Flushing City Hall’s Asian and Asian-American arts programs foster cultural understanding

Flushing Town Hall, an affiliate of the Smithsonian and a member of New York’s prestigious group of cultural institutions, whose mission is to bring people together by showcasing global arts that celebrate the diverse communities of Queens and New York, spotlights Asian artists and Asian Americans in April and May.

Throughout the year, the non-profit organization showcases artists from multiple cultural traditions, performing different art forms including world music, jazz, dance, theatre, comedy, film , visual arts, intercultural programs, etc. Flushing City Hall continues to amplify its Asian programming in recognition of the upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“Our Flushing neighborhood is home to many rich cultures, including Chinese, Korean, South Asian and Southeast Asian communities. Flushing City Hall staff and the artists we feature year-round are from communities across the city we serve, celebrating the rich diversity of Queens and New York,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director. “Our audiences are blessed to see themselves represented on our stage and in our galleries, and can also come and discover cultural traditions different from their own.”

Asians and Asian Americans have increasingly been the target of hate crimes, especially since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The NYPD reports that the first few months of 2022 saw more than double the number of incidents than those committed in the same months last year. Cultural organizations can help promote understanding of different cultures through the arts.

“Given the rise in hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans, it is crucial to provide a platform for Asian voices and to celebrate New York’s diverse cultures, especially in Queens, L most diverse borough on the planet,” said Shawn Choi. , Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. “Asian and Asian-American artists in New York City have pain to express, stories to share, and jokes to tell, and we’re proud to showcase their incredible talent. We’re committed to bringing people together through to our programs.

Flushing Town’s April and May event lineup will include these Asian cultural presentations in addition to many other programs including jazz, cross-cultural music, exhibits, and family/school programs:

SAT 23 APRIL, 8:00 PM

” We are here. And you? will highlight Asian American experiences through sketches and stand-up comedy, hosted by Otter Lee and featuring eight emerging talents, alongside band Overstep Comedy and special guest Teresa Ting of Main Street Patrol, who will address the recent increase in hate crimes.

SUN 24 APRIL, 2:00 PM

New Music Horizons returns to Flushing Town Hall to present two dynamic composers: classical composer Alicia Lieu and jazz composer Mark Wade. Alicia Lieu presents new material from her ongoing opera, UNWRAPPING FORTUNE which follows the adventures of protagonists Ivy and Kwan Fai through the themes of love and Chinese cuisine.

SAT 30 APRIL, 5:00 PM

A live concert of soul, folk, jazz and hip hop performed from a distinct and progressive Asian perspective. The event aspires to be a safe gathering for community healing. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities.

FRI MAY 6, 6:00 p.m. opening reception, 7:30 p.m. artist talk, until SUN, MAY 15

Presented in partnership with KoreanAmericanStory.org, HAN IN TOWN (KoreaTown) is a photo series by Janice Chung, a Korean American artist born and raised in New York. The series focuses on both first- and second-generation Korean American business owners from Flushing, Queens, and seeks to encapsulate a nostalgic era of Flushing, once an epicenter for Korean Americans. , cut my hair and sacrifice everything for the next generation of Korean Americans,” says photographer Janice Chung.

SUN 8 MAY 2022, 2:30 PM

New York Classical Players return to Flushing City Hall with a free in-person performance to bring the audience together. Let yourself be tempted by two of Bach’s most extraordinary works alongside 2 premieres inspired by his musical innovations, with conductor Dongmin Kim.

FRI, MAY 13, 6:00 PM

This 90-minute program will feature animated shorts selected from several hundred submissions and showcasing a wide range of life experiences through masterful art direction, narration, animation and sound design. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the panel of featured hosts.

For the full Spring 2022 event schedule, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/events

Although as of March 7, 2022, New York City has relaxed its COVID policies for indoor arts and entertainment events, Flushing City Hall will maintain its previous policy for the safety of its audiences, artists and its staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing City Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination with corresponding ID. In addition, masks will be mandatory at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.

All gifts of $50 or more get you exclusive Flushing Town Hall Circle of Friends member benefits, including Smithsonian membership, ticket discounts and more! Donations of any amount are appreciated to support artists and the nonprofit cultural organization as they continue to provide programs and entertainment in New York City and around the world. https://www.flushingtownhall.org/circle-of-friends

To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donor-listings.

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