April 4, 2022

Contact: Karin Venegas,, 347-361-7049

Flushing Town Hall Announces Over $100,000 in Awards to Queens-based Artists and Organizations


—The nonprofit’s Arts Grants for Queens is part of NYSCA’s Statewide Community Regrants program—


(Flushing, New York)— After being named a regranting partner for Queens County by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for its “Statewide Community Regrants” program, Flushing Town Hall announces it has awarded $91,032 in grant funding to be split across 33 organizations and 10 additional grants of $2,500 each to individual artists.


These Arts Grants for Queens administered by FTH will fund arts and culture projects created and presented in Queens, with the aim to enrich and enliven the community and provide support for artists and arts organizations based in the borough.


“We thank NYSCA for this opportunity and are overjoyed to be able to award our neighbors and peers in the borough with well-deserved funding,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive & Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall. “The pandemic took a painful toll on the arts sector, and on Queens, but together we are resilient. With these regrants, we proudly invest in the artists and organizations who will bring us catharsis, healing, and occasion to gather together again.”


“Flushing Town Hall may be best known as an arts presenter, and as an Arts Council, we also offer an array of services for aspiring and professional artists, as well,” says Dan Bamba, Director of Arts Services at Flushing Town Hall. “In addition to these NYSCA regrants, we also offer Space Grants for artists developing work in our space and we host Artist Professional Development Conversations, a series of workshops addressing the business needs of artists, with topics ranging from fundraising to marketing to bookings.”


With guidelines provided by NYSCA, this year’s Arts Grants for Queens recipients were chosen by a peer panel of artists, cultural workers, and Queens community stakeholders. The grantees consist of artists and organizations creating and presenting arts and culture projects that will enrich and enliven the cultural fabric of the Queens community.


Two of this year’s individual artist grant recipients include, among others:

  • Magaly Colimon-Christopher of Flushing, Queens for AFTERSHOCKS: A TETROLOGY OF OUR TIMES, a presentation of short plays about the effects of the pandemic on the Caribbean-American community.
  • Magdalena Kaczmarska of Rego Park for Stories in the Moment, which amplifies the creative voice of people living with dementia in Queens through dance, movement and storytelling.

Two of this year’s organizations to receive grants include, among others:

  • Astoria Film Festival, Inc. for its series of four Youth Film Workshops & Screenings with students in grades 3-12.
  • LaMicro Theater in Sunnyside for Escena Sur 2022, a series of virtual and in-person readings of short stories and plays by Latin American writers.

For the full list of this year’s recipients, visit: 


This program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.


Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization and receives major support in its 2021-2022 Fiscal Year from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio (2021) and Mayor Eric Adams (2022); New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Gonzalo Casals; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Corey Johnson; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Paul A. Vallone, Jimmy Van Bramer; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.


To view current donor lists, please visit


About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.


Flushing Town Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.


Land Acknowledgement:

Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and the first people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecock continue to live and work on this land to this day. Flushing Town Hall honors their elders who have stewarded this land throughout generations.


For more information:

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137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354