October 2014 | Grants Results
Queens, the ‘New Arts Nexus’
ARTS BOOM: Members of Jackson Heights-based chamber ensemble, Imani Winds (above). Photo by Matthew Murphy. In the past two decades, The Trust has funded Queens groups (below) in an effort to bolster the arts in the outer boroughs.
From Astoria to Flushing, museums are expanding, artists moving in, and audiences growing for ethnic arts groups. As a cover story in Crain’s New York Business
puts it, “Queens is on a cultural roll.” The Trust, which has been working for years to enhance the arts in the outer boroughs, helped make it happen.
In Queens, our grants have increased attendance for Spanish dance and theater, funded sculpture fellowships for young artists, and provided arts education for disabled students. Now they’re helping to start a public library at the Queens Museum. “Queens is one of the most culturally diverse places on Earth, so it’s no wonder that arts, audiences, and artists are thriving,” says Kerry McCarthy arts program officer at The Trust.
In the past 20 years, The Trust has made many grants to arts groups serving Queens and more than $4.8 million in arts grants to nonprofits that call Queens home.