Community & Partnerships

 

 

 

Flushing is a tremendously diverse community with roots in the earliest history of New York.  Founded by the Dutch (and originally named Vlissingen), Flushing's earliest defining moment was the writing of the Flushing Remonstrance in 1657, a petition to Governor Stuyvesant to allow religious freedom for Quakers in the colony. It was the original document articulating religious freedom in the U.S.  The Quaker Meeting House, built in 1694 and one of the oldest houses of worship in the U.S., is right across Northern Boulevard from Flushing Town Hall.  Flushing is also home to one of the oldest (and at one time the largest) African-American communities in NYC, and the Macedonia A.M.E. Church, founded in 1811, is a living testament to that legacy.  In 1865, Frederick Douglass himself spoke at Flushing Town Hall on the role of African-Americans in antebellum America.  In the last several decades, major influxes of Chinese, Korean, and South Asian Immigrants have transformed the neighborhood.  Significant populations of Latino immigrants have also settled nearby in Corona/Elmhurst, and across the borough of Queens.  The result is that Flushing in particular, and Queens as a whole, is a multilayered tapestry of cultures from all over the world, and of multiple histories dating back centuries.

 

Within that diverse landscape, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) has made it its mission to foster understanding and dialogue among all of these populations, using the medium of the arts.  Because so many languages are spoken in Flushing and Queens, and so many different cultural perspectives are reflected in its people, FCCA has formed many partnerships with local community organizations, as well as borough-wide organizations.  On a city-wide level, FCCA is a member of the Cultural Insititutions Group (CIG), and has formed partnerships with other CIGs and city-funded organizations that involve both government advocacy for the arts, as well as marketing and programmatic partnerships.  FCCA also partners with organizations advocating for greater arts education in NYC schools, and partners with schools and senior centers across Queens to bring the arts out into the community.

 

Below is a partial list of organizations with which FCCA partners to expand our service into the community. (each name is also a link to the organization's website, where available.)

 

 

If you are interested in partnering with us or would like to find out more about our partnerships, please contact Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director, ekodadek@flushingtownhall.org, or 718-463-7700 x 225