From the beginning, students are encouraged to develop real-world projects to serve as long-term practicums reflecting the ideas, theories and methodologies they encounter across their various SPQ seminars.
Student-led projects can be developed in tandem with the Queens Museum’s ongoing community-based initiatives, giving students access to the formidable expertise, resources, and networks of the museum’s community organizers and arts administrators.
CURRENT STUDENT PROJECTS
For the past ten years the Queens Museum has sought to thoroughly integrate socially-engaged art in partnership with a coalition of over 40 local stakeholders in Queens (with a particularly strong network in Corona) in a sustained and dialogue-based fashion in ways that few museums have tried.
The Queens Museum staff makes themselves available to introduce SPQ students to the nuances of Queens and Corona, suggest relevant community partners with which to collaborate, provide advice on permitting and other logistics, make relevant introductions to municipal agencies and elected officials, as well book museum space for larger collaborative meetings, public events, workshops, or happenings, as the museum’s schedule and technical capacity allows.
Corona Plaza is a newly-created public space in the heart of Corona. The plaza has been the central site for many of the museum’s public art projects and community festivals, as well as the core of the museum’s recent parks and public space advocacy work.
SPQ students have the opportunity to be involved directly in this ongoing programming of the Plaza, as well as facilitating viable physical interventions.
Immigrant Movement International
Immigrant Movement International is a community space in Corona, founded in 2011 as a partnership between artist Tania Bruguera and the Queens Museum, with support from Creative Time. The space offers comprehensive educational programming, health, and legal services at no cost. On any given week, over a dozen free workshops are hosted at the project’s storefront on Roosevelt Avenue, ranging from dance, nutrition, childcare, bicycle maintenance, construction safety, classical music, English language through art history, Spanish for Mandarin speakers, computer literacy, screen printing, immigration law, to counseling for women who are victims of domestic violence.
Immigrant Movement International has served and will continue to serve as a multi-purpose space that can accommodate SPQ classes, student projects, and occasional public event/workshop.