With summer approaching fast, we wanted to clue you all in to some amazing programs being presented by a couple of awesome organizations, right off the beach in the Rockaways.
These projects were brought to our attention by long time Rockaway resident and Rockaway Artists Alliance member Tracey Greene.
First program up is the "BLVD Project" brought to you by the folks or In Good Company Hospitality Group. The "BLVD Project" is an open air gallery geared for muralists and street artists to help transform 400 square feet of fence on Beach 108th Street in Far Rockaway. Event started yesterday Memorial Day to kick off the summer season, and will run into Labor Day in September. In Good Co. is still currently looking for artists to participate in project. Please e-mail Tracey Greene ASAP if interested @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second program is the opening of "You are Here" a visual display of different perspectives of the now ever changing Rockaways. "You are Here" is presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance. The Rockaway Artists (RAA) is a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization headquartered on the Rockaway peninsula. RAA's mission is to encourage and engage residents of its community, particularly its youth and seniors, in the arts and cultural activities.
The Queenscapes team will also be on hand at both venues looking to sign up and give more info to folks interested in participating in our upcoming project, "Hope of Hammel Houses." "Hope of Hammel Houses" is a socially interactive photography exhibit detailing said neighborhood. The project aims to empower the people of this NYCHA development by exposing them to positive imagery of their hometown. Although primarily geared to the youth and residents of the Hammel Houses in Far Rockaway, photographs and all images hashtagged #HopeofHammelHouses are welcome.
Words and photo by Adolfo Steve Vazquez