“In 2018, Flushing Town Hall will continue to travel the world without leaving Queens, giving audiences opportunities to discover, learn, and enjoy cultural offerings from near and far,” said Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Our new season illustrates our mission to bring people together, to embrace diversity, and to highlight the importance of culture in our lives,” she added.
In 2017, the cultural arts center served nearly 55,000 people through its programs and shows. Additionally, 615 artists participated in the array of programming, including 47 artists from overseas.
Council Member Peter Koo stated that Flushing Town Hall was the borough’s Lincoln Center, adding that, “even though we are in Flushing, you can experience shows from all around the world like China and Pakistan.”
“We have to do everything to make sure everyone knows about Flushing Town Hall and that they come here to see all of the shows,” Koo said. “When you see shows, you understand other cultures and that’s very important because without that, we are empty.”
The upcoming season will feature an increase of visual art programs such as the Live Drawings with Models Workshop. Held on the second Monday of every month, artists aged 20 and older will be able to practice drawing with long and short poses while listening to music in a relaxed, non-judgemental environment, Kodadek said.
In addition, there will be art meetup groups held every other Wednesday for all levels of experience. For more information on the meetups, you can visit FlushingTownHall.org.
Events highlights include the performance of Southern Italian folk music Newpoli on March 2, the Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera exhibition opening on February 17, the Queens Jazz OverGround Festival on April 14 and the Global Mashup series of Texas and Peru and June 15.
Monday’s event included a preview of “Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era,” which will occur on Sunday, January 14 at the venue starting at 2 p.m. The show will take you on a journey through the swing era following Lillian Carlyle, an inspiring dancer from Hollywood.
Flushing Town Hall also announced that during this season, they will continue their Teen Access Program, which grants free entry to performances for 13- to 19-year-olds whether or not they are members. This program encourages young people to engage with the arts opportunities in the community.
“We invite all New Yorkers, and those visiting New York, to join us for inspiring and dynamic performances, presentations, workshops, and much more,” Kodadek said.