2017-05-10 / Front Page

Festival Will Spotlight Community Voices And Diversity

Council Member Costa Constantinides with a heart he made to promote unity at the Community Voices Mini-Festival.
Council Member Costa Constantinides with a heart he made to promote unity at the Community Voices Mini-Festival. Hearts Across Queens, Global Kids, Five Boro Story Project, Growing Up Green, and Socrates Sculpture Garden held a festival to promote diversity, truth, and community-building. The Community Voices Mini-Festival was held on May 6 at Socrates Sculpture Garden, as part of their opening day celebrations. At this all-ages event, Global Kids youth performed Ping Chong’s “Undesirable Elements,” an original work which explores identity, world events, and personal family histories of the participants; the Five Boro Story Project facilitated story circles State Senator Michael Gianaris made a heartfelt message at the Community Voices Mini-Festival.

State Senator Michael Gianaris made a heartfelt message at the Community Voices Mini-Festival. among neighbors;  Growing Up Green Charter School engaged the public in intergenerational storytelling; and Hearts Across Queens continued its heart-making project in which participants created messages of love, unity and solidarity in the community, to be displayed around Astoria, including such locations as The Brass Owl, Lockwood, Trinity Lutheran Church, Astoria Park Wine, Tea and Milk, First Presbyterian/Art House Astoria, SHASTYE Art Gallery and Play Space, and more. For more information, please visit queensvoices.eventbrite.com.

State Senator Michael Gianaris with a heart he inscribed with a message of inclusion at the Community Voices Mini-Festival.


State Senator Michael Gianaris with a heart he inscribed with a message of inclusion at the Community Voices Mini-Festival. Organizers said, “Our neighborhood is very diverse, but it’s not very integrated. We’re hoping this event is a first step toward helping communities that have lived side by side for years, but have never interacted, become true neighbors and friends. Of course, one event won’t do it. But listening to each other and being in the same space is a start.”



Hearts Across Queens started the day after the 2016 presidential election, “in response to theCommunity Voices Mini-Festival was held by Hearts Across Queens, Global Kids, Five Boro Story Project, Growing Up Green, and Socrates Sculpture Garden to promote diversity, truth, and community-building. Participants included state Senator Michael Gianaris and Council Member Costa Constantinides.

Community Voices Mini-Festival was held by Hearts Across Queens, Global Kids, Five Boro Story Project, Growing Up Green, and Socrates Sculpture Garden to promote diversity, truth, and community-building. Participants included state Senator Michael Gianaris and Council Member Costa Constantinides. uptick in hate and intolerance” that a group of local moms saw both nationally and at their own door step. Since then, they have partnered with the Arab American Association of New York and the Center for Anti-Violence Education to train about 200 members of the community in bystander intervention and de-escalation. They have also held trainings on understanding the political process and how to talk to politicians, as well as community-building events that bring members of the various disparate communities in our neighborhoods together.

Global Kids performed at the Community Voices Mini-Festival in Socrates Sculpture Garden.Global Kids performed at the Community Voices Mini-Festival in Socrates Sculpture Garden.Hearts Across Queens also has a strong online presence – the small coalition has grown to a group of over 1,000, most of whom are in the NYC area, though they have members from all over the country. Also, they we are no longer all just moms – all are welcome, and they have members from all walks of life. They envision a truly unified western Queens where people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, religions, ethnicities, and creeds could come together and use their collective talents and experiences to address local issues.



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