The Queens Museum is located next to one of the most diverse and fast growing neighborhoods in New York City: Corona. To talk about the work the museum does “inside” as well as its impact outside of the boundaries of the physical building we met with Community organizer Monica Carrillo and Public Programs Coordinator Catherine Grau.
We learnt that the museum actively leverages their resources to help build the leadership capacity of Corona residents to participate actively in civic institutions, through the support of the Community organizers, and really engages in the issues of neighborhood development. One project is the Immigrant Movement International Corona (IMI Corona), an immigrant education, arts, and activism center, that is now growing into its own independence from the museum. Another fascinating project in partner with Queens College’s Art Department is Social Practice Queens, a graduate program in socially engaged art.
Monica Carrillo is also the founder of LUNDU, a peruvian human-rights organization that works to improve conditions for Afro-Peruvians, as well as a poet and an artist. Catherine Grau is, besides her work at the museum, also an artist, facilitator and curator, see her fascinating work here.
Corona Plaza Es Para Todos: Making a Dignified Public Space for Immigrants is a publication on the programming and re-design of Corona Plaza, a public plaza in Corona, Queens that can be downloaded here. The project was made in collaboration with Cuban artist Tania Bruguera.
Movimiento Inmigrante Internacional (Immigrant Movement International Corona):
The Queens Museum is placed at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park where The New York World´s Fair took place in 1939 and 1964. In the museum’s shop you can find merchandise connected to the World Fair. We found several postcards that reveals the matter of whiteness and nationality construction at the World Fair.