LIC Arts Open Set for 5/14-18
The LIC Arts Open is gearing up for its fourth consecutive season, expected to be its biggest yet. Running five days, from May 14 through May 18 in over 40 prominent locations across LIC, this year's festival offers at least five new venues, including the Falchi Building and 46-10 Center Blvd, a glass tower on LIC's developing waterfront, which will host four apartments transformed into pop-up galleries.
For this year's main event, Open Studios (May 17 and 18), over 160 artists will open their studio doors to offer visitors a glimpse into the seldom seen world of the artist at work. Festival goers can also expect 24 art exhibitions, some extending past May 18, a roster of innovative dance, theater and music performances, and a host of children's activities.
"We were a hidden gem for years, but that's quickly changing. Word is getting out that LIC is home to a community of tremendously talented artists, from the emerging, like Stef Duffy to the established, like Luba Lukova to the celebrated, like Matthew Barney, Murakami and Joel Shapiro," said Richard Mazda, the festival's executive director. "LIC Arts Open continues to be a fantastic way for us to showcase the thriving arts community in Western Queens."
This year LIC Arts Open is also teaming with the LIC Partnership to shut down six blocks along the city's vibrant Vernon Boulevard, transforming it into a street fair, which they've dubbed Springs, with the goal of involving local businesses in LIC's arts community.