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Jackson Heights to celebrate arts during day-long festival

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Photo by Carlos Martinez, Hibridos Collective

Jackson Heights will bloom with the arts on the first day of summer.

For the second year, the Jackson Heights Arts Festival is slated to bring the community an all-day public event featuring free art workshops, music and outdoor art exhibitions during a Summer Solstice Celebration. The event will take place on June 21 at Diversity Plaza, a pedestrian plaza located on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets.

The outdoor festival is organized by the Friends of Diversity Plaza, a community partnership of local organizations and residents committed to re-envisioning Diversity Plaza as a space opened to the community.

Co-organizers of the festival are Hibridos Collective, an interdisciplinary collaborative co-founded by Carlos Martinez and Beatriz Gil, and Jackson Heights artist Nitin Mukul.

“In collaboration with the Friends of Diversity Plaza we want to build on the local arts community, increase the visibility of artists that live and work in the neighborhood, promote community-based arts and open a dialogue for empowerment through the arts,” Gil said.

The day-long festival will kick off at 11 a.m. with two art education workshops, followed by hourly musical performances starting at noon as part of Make Music New York. Artists performing include Bethany Wild, CoCo Wade, Roopa Mahadevan, Nova Safra Bateria, AC Haley, Roberto Buscarsi, SA, and The Live Cultures.

“Our community represents one of the most culturally diverse ZIP codes on the planet. There is no better way to celebrate that diversity than the arts,” Mukul said. “This exhibition brings together community artists in a public space, creating both intentional and accidental intersections as a metaphor for the strong, vibrant, eclectic community we are.”



Locals showcase work at Jackson Heights Arts Festival

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Benjamin Fang


The arts took to the streets in Jackson Heights this past weekend.

Hundreds of community members attended the Jackson Heights Arts Festival on Saturday as over 30 local artists, from writers to painters, showcased their work.

Organized by Hibridos Collective, an interdisciplinary collaborative co-founded by Carlos Martinez and Beatriz Gil, the arts festival incorporated art into public spaces in the community.

“We don’t have spaces in the neighborhood for working artists,” said Martinez, who noted the lack of galleries and art centers in Jackson Heights. “We want to discover the talents in the neighborhood and give them opportunities to exhibit their work.”

The event started with cleanup activities. Volunteers watered plants and collected garbage on 37th Road, also known as “Pedestrian Plaza.”

“Bringing the community into practice allows you to share your work,” Gil said. “It’s really encouraging to know that we’re now connected to people in the neighborhood.”

Visitors including families with young children participated in art, music and literary workshops and watched performers sing and dance on stage.

“I feel like a lot of places in the city just sell art,” said Cindy Lin, a recent graduate of Swarthmore College who passed through the festival. “Here, it seems like community participation, which I like.”