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Queens Council on the Arts to hold block party to celebrate its new Astoria space


June 21, 2013 By Bill Parry

The Queens Council on the Arts will celebrate its recent move to Astoria with a block party on Saturday.

The event, called Queens Art Express, will showcase local artists and food vendors and feature live music from 1pm to 6pm on 37th St. between 34th and 35th Avenues.

The Queens Council on the Arts is a non-profit group that fosters and develops art organizations and individuals through grants and developmental workshops. The QCA had been headquartered in a 100 year old building in the middle of Forest Park in Woodhaven until April.

“It was never very accessible–especially at night,” said Lynn Lobell, the group’s managing director.

The QCA has now moved into a 1,600 sq ft. office space located right in the middle of Astoria’s cultural hub. It is surrounded by the Astoria Performing Arts Center, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image.

“We used to watch the seasons change in Forest Park,” Lobell said. “Now we people watch.”

The block party will include activities like remote-control painting.

Pizzeria Uno, Sweets First and The Astor House will be on hand for food and beverages while bands like Beecher’s Fault will perform.

There will be an open house and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm.

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