Besides their individual studios on the Queens College campus, SPQ students share a collaborative studio space within the Queen Museum’s new artist studio program. The SPQ Studio serves as a public headquarters for students’ ongoing projects.
The studio gives students a space for collaborative brainstorming and organizing around their projects, as well as access to the community of social practitioners working with the museum on special commissions, exhibiting, or participating in its public programs.
The museum’s studio program encourages all participating artists, including SPQ students, to host ‘open studios’ during the museum’s major exhibition openings and other major events, giving studio artists the opportunity to draw audiences and exposure for their ongoing work.
The SPQ studio is located within the Queens Museum, within Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in the neighborhood of Corona, in the NYC borough of Queens.
The New York City borough of Queens, where over 3.1 million residents speak an unparalleled 167 languages (approximately 46 percent are foreign born) , is singularly complex in its demographics and environmental history. Queens has a lively mix of both formal and informal economic and cultural activity, and is exemplary of the dynamics of transnational communities. It is also a place to understand the tensions between urban cores and their peripheries, and the cultural and resource differences between the two.
The Queens neighborhood of Corona is a bustling immigrant hub famed for its international character. It is is a vibrant multi-ethnic community with an active civic life. The neighborhood is rapidly growing due to its thriving immigrant-run small businesses, which are growing faster than the city’s overall economy. Yet, Corona faces several critical challenges. These include a housing shortage and rising rents (both for store owners and residents), an overburdened transportation system, street congestion, and lack of recreational facilities and public spaces.