Artist Services at Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall was originally founded in 1979 as Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. We are proud to serve the global communities of Queens and New York City through programming that celebrates and uplifts the full range of cultural diversity in the borough and city.
FTH Artists Services aims to work with artists and organizations to provide tools and skills to foster their arts and culture practices and programs, as well as to offer opportunities to present and connect with other artists to enrich and enliven the Queens and NYC arts communities.
We offer a wide range of artist services, including regrant opportunities to fund arts and culture programs, space grants for artists to develop new work, professional development workshops, networking conversations, and more.
Artists and organizations with questions or interested in learning more are invited to reach out to Dan Bamba, Director of Arts Services at:
Arts Grants for Queens
As part of the Statewide Community Regrants program funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Arts Grants for Queens program will fund artists and arts organizations based in Queens to produce arts and culture projects to be presented in the borough in order to enrich and enliven the community.
The Arts Grants for Queens program features two opportunities: the Queens Community Arts Grant for Queens-based organizations, and the Artists in Queens Grant for individual artists who work and live in Queens.
GO Queens Grant
With funds from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Flushing Town Hall will award twenty-five $10,000 grants to Queens-based arts and culture nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets under $250,000. These funds may be used for General Operating Support (GOS) to help organizations grow their mission and work in the community. GOS funds may be used on expenses that include, but are not limited to, staff salaries, space/office rent, marketing costs, supply and equipment purchases, and costs related to programs and events.
Artist Professional Development Conversations
We invite artists creating in all disciplines to take part in our workshop series, Artist Professional Development Conversations, that will share tips, insights, and best practices for navigating the business side of an artistic career. Each virtual session will feature a conversation with FTH staff members to discuss how to better support, present, and market an artistic practice. Topics include fundraising, booking and programming with presentation venues, and PR and marketing strategies.
Since 2009, Flushing Town Hall has offered Space Grants to emerging and mid-career artists who are developing or completing new work. Free use of the facility, such as the theatre, is available, with hard costs the responsibility of the artists. Space Grants typically run from 1-6 weeks, depending on the artists' need and the availability of our facility.
Artists of all disciplines including Choreographers, Puppeteers, Film Makers, Circus Artists and Dancers are encouraged to request the space. In return for use of the building, Space Grant recipients are required to offer a culminating activity, such as a public performance, workshop or lec/dem.
Friday Zoom Artist Hang
Since the pandemic began in early 2020, artists have been meeting every Friday at 5pm (EST) on Zoom for Flushing Town Hall’s weekly Artist Zoom Hang, hosted and moderated by FTH Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. Attendees share news about projects they are working on, talk through a weekly prompt about artistic topics, and share artworks of all disciplines for discussions. Open to artists in all disciplines and from anywhere in the world, registration is not needed, feel free to call in whenever you're available!
To better serve our artists in Queens especially during these times, we've created an Artist Resources page that includes grant opportunities, job listings, emergency support, mutual aid resources, a venues directory, and another forthcoming database -- the Queens Artist Directory. These are active listings that will be continually updated, so please dive in and feel free to contact us with any suggestions of great resources to include!