We’re Inviting Artists, Students & Community Members to Participate in Our Red Envelope Show

Starting January 5, 2019, Flushing Town Hall will partner with curator Bert Chau of the Grumpy Bert gallery for the Red Envelope Show in honor of the 2019 Lunar New Year and Flushing Town Hall’s 40th anniversary. Bert has curated the inventive Red Envelope in the past in Brooklyn, and now the global arts institution is soliciting submissions from local artists, students, and community groups to participate in the exhibition. A Red Envelope Show workshop will also be held on January 13 by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Tina Seligman. All are welcome to join to create their own envelope.

Celebrate the Year of the Pig and share your creative work!

The Red Envelope Show is an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during the Lunar New Year. Traditionally, money is included in the envelopes, but many past artists have included a special “mystery” gift or prize. This is optional but an opportunity for participants to show their creativity.

Submissions by local visual artists will be displayed and for sale in Flushing Town Hall’s gallery. All visual artists work will be for sale – with 25% of the proceeds going towards Flushing Town Hall’s visual arts programming. Pieces by community and school groups will be displayed throughout the building for all visitors to enjoy.

Visual artists—to participate in the exhibit, please contact Bert at bert@grumpybert.com with the subject line “Red Envelope 2019” for details and to receive your blank red envelopes.  You may request more than one envelope. You can also pick up your red envelopes from Ellen Kodadek at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354. All submissions must be delivered by mail or in person to Flushing Town Hall by December 14, 2018.

Community groups and students—please contact Flushing Town Hall’s Education Department at ghamilton@flushingtownhall.org for details. All submissions must be delivered by mail or in person to Flushing Town Hall by December 21, 2018 at noon.

Instructions for all participants:

  • Please keep the envelope in VERTICAL format.
  • Please do NOT embellish the flap – that area will be used for hanging.
  • Please do NOT seal the envelope.
  • Please add a mystery gift, if so desired. It can fit into the envelope, or kept separate if larger/3-dimensional
  • You may focus on the Year of the Pig, but this is not mandatory.

 

You can access details by visiting http://www.flushingtownhall.org/ or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall’s 40th Anniversary Challenge 

Flushing Town Hall has been presented with a significant challenge on the 40th anniversary season of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts: if the venue can raise $40,000 in new or increased donations by February 2019, an anonymous donor will match that with another $40,000. The challenge applies to any new or increased contributions (and not to any pre-existing financial commitments) from individuals, foundations, and businesses. Visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org/donate to contribute.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Historic Flushing Town Hall (circa 1862) features year-round arts and cultural programming from all over the globe as a way to bring people together. Celebrating and educating the global communities of Queens and New York City, their tagline is: Global Arts for a Global Community. Flushing Town Hall is a member of New York City’s prestigious Cultural Institutions Group, and a Smithsonian Affiliate. They support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance their efforts.

Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

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