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Rachel T
46th Street and Queens Boulevard
Queens (Sunnyside, Queens)
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the project

"Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza" is a new monthly performance series scheduled from June - October in the new public space in the heart of Sunnyside: Bliss Plaza.  Located under the elevated 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street, Bliss Plaza features tables, chairs, and colorful planters. The Third Thursdays series will provide a public venue for professional musicians and performers in the neighborhood, delighting commuters with free concerts and inaugurating the plaza as a new venue for culture and performance, while also highlighting the vital role artists play in our community.

"Third Thursdays at Bliss Plaza" will consist of five performances from June to October, scheduled during the third Thursday of each month. By scheduling performances during evening rush hour, we hope to capture a diverse audience that includes working professionals commuting home to the neighborhood, seniors who take advantage of the sitting areas in the plaza, and families looking for activities before dinner.

Working closely with local arts coalition ReCreate Queens to curate the performance calendar and produce the series, with an emphasis on local performing companies, we will introduce residents to the impressive array of professional performing artists that work and live in Sunnyside, building new audiences for their companies and for the arts at large.

the steps

ReCreate Queens recently announced their call for performing artists and begin curating this new performance series.  The deadline for applications is March 27, 2015.  Each proposal will be reviewed by the ReCreate Queens Board of Directors and we expect to have the performances finalized by April.  In April, we will design marketing materials for distribution in May and June.  Our first performance will take place in June, and each month we will promote the upcoming performance through printed posters and flyers, social media and through the cooperation of other neighborhood groups.

why we're doing it

Bliss Plaza serves as a welcoming entrance to the neighborhood for the thousands of people who exit the train at 46th Street/Bliss Street station each day.  We are excited about the new plaza's potential, and want to maximize use of this space through interesting public programming.  Free outdoor performances on the plaza, with its theatrical acoustics, will create some of the few occasions for our neighborhood's diverse residents, visitors and local businesses to enjoy the the arts together. Creating dynamic public places in our neighborhood directly benefits local businesses by generating foot traffic and activity in the neighborhood, and makes the neighborhood a more exciting place to live, shop, and visit.


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 4/17/15):

RAISED = 2099.00
ioby Platform Fee  35.00
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) 60.12

Item Notes Original Amount Revised Amount Revised on 4/20/15
Artist Fees 5 artists at $500 each  $3,000.00 $2,500.00 $2,500.00
Curator Fee to ReCreate Queens  $500.00 $400.00 $100.00
Printing of Postcards, Posters One type of flyer  $450.00 $450.00 $300.00
Banner/on-site sign printing    $400.00 $400.00 $100.00
Graphic designer Anyone who can do this at this low rate?  $400.00 $400.00 $150.00
Event photographer Donated - Kamila Harris  $625.00 $625.00 $0.00
SAPO permit fees We can apply for all events at once for $25  $125.00 $125.00 $25.00
Maintenance crew On-site before/after performance  $250.00 $250.00 $180.00
Advertising    $500.00 $300.00 $0.00
  Direct Project Costs  $6,250.00 $5,450.00 $3,355.00
Administrative Costs To Sunnyside Shines - will add back if budget allows  $937.50  $545.00  $-  
  Total  $7,187.50  $5,995.00  $3,355.00
Source Notes Amount    
Queens Council on the Arts Grant    $1,000.00    
ioby campaign    $2,000.00    
Business sponsorships (projected)    $500.00    


REVISED BUDGET (as of 4/14/15):

ioby Platform Fee  35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) 60



Performer Fees $2,500.00
Printing of Posters and Flyers $450.00
Design of promotional materials $400.00
Banner/on-site signage printing $300.00
Maintenance crew $250.00
Event photographer $625.00
Advertising $500.00
Permit Fees $25.00
Curator & admin fees $950.00
SUBTOTAL: $6,000.00
Queens Council on the Arts grant -$1,000.00
TOTAL: $5,000.00


SUBTOTAL = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $150



Thank You!

Great progress so far + an NY1 piece!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far - as of now we have raised just over $1400 and are well on our way towards meeting our fundraising goal!

Along with our partners at ReCreate Queens, we filmed a short NY1 interview in Bliss Plaza this week - check it out here.  We're ready to put this neverending winter behind us and focus on bringing summer programming to the neighborhood.

Our partners at ReCreate Queens have started reviewing applications from 45 performing arts groups that would like to play in Bliss Plaza.  Both the financial support and interest from local performers has been very inspiring, and we thank the community for their strong support!

Here's an action shot of ReCreate Queens volunteers in action:


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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