CB 1 cabinet discussion about the Arts in Astoria at Kaufman Studios.
PHOTO BY YVETTE BROWN
BY YVETTE BROWN
Community Board 1 held their monthly cabinet meeting last Thursday where some of the arts in Astoria came together to discuss new programs and changes implemented at their establishment.
The Museum of Moving Image, the Socrates Sculpture Park, the Noguchi Museum, Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Astoria Performing Arts Center were all in attendance.
Carl Goodman, executive director of the MOMI, started the meeting by explaining part of the changes implemented in MOMI include free admission to galleries for 2016 IDNYC card holders.
The 2016 IDNYC MOMI membership is standard and what would normally be a $75 value, is free for a whole year, but one must be a 2016 IDNYC card holder, this does not qualify for 2015 IDNYC card holders.
He mentioned that thanks to City funding through capital money, MOMI has started a new major project, which will be a permanent exhibition of the life and work of Jim Henson. It is set to open mid-way through the year.
Pasqualina Azzarello, director of public programs at Socrates Sculpture Park, spoke next about changes being made to the park.
One of the programs that will be implemented at the Socrates Sculpture Park is their jobs program.
“We partner with Urban Upbound and Jobs Plus at their Astoria Houses location and we work with community residents in Astoria, Ravenswood and Queensbridge to create new jobs,” said Azzarello. “It’s not just for a part-time job for a season, but we also partner with Plant Specialists, which is one of our local stakeholders here, and graduates of our seasonal program are placed in year round full-time jobs with Plant Specialists.”
They’re also honoring a $15 an hour wage.
Socrates will be offering a music program as well for the spring, summer and fall in conjunction with their summer film series.
Jennifer Burlenski, deputy director of the Noguchi Museum, spoke next jumping right into how there are several installations opening this month including their anniversary catalog exhibition.
As far as the educational aspect, Noguchi Museum has a Spanish-Language Photography workshop for adults over the age of 16, offered from Jan. 26 to March 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is another program called Open Studio, which is offered every first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which allows families with children of all ages to make art and explore the galleries. The site to find out more information is Noguchi.org.
Tracy Capune, vice president of Kaufman Astoria Studios, gave a quick rundown of the shows going on in the Studios.
There will also be an event called New York on Location and it will take place on May 15. This event is to help people understand that while location shooting may be inconvenient, it can also be fun. There will be a health fair that Kaufman Studios will be hosting as well.
Lastly, Jessica Brathurst, executive director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, spoke about their new projects, including Astoria Stories Project.
Brathurst then went on to discuss their new program Astoria Stories.
“We have selected a group of 11 playwrights and composers and they have been paired with various locations in Astoria. They will be writing short plays based around those locations,” said Brahurst.
Astoria Stories will also have a community aspect to it, where they are trying to get as many Astoria Stories from the community as possible. You can email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents or anyone interested in coming on board of APAC and becoming a volunteer should visit their website at apacny.org.
Reach Yvette Brown at (718)357-7400 ext. 128, email@example.com or @eveywrites.