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#WeeklyColumn | Queens Agency Offers Community a Fence to Express Themselves
According to the world-recognized Kübler-Ross Model, there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, negotiation, depression, and acceptance.
Now there’s a sixth stage: artistic expression on Flushing Town Hall’s Garden Fence.
The cultural agency is currently hosting a community exhibition, “Call and Response: Grief, Resiliency and Hope Outside,” that offers the general public a place to express their thoughts and feelings through art. Everybody – from professionals to hobbyists to amateurs — is invited to create expressions of grief, resiliency and hope, and to share them on the fence, which stretches in front 137-35 Northern Blvd.
So far, contributions include a large peace symbol, a poem, a painting of three different-colored birds, and a depiction of a Chinese tea vendor in action. FTH is further showcasing the pieces via updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Cultural Crossroads blog.
It’s rather simple. FTH accepts artwork in all media and from all ages and abilities. Simply go to the fence and hang the piece directly. There are a few guidelines, though:
- The maximum size is 27-inches-by-39-inches on paper, fabric or ribbon.
- Signatures are optional, but each contributor must punch a hole at the top and tie a string through it.
- If the piece is very big, use masking tape to secure it to the fence.
- Protect the art from the weather.
- Understand that the piece will not be returned.
- If you don’t want photographs to be shared online, specifically note this desire on back of the piece.
- FTH reserves the right to remove products that use hate speech, profanity or obscenity and those that depict violence, sexual acts or unlawful/illegal behavior.
- FTH suggests that crafts honor COVID victims and/or healthcare providers or those who strive for a better world.
Those who cannot travel to the fence can photograph or scan their works and email the scans to email@example.com. A staffer will print a copy and hang it.
Images: Steve Palermo (top); Audrey Dove (bottom)