BY SAM RAPPAPORT
Flushing Town Hall will honor two people and one organization that supports the arts during its 39th Anniversary Gala on June 7.
This year’s event will honor Howard Graf, of Graf & Lewent Architects, LLP; Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, president of Queens College; and 9P Community Volunteers.
Tickets for the annual benefit start at $350 per person for non-members and $295 for members. Proceeds from the event will support Flushing Town Hall’s arts and cultural programs, which reach more than 56,000 people annually. The event, which will be held at Flushing Town Hall, kicks off at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the awards ceremony and live entertainment.
The mission of Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian affiliate and member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group, is to provide “global arts for a global community.” The institution regularly provides Queens with performances and exhibitions that are international in scope.
“This annual event is an opportunity to showcase the value of culture and arts in our community and throughout the borough, and it is a chance to come together and celebrate remarkable honorees who exemplify the importance of supporting the arts,” Flushing Town Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek said of the gala.
In addition to celebrating Queens College President Felix V. Matos Rodriquez and 9P Community Volunteers at this year’s gala, Kodadek will award Architect Howard Graf with Flushing Town Hall’s first annual Creative Design and Architecture Award.
While this year’s gala is posed to infuse Flushing Town Hall with a fresh set of funds, the institution has also recently benefited by a gift from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA recently announced an Art Works grant of $60,000 for Flushing Town Hall’s performing arts programming. The NEA’s Art Works category of grants is meant to fund projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence while strengthening local communities.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said.
“Through the work of organizations such as Flushing Town Hall in Queens, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
Flushing Town Hall said that the NEA funds allotted to the institution will support 17 public performances, 10 school group performances, 14 workshops and one pop-up exhibition. It estimates that approximately 140 artists will be served by the grant.