What’s Up In Southeast Queens: March 24-30, 2017

WHATS-UP

March 25
Jamaica Is Visioning Summit
Members of the Jamaica community are being invited to spend the day of the summit working and conceptualizing actionable solutions for the future of arts and culture in Southeast Queens. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
The meeting is set to take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, which is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 618-6170.

March 26
York College Performing And Fine Arts Department Presents: “The Water Carriers”
The future and past mystically weave together for a diverse group of refugees fleeing Africa. “The Water Carriers” tells the story of African legends Sunjata and The Tree of Life as seen through the turbulent eyes of six strangers stowed away in a shipping container bound for who-knows-where. The future and past mystically weave together.
“The Water Carriers” will be performed at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center on the following dates: March 24 at 4 p.m., March 25 at 7 p.m., March 26 at 3 p.m. and March 28 at 12 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $10. For more information, call the box office at (718) 262-2840.

March 29
QCA Creative Conversations
Ryan Gilliam, chairman of Fourth Arts Block and artistic/executive director of Downtown Art, will lead a meeting on the establishment of artist-driven spaces and the creation of cultural districts. The event is set for 6 p.m. at the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center, 158-29, Archer Ave., Jamaica. For more information, go to queenscouncilarts.org

March 30
District 27 Participatory Budgeting Voting
Want to make a difference in your community? Then, take part in voting for participatory budgeting. This is real money, real projects, and real power handed over to the people who know the community best: its residents.

For those residing in the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village, and Springfield Gardens, here is a chance to cast a vote for the participatory voting projects that deserve funding. There will be various locations for you to go to. Contact the office of Councilman I. Daneek Miller at (718) 776-3700 for more information.

March 30
NYC Department of Environmental Protection College Internship
Have a passion of the environment and civic duty? Applications are now open for summer internships with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. College students are encouraged to apply for summer job opportunities with the Department of Environmental Protection through its annual internship program. The program this year is offering 65 internships – the majority of them paid positions – in the fields of engineering, science, planning, sustainability, law, community outreach and more.

Those accepted into the 10-week summer internship program will have the chance to work alongside a team of highly trained, diverse and skilled DEP employees who operate the nation’s largest municipal water and wastewater utility, and regulate noise and air pollution throughout the five boroughs.

For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep and click on the jobs and opportunities tab on the left.

The Future Is Female Play Festival
The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College is hosting an outpost of The Future is Female Play Festival on March 30. Visitors can find out more information on the festival at thefutureisfemalefestival.com. The night will consist of 10-minute plays written by women of all backgrounds on the subject “the future is female” and what that means to them. The performing arts center’s aim is that by joining under the umbrella of a shared festival happening simultaneously in numerous places, women’s voices will be louder. Instead of spending the month celebrating women’s history, this event will celebrate women’s futures.

The festival is set for 6 p.m. at the York College Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center. For more information, call (718) 262-3750

March 31
New York City Summer Youth Employment Program Deadline
If you are a New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, please complete the Summer Youth Employment Program application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job. We have a variety of different positions to ensure that your summer is both productive and financially stable. The deadline has been extended to March 31.

To fill out an application, visit https://application.nycsyep.com/Default.aspx. For information on other programs the city is running to keep our youths working and productive, visit www.nyc.gov/html/dycd.

April 1
Queens Memory Program: King Manor Hands-On History
The Queens Memory team will be at King Manor, located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave, for a Hands-On History event. The event will be held in the parlor room with archival replicas explaining Jamaica’s rich history. Children and their families are welcome to bring their best Queens photographs for inclusion in the library’s digital archives.

April 2
Sunday Concerts @ Central: Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano – El Barrio Project
Pablo Mayor presents the new repertoire from his latest “El Barrio Project,” which crosses cultural boundaries by delving into the heart of New York City’s barrios (ethnic neighborhoods). Hear high-energy salsa and Colombian music inspired by themes and sounds of NYC’s Latin American communities.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. at the Queens Central Library, located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Admission is free.

April 6
A Spring Evening with “The Color Purple” Broadway Star Joaquina Kalukango
See Broadway star Joaquina Kalukango live at the Central Library. Kalukango starred in the Broadway adaptation of the novel, “The Color Purple.” The Julliard graduate has also starred in other performances, including “Encores! Wild Party,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” “The Color Purple” and “Godspell”, and off-Broadway in “Our Lady of Kibeho,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Emotional Creature,” “Hurt Village” and “Rent.” Music will be directed by Harlem’s Charles Duke, who is a singer, songwriter, composer and classically trained pianist.

The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Queens Central Library, located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Ongoing Until April 21
York College Fine Arts Faculty Show: Those Who Can, Do
Those who can, do…those who teach, also do. Here’s a chance to experience the talent of the faculty of the York College Fine Arts Department. The gallery will feature the works of the following professors: Sally Boon Matthew, Nina Buxenbaum, Zoe Chan, David Antonio Cruz, Andrea Deflice, Jennifer Formica, Nicholas Fraser, Maki Hajikano, Lisa Mackie, Daniel Phelps, Carlos Sandoval, Michael Smith and Maragaret Rose Vendryes.

Don’t miss what promises to be a very fine show. The gallery is on display at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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