Outdoor, socially distant events to be held in each borough on the anniversary of the Covid-19 shutdown—organized by NYC’s Arts & Cultural Leaders  

WHEN:  Friday, March 19 at 9 a.m. 

WHERE: In front of LaGuardia Community College 

31-10 Thomson Ave. (Shenker Hall), Long Island City, NY 11101 (directions here 

*parking is available – send note to estreich@lagcc.cuny.edu

WHO:   

  • Local elected officials  
  • Kenneth Adams, President of LaGuardia Community College 
  • Steven Hitt, Artistic Producing Director of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College 
  • Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director at Queens Theatre and Co-Leader (with Lucy Sexton) of Culture@3pm (see below) 
  • Regina Bain, Executive Director of the Louie Armstrong Museum 

Featuring performances by Joan Ashley and Caren Calder from the all-women percussion and vocal ensemble “Alekande,” with guest dancer Dionne Monsanto. 

WHAT:  One year after New York City’s arts and cultural sector suddenly shut down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, an event in each borough on March 18 & 19 will mark this somber anniversary and highlight the gradual reopening of arts and cultural events. Venues are beginning to reopen and outdoor street performances are starting, through NYC’s Open Culture [nyc.gov]. 

The LaGuardia Performing Art Center  [lpac.nyc]at LaGuardia Community College was selected as the site for the Queens press conference/performance.   

The citywide events are being coordinated by Culture@3pm, a group of 700 arts leaders from NYC’s arts and cultural institutions (recently covered in The New York Times [nytimes.com]), and are united by the dual themes of #CultureRemembers and #CultureForward. Media liaison for Culture@3pm is Lucy Sexton, executive director of New Yorkers for Culture and Arts. 

WHY:  The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging artists across the City of New York with a focus on social justice. 

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LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, educates thousands of New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. Our guiding principle Dare To Do More reflects our belief in the transformative power of education—not just for individuals, but for our community and our country—creating pathways for achievement and safeguarding the middle class. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all U.S. college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education. We invite you to join us in imagining what our students, our community, and our country can become.