Hosted by Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Art Express (QAX) is an arts festival of exhibitions, events, performances, and great places to eat in the vibrant cultural communities of Queens. Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is throwing a block party on 37th St. between 34th and 35th Avenues in Astoria to celebrate their move into the Kaufman Astoria Studio community and the center of the most creative, artistic and culinary energies in the borough.
The event promises to bring out the artist in all who attend with the appearance of different art groups from around Queens. Each group will bring with them a unique activity that requires much creativity. All Attenborough Naftel, an artist duo from Sunnyside, will create an oversized stoop for an all-day game of creative stoopball. Freestyle Art, an artist team from Long Island City, will provide attendees with paintbrushes attached to fishing poles to create Jackson Pollack style drip paintings. They will also run a Remote Control Canvas, where you can create a drawing with markers or crayons attached to cars zooming around on a large canvas on the street that you control with a remote. Materials from the Arts will have a table with all kinds of things from their endless warehouse of materials and supplies, and some artists who will do hands-on activities for families and kids.
QCA’s High School to Art School students will serve as QCA story ambassadors during the event and rotate as portrait artists creating 60-second charcoal sketches that will be signed and matted. There will also be pushcart food vendors on site, in addition to a live performance by the Beechers Fault closing out the block party.
The public is invited to join QCA as they cut the blue r ibbon on their new space at the QAX Block Party on Saturday, June 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Queens Council on the Arts’ new space, located at 37-11 35th Ave., with an entrance on 37th St., in Astoria.