September 22, 2021
Expansion includes construction of new space for children’s museum, space for collections and staff, and energy efficiency upgrades
NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, city council and the office of the president of the borough of Queens announced that New York City has allocated $ 26.4 million to complete the project. expansion of the Queens Museum. The expansion will create an art and culture-focused children’s museum space in Queens, expand the museum’s classrooms, provide secure storage of artwork and improve the energy efficiency of the facility . Together, the improvements will solidify the Queens Museum’s role as a world-class museum and community anchor in the heart of New York’s most diverse borough.
“The Queens Museum is a world class institution, and this funding will help them grow and develop their footprint in Queens and across the city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Arts and culture are not only the key to our recovery from COVID-19 – they are the key to nurturing the talent, curiosity and creativity that will make New York City the most vibrant city in the world. “
“The Queens Museum is one of New York’s crown jewels of arts and culture. Now it will be more accessible to everyone, including the next generation of artists and designers across the city, ”said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “New York City is proud to invest in the arts of Queens and we look forward to enjoying the completed installation for years to come. ”
“The Queens Museum is an integral part of the communities it serves, a home for incredible artistic programming, education and important civic services – relationships they have used to support their neighbors throughout the pandemic,” said Gonzalo Casals, commissioner of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs. “We are excited to make a major investment in this exciting project, which will expand the Queens Museum’s ability to connect and serve the public, with new space for children’s programming, storage and sustainability upgrades. energy. “
In November 2013, the Queens Museum completed the first phase of its expansion project, bringing in an additional 50,000 square feet of galleries, event spaces, educational spaces and visitor amenities, as well as site work. and facility system upgrades. The second and final phase consists of five distinct elements:
- The creation of classrooms / educational workshops on the first and second floors;
- A 5,500 square foot intergenerational and multilingual family art laboratory;
- A 2,600 square foot art storage vault;
- A reconstruction of the south wall and the window system; and
- Construction of spaces at the rear of the house, including offices, exhibition preparation spaces, an area for the conservation / study of works of art.
Additionally, the project includes installing a full height glass wall system at the mezzanine level and upgrading the HVAC system.
New York City’s most diverse borough deserves a world-class museum, and New York City Council is proud to support this expansion with $ 3 million in fiscal year 2022 to make it a reality . This expansion will allow The Queens Museum to make wise investments so that it can better serve the community for decades to come: increasing its ability to engage children and students, enabling it to secure and safely store its growing collections. and improve the energy efficiency of its facilities ”, declared City Council Chairman Corey Johnson.
“As President of the Borough of Queens and the father of a young child, I could not be happier to have worked with our partners to transform the Queens Museum’s long-held dream of a dedicated space for children. of our borough in reality ”, declared Borough of Queens President Donovan Richards, Jr. “From this Queens Museum for Children, the first of its kind, to the many other enhancements that this vital funding will support, the Queens Museum will see its already enormous legacy continue to grow in the years to come. ”
“For nearly 50 years, the Queens Museum has been an instrumental cultural institution in our borough, and with recent local initiatives like the Cultural Food Pantry and the ‘Hecho local’ product development workshop, perhaps even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why I am delighted to announce that the City has allocated $ 26.4 million to complete the second phase of the museum expansion which began eight years ago. With the addition of new classrooms and a multilingual family art lab – among other improvements – this funding will ensure that the Queens Museum remains an essential part of serving our diverse communities for generations to come, ”said Member of the municipal council Jimmy Van Bramer.
“As we begin to look beyond the economic, social and health crisis of COVID, perhaps there is no better investment than investing in our local cultural infrastructure – to raise morale, supporting families, revitalizing our economy and showing our faith in the future of New York City and New Yorkers, ”said Exit Talant, President and CEO of the Queens Museum. “We could not be more grateful to the Blasio administration for sharing this vision with us; together we will create a multilingual and intergenerational arts and culture learning center – a Queens Children’s Museum – as part of the completion of the Queens Museum. ”
The classrooms will allow the museum to host school trips and additional educational programs. An air-conditioned and secure storage space will protect the 15,000 objects in the museum and accommodate future gifts. The addition of full height glass will allow acoustic separation between the porch areas at the front of the house and the office and installation spaces at the rear of the house while contributing to a more energy efficient use of the house. air conditioning system. Upgrading the HVAC system will allow a fully functional air-conditioned environment while providing energy savings and cost savings.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queens Museum has remained connected and engaged with its communities through a variety of local and hyperlocal initiatives. Since June 2020, the museum has managed a cultural pantry in partnership with La Jornada to fight food insecurity. With the support of over 70 volunteers, he has distributed fresh, non-perishable food items to over 30,000 families living in Corona, Queens.
The museum has also helped Queens manufacturers stay resilient by launching “Hecho Local,” a series of free product development workshops for Spanish-speaking artisans looking to transform their craft into a sustainable business model.