Flushing Town Hall 2024 GO Queens Grant

This program is funded by The Howard Gilman Foundation.


GO Queens Grant Recipients (for Organizations)

Aim Innovation, Inc. provides African- and Black American-centered dance, music, and art programs and instruction to the communities of South Jamaica and Queens. Following traditional African culture, the center’s overriding ethos is that the creative arts are a vital instrument for community healing and therapy. For more info, visit http://aiminno.org/

Astoria Film Festival, Inc. is devoted to increasing the representation of historically-ignored people, both in front of and behind the camera, by empowering them to tell their own stories using film and digital media arts. They hold an annual festival and an annual youth festival, a media career fair, intern and Film Fellows programs, and Filmmaking Workshops for ages 8 to adult. For more info, visit http://astoriafilmfestival.org/ 

Astoria Film Festival, Inc.

Buena Onda Collective is an innovative transmedia collective deeply rooted in eco-centrism, art, and technology. Born from a chance encounter in Rockaway Beach's winter seas, their foundation lies in a profound oceanic connection and a commitment to redefining our ecological impact innovatively. Driven by a desire to spark environmental awareness, Buena Onda addresses pivotal issues like climate change, social justice, and equitable technology access. For more info, visit http://buenaondacollective.org/

DanceStream Projects is a Queens-based creative collective, dedicated to building healthy, expressive and inclusive community using dance as a catalyst for systems change. DanceStream Projects has a mission to spark brain health and build creative community through dance and movement. DanceStream Projects brings together artists, researchers and communities as active collaborators in creative and educational projects that build spaces of belonging, amplify collective stories while fortifying wellbeing. For more info, visit https://dancestreamprojects.com/

Dinizulu Cultural Arts Institute, Inc. is a non-profit organization that studies and disseminates the indigenous traditions and cultures of Africa. These studies also include the experiences and cultural enrichment of Africans in the Diaspora. Their goal is to provide an avenue for intelligent dialogue, education and artistic expression relating to the tradtions of Africa for everyone to respect and appreciate. For more info, visit http://dinizuluarts.org/

Eclipses Group Theater New York

Eclipses Group Theater New York is a Queens-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater company, established in 2011 by a group of Greek immigrant artists to serve as a cultural bridge between the United States and Greece. They aim to develop an intercultural artistic dialogue of global interest, collaborating with artists of other ethnicities and cultures, and establishing bonds with the multiethnic artistic community of New York City and Queens in particular. For more info, visit http://www.egtny.com/

Flamenco Latino, Inc. is a dynamic, performing arts organization dedicated to exploring and evolving the art of flamenco through a unique blend of traditional and contemporary influences. Founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1999, they have become a notable force on the New York flamenco scene. Their mission is to explore and expand the boundaries of flamenco, integrating it with other diverse musical and dance traditions. For more info, visit https://www.flamencolatino.com/

Gamelan Dharma Swara is a New York-based ensemble whose mission is to inspire wonder through the Balinese performing arts, engaging curious partners and audiences via performance, commissions, and education. Wonder as a precursor to appreciation allows GDS to evolve and broaden the definition of gamelan, leveraging the Balinese arts as an accessible platform for artistic collaboration and cultural exchange. For more info, visit https://www.dharmaswara.org/

Gotham Dance Theater, founded and directed by Marc Nuñez in 2015, is a contemporary street dance company. GDT’s social purpose is to amplify and represent the diverse cultures of Queens through dance. Themes covered are through Marc’s perspectives as a Filipinx-American, gay immigrant, as well as his dancers’ perspectives, including barriers for immigrants, complexities of growing up as a child of immigrants in a eurocentric heteronormative society, and the celebration of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. For more info, visit http://gothamdancetheater.com/

Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Guyanese women and girls to create their paths to success while celebrating and preserving their cultural heritage. Their mission is to harness the power of leadership to ignite inspiration among Guyanese women and girls. For more info, visit https://guyanesegirlsrock.org/

Gamelan Dharma Swara

Himalayan Language and Culture Program is a community-driven educational program for Himalayan youth in Queens, New York, to learn ancestral languages alongside musical and dance traditions. Their goal is to provide opportunities for Himalayan children to engage in preserving, promoting and sharing their rich cultures and languages. For more info, visit https://ctmd.org/programs/sharing-traditions/himalayan-language-and-culture-program/

Hip to Hip Theatre Company is dedicated to stimulating and developing interest in the theatre arts in underserved communities of Queens by providing free, family-friendly, professional productions of popular classics, and free theatre workshops for children, in public spaces. They operate on the following core beliefs: (1) theatre should be accessible to the widest possible audience; (2) the values of theatre contribute to the cultural, ethical and moral life of the community; (3) theatre is a celebration of community spirit; and (4) great plays and performances have the power to change lives. For more info, visit http://hiptohip.org/

