ordinary Places

Emir Fils-Aime, Where Two Rivers Meet

Daniel Fishkin, Artificial Inhabitants

Clara Franesca with The Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) and Wild Tongues Productions, XRE and friend’s “Songs From The Source”

Afro-Andean Funk, Kani Sonqo / Afro-Andean Funk

Ben Gassman, Adult Relationships

GAUCHE, Do you speak Jackson Heights?

Jacq GrovesEmbodied Infrastructure

Greg Hammontree, Transmit: Echoes

Aya Hirota, Singing Stone Sanukaito

Michael Hollis, Otoacoustic Emissions

Margaret Horning, Access Oasis

Karen Ingram, Biogenetic Blooms: Collaborations with Genetically Modified Yeast

The Interstitial, Jarek Pastor’s ward

Annastasia “NWA” Jean Jacques, Transmute

Olena Jennings, The Language Project

Lee Jensen, Sewn Cities, Woven Worlds

Woomin Kim, The Warehouse

Kissatou, “My Love Story”

Amanda Krische; Violence is not the home I live in

Jesse Lambert, The Bowne House Comic

Heather Lang, Queens of Heart

Grace Leckey, Hell Gate

Chun Seung Lee, The Samulnori & Talk Concert

Durra Leung, Durra Leung’s Lullabies for Motherf*ckers Vol.2

Jess Levey, Second Spring

Honglei LI, Asian American Mythology

Roxanne Lim, MAARTE

Tasha Lutek, Whatever Walked There, Walked Alone

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Valor & Revolt

David Manrique, Made by Us

Jodie Lynne McClintock, Nell’s Plague Play

Lee Melillo, The Peek with Samuel Pepys

Gail Meyers, Explorations in Dimensionality and Space

David Mills, Rufus King of Queens

Patrick Neal, Queens Waterways

Rossen Nedelchev, The Sounds and Rhythms in Cartoons

Louis DeVaughn Nelson, Was Beethoven Black

Alexander Ney, Alexander Ney’s New Sculptures of LIC: A Celebration of the Emigre Artist’s 50th Year in New York City

Aimée Niemann, Body Songs

Nasrah OmarIn continuum (a circle of invocation)

Arthur Ou, Viewfinder

Hsuan Yu Pan, HEAR, EAT, HOME

Alice Lussiana Parente, Lana Boy, Heloise Wilson, Dorothea Gloria, Christie Stiff; Big Feelings

J. Pavone String Ensemble, Reverse Bloom

Jerron Paxton & Dennis Lichtman, Blacks, Jews, & Black Jews: Unlikely Partners in Folk & Jazz

Avika Penaloza, Awakening Georgie

Plushie, You Are Everything

michael rendino, The Forest Fairy


Adam J. Rineer, THIRD SEX: 1930s transvestite lieder

Vin Scialla, Ascension

Nikhil Shah, Parrhesia

Scott Sheppard, Pop-Up Surprise

Patricia Silva, Bright Vignettes

Chitra Singh, Adi Shakti (Moon Song)

Tana SiroisUnTethered

Polina Porras Sivolobova, Pomegranate – a small guide of multidisciplinary exercises for the nomadic solo artist

Christen M. Smith, Blessed Are Those Who Are Angry

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Sean Spada, Posing with Tigers

The Square Theatre, Slow Dance

Studio S II LLC, House of S II

Lindsay Timmington, Penny Local

Tiffany Troy, A New Ilium

B.A. Van Sise, What is Left



Deborah Wasserman, Wanderland

Street WorksStreet Work Earth

Jing (Ellen) Xu, I will be, and what can I do?

Jiemin Yang, Portraits of the Moon

Crys Yin, Collective Talismans

Chang Yuchen, Queens Things

Garrett Zuercher, PRIVILEGE