The Queens Council on the Arts teamed up with the Knockdown Center, the event venue in Maspeth, to offer a new short term residency program that would offer free studio space to working artists. Queens Tribune writes that there is now a six-question survey/application available “to determine how the Center can accommodate local artists and give them space to work on their projects.” The Knockdown Center hopes to offer bigger studio space to artists who don’t have access to it. Once they’ve received enough applications, they’ll select artists they believe to be the best fit for the space. This is a new endeavor for the Knockdown Center, which has faced lots of trouble becoming a legitimate event and performance venue. The DOB denied its application for a permanent place of assembly and the Maspeth community strongly opposes the building receiving a liquor license.
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