As arts presenters citywide have temporarily closed their doors due to COVID-19, Flushing Town Hall has gone virtual, engaging audiences online through its free series, FTH at Home!, which successfully launched in April and continues with an all-new lineup in May. The series presents streamed concerts on Friday nights, arts education activities for children, and live gatherings for public participation — including a jazz jam and Zoom community hangs.
As May marks Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Flushing Town Hall is especially excited to present Crazy Talented Asians & Friends on May 30, which will feature an hour of animated shorts at 6:00 PM, followed by an hour of live comedy at 8:30 PM — including comedians Michael Kayne, Dylan Adler, Otter Lee and Overstep Comedy, and their friends.
While all FTH at Home! programming is presented free of charge, those who are able and moved to do so are encouraged to donate to the Step Up for Flushing Town Hall campaign, which will provide vital funding to supplant the staggering loss of earned revenue.
“If you have ever enjoyed a program at Flushing Town Hall or turned to the arts in times of joy or sadness, we ask you to please consider a tax-deductible gift today,” said Executive & Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek.
“We are committed to maintaining our beautiful and historic hall and to retaining our staff. We are acquiring new technology to facilitate remote work. We are paying our teaching artists to generate new content. But of course, these commitments all come at a cost, and we can no longer count on ticket sales during this pandemic. We must rely on the generous support of those who value our work.”
Flushing Town Hall’s Education team continues to provide support for schools and families by sharing arts content online through FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids. Students from 14 NYC schools have enjoyed educational videos since March, with accompanying study guides on topics as diverse as the Queens community. Students can explore Colombian music with teaching artist Martin Vejarano, Chinese dance with teaching artist Ling Tang, Indian dance with teaching artist Abha Roy, and pop-up artwork with teaching artists Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughtred. In May, students can learn Mexican dance with teaching artist Alberto Lopez and African drumming with teaching artist Vado Diomande.
The popular video series has been warmly received in virtual school classrooms, as well as senior centers, and received over 2,500 YouTube views in April.
Each Friday at 7:00 PM, viewers can look forward to a live, FTH at Home: Facebook Watch Party!, which will stream prior shows at the venue. May will feature performances from: Korean drumming group Light & Beat; Latin Grammy-winner Gustavo Casenave and his quartet; Joe Kye and Jason Chu, whose show Migrants presents a hip hop story set to looping violins and percussive beats; Karrin Allyson and the Roberta Piket Sextet, who pay tribute to the jazz compositions of Marian McPartland; and a Korean, chamber music ensemble taking listeners on a journey from Bach to Piazzolla.
Finally, Flushing Town Hall will continue to host live, online gatherings for public participation:
The next Virtual Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong will take place on May 13 after its first-ever session online in April. Led by Carol Sudhalter, the traditionally in-person Jazz Jam is one of the organization’s most beloved, monthly gatherings. Flushing Town Hall is now inviting 20 jammers from anywhere in the world to register for participation, and audiences will be able to tune in and watch live from either Zoom or Facebook.
For friends of the organization and community members looking to connect, Flushing Town Hall will continue hosting a weekly Zoom Community Hang every Thursday at 1:00 PM that is open to all, as well as a dedicated hang on Fridays at 5:00 PM exclusively for artists in Queens.
May 2020 Schedule:
ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
Global Arts for Global Kids
Teachers and families can access Flushing Town Hall’s growing archive of instructional arts videos with at-home activities for children here: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home-gagk
THURSDAYS @ 1:00 PM
Zoom Community Hang
URL: https://zoom.us/j/444441183 or join by phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 444 441 183
FRIDAYS @ 5:00 PM
Zoom Hang for Queens artists
URL: https://zoom.us/j/283009195 or join by phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 283 009 195
FRIDAYS @ 7:00 PM
Live, Facebook Watch Parties
May 1: Light & Beat from Korea
May 8: Gustavo Casenave Quartet – A South American Jazz Tale
May 15: Joe Kye, Migrants
May 22: Roberta Piket Sextet featuring Karrin Allyson – Celebrating Marian McPartland
May 29: A Journey – Bach to Piazzolla
WEDNESDAY MAY 13 @ 7:00 PM
Virtual Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
To watch live, tune in to Facebook or Zoom.
To participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org and identify the 3- to 4-minute tune you intend to play.
THURSDAY MAY 30
Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: an evening of live comedy & animated shorts
@ 6:00 PM ANIMATION SHORTS @ 8:30 PM LIVE COMEDY
Stay tuned to the organization’s website for more details, coming soon.
Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.
Flushing Town Hall greatly appreciates the supporters of our current campaign, Step Up for Flushing Town Hall, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we cannot list every donor, Flushing Town Hall is grateful for all gifts received and wishes to thank everyone for their ongoing generosity.
Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: An Evening of Live Comedy and Animation Shorts is sponsored by a generous anonymous donor. Flushing Town Hall thanks Charles B. Wang Community Health Center at Flushing New York for their support.
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Viviana M. Benitez, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Calvin W. Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou/New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong/Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Guru Krupa Foundation, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Investors Foundation, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee/Flushing Bank, Janet T. Leow, Anne Lewent, James S. Liao, Emily Lin Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure/Queens College, Mets Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Northwell Health, TeHsing Liu, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center/Arthur Liu, Richard Quantaro, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance/Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Dominique Sellers, Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang/Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Lucy Wong, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang.
We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed a $40,000 challenge gift in honor of our 40th anniversary and inspired so much generosity in others.
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.
For more information:
(718) 463-7700 x222
137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354