2017-02-08 / Front Page

QCA Launches ArtHotel Residency Program

By Liz Goff
Officials at Queens Council On The Arts (QCA) last week launched a new Artist Residency Program that will provide artists with a safe place to create their craft, while giving the public an opportunity to view the artists at work.

QCA has chosen two local hotels to partner in the program, in an effort to show the value of working artists who are repeatedly threatened with displacement by new development throughout Queens.

Two Queens-based artists chosen to participate in the ArtHotel Residency Program will receive a $3,000 stipend each, to drop their regular routines for a three-month period and work, instead, in a designated area within the hotels, QCA said.

QCA has chosen the Z NYC Hotel and the Paper Factory Hotel, both in Long Island City, to each provide an open, public space for the artists to work and a community room where QCA can host public events and workshops. The artists will not be required to live in the hotels during their residency, QCA said.

“As the organizer of this residency, QCA’s view is that artists are creative and valuable community members who are often experts at creative problem solving and encouraging neighbors to interact,” QCA officials said.














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