To help kick off Queens Pride week, Flushing Town Hall presents a free outdoor program featuring established and up-and-coming performing artists who identify as LGBTQ. For the third year, the event is presented with partial support from New York City District 25 Council Member Daniel Dromm, who will provide opening remarks. This year, the event will take place at 78th Street Plaza, near Travers Park, between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue.
“We are grateful to Council Member Dromm for his support of this program,” said Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Flushing Town Hall celebrates diversity in the arts, and Council Member Dromm also recognizes and champions its importance.”
“By celebrating who we are through art and song, we resist those who seek to make us invisible,” said New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst). “I am proud to continue my support of LGBTQ Voices and look forward to the amazing array of participants who bring music, dance and poetry. I salute Flushing Town Hall for organizing this powerful event and thank the performers and directors who make this possible.”
Timothy Bellavia, artist, author, educator, and Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist, will emcee the event.
Artists were selected via an open call to performing artists of all disciplines, including music, dance, spoken word/poetry, theater, and performance art.
Keith Anthony Fluitt, a singer born and raised in New York City, has worked with many great artists of our time, including Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. He has performed locally and globally, singing in concerts, plays and Broadway shows.
Jessie Logan is an emerging dance styled singer- songwriter, who has made some noise overseas with his single “Fireflies”. Jessie plans to release his EP this upcoming fall domestically – his style has been compared to Little Jimmy Scott, among other versatile artists.
Ramona Montañez is a musician, songwriter, lyricist, and producer hailing from Queens. Her soulful and textured music speaks to all walks of life, as she considers herself “the voice of many unheard.”
Sidra Bell Dance New York is a boutique brand of prolific movement illustrators based in New York City that presents and fosters innovative and progressive dance theater in a world of ideas.
SALGA Dance Company and SALGA-NYC’s mission is to enable LGBTQ members of the South Asian community to establish cultural visibility and take a stand against oppression and discrimination in all its forms.
In addition to Council Member Dromm, the program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.