2006-08-02 / Features

Pursue A Dream

The Queens Council on the Arts is pleased to invite Queens artists and non-profit organizations providing cultural services to apply for funding to help pursue artistic dreams. The 2007 Queens Community Arts Fund (QCAF) applications and guidelines are available at www.queenscouncilarts. org

The purpose of the fund is to provide grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, for Queens nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities and individual artists for the creation of new work, through a competitive peer panel process, ensuring the highest quality of arts activities and services in the borough.

The QCAF grant program offers an opportunity for local involvement in funding decisions affecting the cultural environment in Queens. In order for nonprofit organizations to be eligible to apply, they must be Queens-based, in existence for at least one year, and providing cultural programming in Queens. Individual artists must live in Queens.

Please see application and guidelines for other restrictions that may apply.

Application submission deadlines are: organizations, Thursday, September 21 and individual artists, Thursday, October 5.

All new applicants are required to attend one of the application information sessions offered at various locations in Queens in August and September. Some sessions will offer translation in Chinese, Korean and Spanish and technical assistance for grant writing will be provided in some locations.

Organizations application/information schedules:

+Tuesday/Wednesday, Aug. 8, 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Taiwan Center, 137-44 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Chinese and Korean translation provided.

+Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6 to 9 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City, technical assistance provided. +Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica.

+Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 213, Kew Gardens, Spanish translation provided.

Individual artists application/information schedules:

+Tuesday/Wednesday, Aug. 8, 9, 7:45 to 9 p.m., Taiwan Center, 137-44 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Chinese and Korean translation provided.

+Thursday, Aug, 24, 6 to 9: p.m., LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave, Room E-500, Long Island City, Spanish translation and technical assistance provided.

+Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 to 6 p.m., Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica.

+Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave, Long Island City.

The Queens Community Arts Fund, a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, is supported, in part, by funding from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, (Greater New York Arts Development Fund) and JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program.

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