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First Queens Art Intervention Day to offer interactive projects throughout borough

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Photos by RPGA Studios

Communities throughout Queens are set for an artistic intervention, looking to inspire, educate and empower residents and feed the pulse of the borough.

The nonprofit studio Rego Park Green Alliance, which uses creative methods to address community issues, will host the first Queens Art Intervention Day on Sept. 27 throughout the borough from Long Island City to the Rockaways.

“We see something that we are not happy with and we try to think about how we can fix it in a creative way,” said Yvonne Shortt, who started the studio and is currently the executive director.

The day-long event, which has a rain date for Oct. 4, will feature a total of 30 projects including murals, art installations, performance pieces, hands-on programs, and many more creative activities taking place outdoors in Astoria, LIC, Kew Gardens, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Laurelton, Corona, Whitestone and the Rockaways.


“We want our borough to be seen as a place that people want to come and do interesting things,” Shortt said. “We hope this will help Queens continue to grow and continue to thrive and not just have one spot thought of as artistic and creative.”

According to Shortt, along with being visually appealing, the pieces will also serve to bring about change and to get community members thinking about certain issues.

For example, posters for one project called “Stat Girl” depict a super hero displaying statistics on traffic accidents that have occurred on Queens Boulevard in the past two years. The posters will be put up all day down the thoroughfare.

stat girl photo by RPGA Studios

“We would love for people to stop and engage,” Shortt said. “It’s really about the communities themselves to find some inspiration and advocate for better communities.”

Shortt said that although there were over 160 submissions this year, funding, provided solely by Shortt, only allowed for 25 projects to be part of the event. In the future, she hopes to expand the event to more days and many more communities in the borough.

“There’s an active pulse throughout the borough of Queens and I’m very excited to help it move forward. I feel that if you have ideas and are willing to push it forward, that Queens is a very inviting borough.” Shortt said. “We’re showing the vitality of Queens.”

For more information and the full list of projects for Queens Art Intervention Day, click here.


Students compete in Queens 3-D printing challenge

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

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Creativity was running high as Queens students competed in the Rego Park Green Alliance’s first school 3-D printing contest at P.S. 175 Sunday.

In the Creative Challenge and 3-D Printing Competition, nearly 100 children from about a dozen teams and seven schools learned how to use the technology and then create their own designs over a period of a couple of months.

The contest required teams to use 3-D printers to build play sets that could fit into a 6-by-6-by-6-inch box. A panel of judges from the design and technology industry then examined the creations and made awards in several categories.

The purpose of the program was to expose youngsters to the emerging technology, but judges were surprised by the entries the kids produced.

“I think right now 3-D modeling is inaccessible,” said Jenna Boldebuck, a designer for the alliance and a judge in the competition. “But the younger generation isn’t afraid to use it. They are only 10 years old and they are making such amazing things.”

The host school, P.S. 175, shined in the competition.

The school’s A-team, a mix of fifth-graders, created a play set based on “The Wizard of Oz,” because the students watched the Broadway musical “Wicked” and read the original story for class. The group won the People’s Choice award and the Best Design award.

Then the school’s B-team, which was comprised of fourth graders, won Best Presentation for building a play set with the theme of the first Thanksgiving between Native Americans and the Pilgrims, which they learned about in their social studies curriculum.

The group from P.S. 11 won Best Collaboration, and third graders from P.S. 139 won the Best Innovation award for customizable car models and an accompanying track set.

“They are being exposed. The future is theirs, now they have the ability to learn more,” said Patricia Cooper, principal of P.S. 175, about the contest. “It’s not STEM education, it’s STEAM. We combined science, technology, engineering, art and math.”



Rego Park group to host 3D printing challenge for students

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Photos courtesy Rego Park Green Alliance

The Rego Park Green Alliance, a group that fosters art and technology in Queens, will host a 3D printing pilot contest for children on May 4 at P.S. 175.

Nearly 100 students between the third and sixth grade will learn how to use 3D printing applications and create their own designs for the competition.

“The 3D printing tool is very interesting, because it doesn’t just teach math and engineering. It also teaches art,”said Yvonne Shortt, executive director of the Rego Park Green Alliance.

The organization has been working with the Queens Library to teach students and adults how to use 3D printers since last year. Now they are taking it directly to schools.

The group trained teachers in several local public and private schools, which will educate their students about 3D printing and design for the pilot challenge.

The children are tasked to design play sets on the computer and use 3D printers at school or through the Alliance. The winning designs will be chosen from three categories: innovation, collaboration and presentation. The students can create play sets from any theme that they like, as long as it fits in a 6-by-6-by-6 inch box.

The challenge comes from the idea to teach kids about emerging technology and incite creativity.
Shortt and her group believe that by introducing 3D printers to children, which is relatively new technology, it will help parents learn more about it.

Also, after learning how to make their creations from scratch, students will value their toys and other items more.

“This little toy is not going to end up on the floor, because it would have taken about 10 hours to design,” Shortt said. “It creates value after making it by hand.”