The Academic Senate Committee on Senate Committee on Cultural and Archival Resources met on November 12, 2018,  12:15-1:45pm (A-508)

Committee Members in Attendance:

In Attendance: Faustino Quintanilla, Adam Luedtke, Wenli Guo, Kathleen Pecinka, Jose Osorio, Marisa Hollywood, Cary Lane, Chair, Susan Agin, Rosemary Zins, Heather Huggins, Mirna Lekic, Secretary

Absent: Sarbani Goshal



The meeting was called to order at 12:15pm

Meeting called to order, followed by the introduction of all committee members

Minutes from the previous meeting approved (with one correction).

Reports by the cultural center directors:

QCC Art Gallery

  • Current exhibitions: Taiwanese Art, From La Mancha to New York, Deformity Masks, Daqi lacquer painting
  • Upcoming exhibition: Goya exhibit focusing on the artist’s relationships with his professors; includes 7-10 paintings never been shown before
  • Screenings of a series of Spanish films (collaboration with Dr. Osorio), as a way to boost gallery attendance
  • Offerings in the art research library include 1000 books on African art, 200 on Latin American art, 200 on contemporary photography
  • Five high school and two college students helping with the exhibits


  • Major reconstruction of the QPAC theater is expected to begin in January 2019 in order to make the theater more ADA compliant
  • The cost of the reconstruction is funded by the capital funds of the NYC Council and the Borough President, which are matched by the New York State
  • The theater serves 164,000 people annually
  • During the reconstruction, QPAC will be presenting shows in various local venues
  • Director Agin is working on obtaining an insurance policy for the off-campus presentations
  • Upcoming programs for this semester include Mystic India (a history of Indian dance) and a Christmas Carol (a program frequently used to augment class lessons)


  • KHC has been without a director for 7 months and the search is currently open; a deadline extension has been requested due to the small number of applicants thus far
  • The center’s programming and fund raising goals have been on track
  • The exhibit “Conspiracy of Goodness” has been extended
  • The center has so far offered 8 programs this semester
  • Native American experience is the focus of this year’s colloquium
  • There are programs related to the 80th anniversary of Kindertransport and Kristallnacht
  • This semester a total of 51 QCC classes from 8 different departments and 11 outside groups (local high schools) participated in KHC’s programs
  • New publication: Humanistic Pedagogy Across Disciplines, ed. Leshem and Traver

 Updates from the committee chairperson:

  • Antonio Albert will be joining the committee next semester as the student representative
  • Academic Senate is working on a meeting minutes template to be used by all Academic Senate committees
  • CAR Committee page needs updating; Chairperson and Secretary will attend workshops in order to upload committee documents onto the website system
  • Review of committee charges
  • Distribution of tasks:
    • Maintain committee website, with special attention to ADA compliance; organize and hold committee meetings; attend committee chairs of the Academic Senate meetings; create annual reports, create and upload minutes to the Committee website with special attention to ADA compliance. (Cary Lane and Mirna Lekić)
    • Report to the Academic Senate on the purchase of all art and design objects for the campus, as well as all grants and funding received by the Art Gallery, QPAC, and KHC. (Adam Luedtke & Heather Higgins)
    • Continue to build the Institutional Repository at QCC-CUNY for the purpose of storing scholarship artifacts by faculty who have utilized the QCC Art Gallery, QPAC, and KHC. Ensure that works are saved in the Scholarly Works category, with tags and meta-tags for easy search on Google and other search engines. (José Osorio)
    • Monitor the impact of Queensborough website changes on the promotion of Art Gallery, QPAC, and KHC resources for students and faculty. (Sarbani Ghoshal)
    • Continue the Committee’s CAR brochure initiative.*Ensure Marketing gets event content from the 3 cultural center directors; ensure Marketing provides proofs of brochure drafts (for editing) to all 3 cultural center directors, VP Zins, and CAR Committee officers; ensure Marketing meets deadlines for publication and distribution of brochures to faculty mailboxes (January 20th for spring brochure, August 20th for fall brochure). (Kathleen Pecinka and Wenli Guo)

General Discussion

  • Topic: amending committee charges to include the promotion of and course/pedagogical projects with departmental cultural events.
  • Results: members agreed to postpone the discussion and any decisions until next meeting or for the following academic year.

Brochure project

  • The committee discussed possible inclusion of departmental cultural events. Members agreed to include only the centers’ programming for now.
  • CETL advertisement to be included in the brochure in order to help faculty who are working on course-program alignment
  • Representatives from the Marketing Department (Tony Gamino and James Geasor) joined the meeting at 1:15 and offered their perspectives on the brochure project.
  • Because of the lead time involved in printing the brochures, the committee members agreed to:
    • highlight several (rather than all) events offered by each cultural center
    • make pedagogy the primary focus of the brochure.

 The possibility of an online brochure was suggested by VP Zins. 

Topics for the next meeting:

  • Changes to the brochure (offering pedagogical examples)
  • Discussion of campus signage
  • Social Media marketing/teaching resources

Respectfully submitted,

Mirna Lekic
Committee on Senate Committee on Cultural and Archival Resources, Secretary

Minutes typed on November 12, 2018

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center exterior lit up at nightOpens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Russian Ballet performing at the Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art Gallery exterior in the afternoonOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.