PRESS: Diversity Plaza Festival Looking for Local Artists to Showcase

By Katie Honan


Musicians and artists will showcase their talents at the second annual arts fest at Diversity Plaza, which helps kicks off the summer and celebrates the neighborhood’s many cultures.

The Jackson Heights Arts Festival was created last year by Friends of Diversity Plaza, a network of local residents and civic groups dedicated to providing programming for the plaza.

This year’s event, which takes place on June 21, will feature free art workshops, live music and exhibitions starting at 11 a.m at Diversity Plaza — and organizers are still looking for artists to take part. The event is organized by the Hibridos Collective and Nitin Mukul, who are local residents, artists and curators.

“There is no better way to celebrate that diversity than the arts,” Mukul said.

Artists can submit their work — either two-dimensional, sculptural or multidisciplinary — until June 7.

In addition to art, live music will be arranged by Make Music New York and the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, and will feature diverse musicians including a classical Indian singer and a Brazilian percussion group.

The event is a way for residents to “participate in ongoing clean-up, greening and art activities to bring life and color to the pedestrian plaza,” said Ed Westley, festival co-organizer and member of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

For more information on how to submit art for the fest, visit the Friends of Diversity Plaza Facebook page.

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