2014 #JHArtsFestival Artist Annoucement



Beatriz Gil – (917)612-4756 – info@hibridos.co
Nitin Mukul – (917) 251-0354 – nmukul@gmail.com

JH Arts Festival 2014

Friends of Diversity Plaza
Celebrating Arts Under the Sun

2nd Jackson Heights Arts Festival 2014: Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, June 21st 2014, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Diversity Plaza / 37th Road Pedestrian Plaza (between 73rd Street & 74th Street), Jackson Heights, Queens

Local residents and artists await June 21st, the first day of summer, for the second Jackson Heights Arts Festival, an all day public event offering free art workshops, music, and outdoor art exhibitions. This year the event is organized by the Friends of Diversity Plaza and Jackson Heights artists and curators Hibridos Collective and Nitin Mukul.

The Jackson Heights Arts Festival will kick-off with two art education workshops led by Afzal Hossain (painting) and Deborah Wasserman (multi-media) 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by hourly musical performances starting at 12:00 p.m. as part of Make Music New York, a live, free musical yearly celebration with over 1,300 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs. This year’s Make Music New York artists were invited by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, one of the coalition groups that form the Friends of Diversity Plaza. The artists performing are Bethany Wild, CoCo Wade, Roopa Mahadevan, Nova Safra Bateria, AC Haley, Roberto Buscarsi, SA, and The Live Cultures (in order of appearance).


The exhibiting artists represent the diversity of the borough and a range of artistic disciplines: Antonio Sian (painting), Anna Paulette Ceraulo-Jalazo (painting), Archana Santra (painting), Carlos Amador (painting), David Heatley (drawing), Niizeki Hiromi (installation), Jaime Bautista (photography), Jeff Terzi (photography), Elma Skopljak​(painting),Fumi Nakamura (photography), Lucrecia Molinas (painting), Maria Uroos (painting), Maureen Altman (painting), Murugesan Sundaramurthy (graphic arts), Neha Gautam (photography), Nicholas Bertozzi (graphic arts), Rica Takashima (installation), Rodrigo Salazar (photography), and Roshani Thakore (installation).

This outdoor festival provides a space for local artists, residents and visitors to activate public space in the neighborhood and participate in interactive art that touches on issues of identity and diversity. In “Move with Us” Roshani Thakore and Fumi Nakamura will invite Queens immigrant residents to demonstrate physical stances in public spaces for an animated video to illustrate the collective cultural gestures in Queens. “It is about cultural pride, Queens pride, community, immigrants and empowerment. My goal is to collect 167 poses to represent the 167 cultures in Queens,” said Roshani Thakore. Participants will receive a custom designed luggage tag as a memento.

Rica T and Roshani T

Installation artist Rica Takashima is encouraging conversations on the plaza through wood board peekaboo sculptures representing different occupations and cultural diversity as part of her ongoing “Aliens in New York” series. People will have the opportunity to step into a peekaboo facing other peekaboos in a circle and participate in a conversation with other peekaboo participants. The artist will give away an art certificate with an instant photo. This is the second year of the festival, which was initiated by Hibridos Collective, a Jackson Heights-based collaborative working to re-envision underutilized spaces through community-based arts practices.

JHArtFestival 2013

ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF DIVERSITY PLAZA: The Friends of Diversity Plaza is a community partnership of local organizations and neighborhood residents committed to making the Jackson Heights Diversity Plaza a vibrant and welcoming community space. By helping to care for and program the Plaza, we envision it as a celebration of our neighborhood’s unity in its diversity – a gateway to Jackson Heights. This event was organized in partnership with Hibridos Collective, Nitin Mukul Projects and the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. Funding provided by Citizens Committee for New York City. www.facebook.com/friendsofdiversityplaza


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