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Outdoor Art Festival To Take Over Queens Streets This Weekend

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 18, 2015 8:16am
 'Wear Is Love' installation will be located in Elmhurst.
'Wear Is Love' installation will be located in Elmhurst.
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Rego Park Green Alliance Studio

QUEENS — More than two dozens artists will hit Queens streets this weekend, hoping to reach and engage 10,000 residents during the second annual Queens Art Intervention.

During the two-day event, organized by Rego Park Green Alliance Studio, a nonprofit promoting community-oriented initiatives, about 25 artists will present their pieces in 13 spots throughout the borough. The project will seek to “inspire, educate, and empower residents of all ages,” organizers said. 

"It's about people in our community and artists in our community doing things in a public way in those communities," said Yvonne Shortt, the founder of RPGA Studio, adding that the projects have been selected from about 200 submissions.

In Jamaica, Rejin Leys, a Haitian-American artist specializing in works on paper, will bring her PulpMobile, a papermaking studio on a cart, to King Manor Museum. Participants will get to create handmade paper using a variety of recycled materials, including office paper, junk mail and fliers.

Those who love to dance can participate in flash mob performances in Long Island City, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.

In Bayside, Barbara Arnstein will draw a portrait for every person who requests one. In Long Island City, residents will be invited to relax using pillows that have been filled will pulped, discarded paper from artist Niizeki Hiromi’s everyday life.

Queens residents will also get to climb into a "Mobile Meditation Truck" in Rego Park to listen to jazz and watch video mandalas.

And if there are some parts of your body that you don't like, artist Priscilla Stadler, whose project 'Wear Is Love' will be located in Elmhurst, will encourage you to place a cloth over them while she will send positive messages towards you. 

There will also be a community card game event where kids and adults alike can play "Pedestrian Penguin," which aims to change the behaviors of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

For more information about the festival, which takes place on Sept. 19 and 20, and to see the full list of the projects and locations go here.