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New Art in Queensbridge Houses Baby Park and Astoria Heights Park This Fall

Community members painting at Queensbridge Baby Park (Photo: Riis Settlement/Twitter)

Sept. 21, 2018 By Tara Law

New art created by Astoria and Long Island City teens and children will be on display at Queensbridge Houses Baby Park and Astoria Heights Park this fall.

Kids and teens who live in Queensbridge Houses painted a new mural in the Baby Park last weekend. Then on Oct. 1, an art installation created by neighborhood children is set to be installed on the fence of the playground in Astoria Heights Park.

The Baby Park mural, which depicts members of the community enjoying outdoor activities such as sports, grilling and biking, was painted last weekend on the wall of one of the park’s six handball courts. 

The image was designed by teaching artist Michael Mitchell of community arts nonprofit Creative Art Works, who guided the youth as they painted the mural.

Ceramic masks (Images courtesy of Community Board 1)

The project was spearheaded by three local groups: Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, a community-based social services organization; neighborhood development organization the Long Island City Partnership; and Creative Art Works.

Astoria Heights Park will soon get its own art installation— a display, dubbed “Masquerade,” of ceramic masks created by local children.

Each of the masks will be tied onto plywood boards with wire and hung onto a fence at the playground.

The project is being led by the nonprofit Friends of Astoria Heights Park and artist Penelope Eleni Katsaras. 

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I’d like a mural depicting a selfie-taking mannequin made out of student debt bank statements wielding a legally-purchased Tec-9 as a foot soldier of American exceptionalism.


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