QCA, Knockdown Center Team Up To Find Residency

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

The Knockdown Center is teaming up with Queens Council on the Arts to find a potential residency for the Maspeth-based arts center.

The Council has started a survey to determine how the Center can accommodate local artists and give them space to work on their projects.

Lynn Lobell, managing director at the QCA, said they are always looking to create more space for Queens-based artists and the survey is just another example of that.

“Artists are always looking for space,” she said.

Its primary goal will be to provide artists with a bigger area to start or complete a project if the studio where they work is too small or unable to accommodate all of their needs.

The six-question survey is short and simple, asking potential artists to describe the work they are producing, with “Do you feel your current arrangement is preventing you from executing particular projects you wish to explore?” among the questions.

Tyler Myers, one of the owners of the soon-to-be-opened art center, said they are glad to be working with the QCA to provide creative space for local artists.

“It is part of how we see the building functioning,” Myers said.

The center has come under scrutiny from Community Board 5 along with some residents because it applied for a liquor license last year. Residents said the center could bring hundreds of people to a residential neighborhood, creating parking hassles among other problems.

CB5 denied the center its liquor license application over concerns of not obtaining a certificate of occupancy. Myers said it is still working on obtaining the certificate.

Lobell said after they have gotten enough submissions, they will go through the applications and decide which ones are the best fit.

Myers said they should be able to manage multiple residencies but there could be some unforeseen barriers that they have not thought of yet.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/58XLPD3. You can also get it on the Knockdown Center’s Facebook page.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.