New Pop-Up Art Festival on Wheels to Debut in Jamaica, Queens!
July 2018, Jamaica, NY — The Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) is taking art from the studio to the streets with its first day-long, free (C)Art Festival on Saturday, September 1st (rain date: Saturday, September 8th) at Rufus King Park on Jamaica Ave. & 150th Street. From 11am-5pm, visitors will have the opportunity to participate with local artists in hands-on art creation and educational activities ranging from paper-making to designing personal herbal teas. All happening in, on and around mobile carts!
Founded in 2017, SEQAA is a collective of artists and arts professionals who seek to cultivate and share artistic expression where they live and work. Its mission is to nurture local talent and support quality cultural programming in our community, particularly in public spaces. The (C)Art Festival is The Alliance’s first major initiative that invites interactive public experiences at a historical community space on the grounds of the Rufus King Manor Museum.
As Southeast Queens undergoes new developments and major changes, the (C)Art Festival will be a vehicle for SEQAA to introduce The Alliance to our neighbors and visitors as well as further its mission of building and expanding the current art community and its cultural offerings.
A number of cross-disciplinary projects will be available at the (C)Art Festival that are fun and engaging for people of all ages. They include:
- Rejin Leys’ PulpMobile DIY paper-making project.
- Shervone Neckles’ Creative Gathering Wellness Station, an herbal tea-making cart.
- Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks and Margaret Rose Vendryes’ Consume a piece of Cuba before… / Consuma un trozo de Cuba antes que…, a community dialogue project about the changing relations between Cuba and the USA discussed while consuming cake.
- Sherese Francis’ Expressions mobile library of Southeast Queens authors and writers will present a bookmaking workshop and the Black Cherry Jam Open Mic.
- Natali S. Bravo-Barbee’s Fresh of the Press: The Green Card Cart, taking a small, portable Gocco silkscreen press and printing limited edition Green Card prints, to open dialogue about the current immigration crisis, deportations and family separations.
- Art & Com’s (Thiago Szmrecsányi, Natalia De Campos, Tracy Collins and Toya Mileno) Collective Bargain, a mobile installation-performance-intervention that displays information, media and ephemera related to collectivity, action, gathering, healing, and the power of union.
- Museum of Impact’s #UpstanderLoveLetters, an artful intervention where participants learn to ‘Stand Up. Speak Up. Act Up’ for what they believe in by engaging in a series of themed activities that amplify social justice.
- Other participants include Queens Creative Solidarity, multimedia artist Elizabeth Velazquez, and other local creators and organizations.
The (C)Art Festival is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and through a partnership with King Manor Museum. For more information about the festival, please contact SEQAA at email@example.com. Additionally, please visit our website, Seqaa.org, and our social media pages, Southeast Queens Artist Alliance on Facebook and @southeastqueensartists on Instagram.
Our World Hour of Power with Special Guest – Brendez Wineglass (Social Broker)
A native New Yorker and Howard University graduate, Wineglass is a dedicated and proven leader with 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare, tech, and events industries. Upon graduation, Wineglass elected to expand her horizons launching a
diverse career excelling in the areas she was most passionate; community advocacy, social engagement, and event production.
After earning her Sports Medicine degree at Howard, Wineglass began her professional career climbing the ranks in the healthcare field. She rose from volunteer to Manager of Patient Transportation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in an impressive four-year timespan in which she was the youngest person in a management role at the hospital. Brendez was trusted by the Center’s Senior Executive and Executive teams to revise hospital policies, implementing effective healthcare practices to improve the overall quality of the hospital. Wineglass’ drive to expand her career brought her to Black Enterprise, holding a pivotal role as Events Producer independently coordinating events and working with top brands like Nationwide, State Farm, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, FedEx, and PepsiCo. She also worked with celebrities and important community leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Judith Smith, Don Thompson, Susan Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Audrey Smaltz, Don Thompson, Michael Lee-Chin, Steve Harvey and Mellody Hobson to name a few. These successful experiences strengthened her capacity to build relationships and connect leaders, companies, and consumers through life-changing events across the nation. Since 2017, Wineglass has held the impressive position of Project Manager at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, leading the community of Jamaica in New York to one of strength and stability through several impressive initiatives. She has secured several hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from some of the nation’s top companies – Goldman Sachs and Con Edison respectively – and has leveraged those funds into large scale small business improvement projects and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Wineglass serves on several boards including the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York , Community Mediation Services of NYC, Is a 2018 Art Commissioning Producer with the Queens Council, a 2018 Innovative
Cultural Fellow, and a member of influential organizations such as For (bes) The Culture, Google Partners, BWOI (Black Women of Influence), ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Black Tech Women. She has been a thought leader and advocates in the areas of
community engagement, arts & culture, fiscal equity, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and technology. Wineglass continues to build her legacy of giving back to younger generations and contributes to improving the world around her.
Dawn Kelly – 2019 Microbusiness Person of the Year
Hungry + Small = Success for the Nourish Spot
Jamaica, Queens’ The Nourish Spot to receive federal small business award from SBA
New York – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office has selected Dawn Kelly, owner of The Nourish Spot in Jamaica, Queens as its Microbusiness Person of the Year for 2019. A microbusiness is a company that’s been in business at least one year and employs fewer than five employees.
Kelly was selected as SBA’s Microbusiness Person of the Year for her unique, innovative and creative health food store. After failing to be profitable in 2017, The Nourish Spot netted its first profit in 2018. People discouraged Kelly from starting her company, fearing that the neighborhood would not support a health food business, but she followed her dream and is proving that her creative leadership and unique idea can make the business a success. The Nourish Spot offers a selection of natural fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, salads, soups, sandwich wraps and more.
WHAT: Beth Goldberg, Director of the New York SBA District Office, will present Dawn Kelly a certificate for Microbusiness of the Year and tour the restaurant to learn more about the business and how it has overcome diversity to grow.
Ms. Kelly will discuss her entrepreneurial journey and what it has been like to grow her business in Jamaica Queens.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Nourish Spot – 107-05 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11433
WHO: Beth Goldberg, New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Director; Dawn Kelly, The Nourish Spot, Inc., Owner.
WHY: Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the vitality of our communities and neighborhoods by celebrating National Small Business Week (May 5th – May 12th). Small Businesses employ over 50 percent of the nation’s workforce; two out of every three new jobs are created by a small business. View SBA’s 2019 Small Business Week Awards press release here.
Dawn Kelly is being recognized as the New York District SBA Office’s Microbusiness of the Year for 2019; we hope the media will help us celebrate this great achievement.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Bailey Wolff at (202) 815-4481 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.