Jiva Performing Arts, Inc's mission is to develop and present new voices in the classical arts of India and increase appreciation and accessibility of these timeless arts for all communities. Bharatanatyam artist Sonali Skandan and Carnatic musician/composer Bala Skandan founded Jiva in 2007 in New York City. Jiva is composed of an all-female professional dance company Jiva Dance, Akshara Music Ensemble, and a School that provides comprehensive training for beginners through professionals. For more info, visit https://jivaperformingarts.org/

Mare Nostrum Elements, based in Woodside, Queen, is a versatile entity that acts as a Performance Group, Training Outlet, and Production Company. In its dedication to the expression of human emotion through dance, theater, and movement, MNE strives to reduce the distance between artistic disciplines by exploring their points of intersection and sharing the results through performances, workshops, and outreach programs. MNE’s mission is to nurture the next wave of artists working in diverse dance disciplines, with an emphasis on LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and BIPOC artists, as well as underserved local youth and communities. For more info, visit http://www.mnelements.org/

Queensboro Dance Festival

Queensboro Dance Festival's mission is to strengthen the dance community in Queens and inspire a greater appreciation for Queens dance. They present only Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles. Queensboro Dance Festival started as a 4-night program at the local Secret Theatre in Long Island City, and are now a summer outdoor tour of 30-40 free dance performances and classes, as well as professional development events for dancers throughout the entire borough, presenting about 25 professional Queens-based dance companies each season. For more info, visit http://www.queensborodancefestival.org/

Rockaway Film Festival is a moving-image celebration that brings affordable, inclusive, and enriching cinema and cultural programs to the Rockaway peninsula, aiming to captivate and connect all members of our vibrant community. For more info, visit http://rockawayfilmfestival.org/

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR)'s mission is committed to serving the diverse cultural life of Queens' seniors, adults and youth by presenting live theatrical programs that will entertain, inspire and educate our audiences while showcasing its members' talents, promoting a more positive image of older "Young at Heart" adults. For more info, visit http://star-queens.org/

Southeast Queens Artist Alliance is a vibrant collective, composed of visual artists, writers, and curators committed to fostering a robust artistic community. Founded in 2017, SEQAA's primary goal is to nurture a sense of camaraderie by establishing a support network among artists and arts workers residing in Southeast Queens (SEQ). For more info, visit http://seqaa.org/

Teen Art Salon, Inc.

Teen Art Salon, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit based in Long Island City that supports, develops, and promotes adolescent artists and demystifies the process of starting a career as an artist. Since 2015, TAS has provided open-door, free-of-charge art instruction and materials to 150+ young artists a year, with the objective to overcome industry barriers. For more info, visit http://www.teenartsalon.com/

The Blue Bus Project is a nonprofit organization that brings participatory arts events into underserved communities throughout NYC, heightening awareness about social and environmental issues, and encouraging change through visual, performance, and interdisciplinary art workshops. As a mobile venue, the repurposed school bus hosts projects in public parks, community centers, and NYCHA housing complexes, connecting local organizations with artists to design programs for the specific needs of a community. For more info, https://www.thebluebusproject.org/

The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra that uses classical music as a platform to engage audiences in dialogues on social and racial justice. Featuring people of color in the orchestra, in the music, behind the scenes, and in the audiences, this is an orchestra that truly looks and sounds like New York City, illuminating the totality of what classical music has been in order to point towards a vision of what classical music can, and should, become. For more info, visit http://thedreamunfinished.org/

Theatre East is dedicated to illuminating the intricacies of the human experience through the transformative power of live theater, arts education, and community engagement. They believe in the profound importance of exploring the gray areas of social issues, where complexities and uncertainties abound and where understanding and compassion thrive. For more info, visit http://www.theatreeast.org/

Southeast Queens Artist Alliance

Un Colectivo Recuerda is a collective committed to communal practices of audio-visual memory work, self-determination and liberation of our histories, territories and bodies. They began in 2016 to discuss the politics and poetics of filmmaking as artists, educators, and cultural workers who have ties to and history in Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. They are engaged in organizing our communities and creating representations of shared identity and shared struggle. Un Colectivo Recuerda utilizes memory work as an organizing practice to reflect and question the past and future with the goal of collective autonomy. For more info, visit https://www.instagram.com/uncolectivorecuerda/

Wawakuna is a cultural, music, and dance collective whose cultural organizing focuses on learning from the past while co-creating cultural expressions that are committed to social consciousness for the children of the Ecuadorian migration and their broader migrant communities from the rest of the Americas. Their collective is formed by migrant communities from Indigenous and peasant families. Through education of traditional folkloric dance, music and gender justice, they (1) amplify their role in preserving their Andean Ecuadorian Indigenous culture to cultivate their ancestors' roots and pride in Queens; and (2) create the foundations for girls and young Andean women to take on leadership roles in their communities, and to challenge patriarchy both in their own culture and wider society. For more info, visit http://wawakuna.org/

Yes Girls Create, Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit girls mentor group with a mission to unite girls aged 8 to 18 through creative collaborative events. The organization's 5 year history is rooted in the belief of "Creativity without Limitation." They are committed to providing girls with opportunities to explore their creative potential, boost their self-esteem, and build lasting friendships. For more info, visit http://www.yesgirlcreateinc.org/