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Queens Council on the Arts heading to Long Island City

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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:00 pm

Queens Council on the Arts, founded in 1966, is moving from its home in Forest Park to a new, 1,700-square-foot space at 37-11 35 Ave. in Long Island City, which the nonprofit is leasing from Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The organization, which supports Queens-based artists across all disciplines — fine arts, dance, music and more — administers grants with monies it receives from the city and private and corporate donations.

Last year, QCA awarded a quarter of a million dollars through nearly 100 grants, according to Executive Director Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer.

But the facility in Forest Park is “a golf house,” Krakauer said. It was chosen in part, she said, to facilitate programming in parks.

The new location was found after a long process that included a failed attempt in 2008 to move into LIC and a survey of Queens artists.

“They chose western Queens,” she said.

Construction is underway at the space, and the organization will complete its move sometime in the spring.

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