What is SPQ?

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA concentration and new Advanced Certificate Program bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College (City University of New York: CUNY), with the long-standing activism of the Queens Museum.

The MFA concentration and Advanced Certificate Program in social practice integrates studio work with social, tactical, interventionist and cooperative forms. SPQ’s goal is to initiate interdisciplinary projects with real world outcomes rooted in CUNY’s rigorous departmental offerings in tandem with the Queens Museum’s ongoing community engagement programs. Recently SPQ has developed a cross-disciplinary partnership with the Queens College Department of Urban Studies to merge an education in urban research and service learning with strategies in new genre public and community arts. SPQ courses are taken by students of art and design as well as planning, policy, and environmental studies.

SPQ is looking for students seeking to learn more about the relationship between art and social action, as well as public practitioners already active in this area who wish to further concentrate their work in a hybrid academic and community-based setting.

SPQ, takes place within a context of a 54 credit MFA or 24 credit Advanced Certificate Program, representing an unparalleled value*, especially for residents of New York.

Learn more about our:




Faculty and Staff


MFA Degree and Advanced Certificate Program
(requirements and application Instructions)

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