Annual Report 2021-2022

Previous year committee membership, including year when each member’s term ends

Nathaniel Sullivan, Art & Design (2022)

Bianca Sosnovski, Mathematics & Computer Sciences (2022)

Tanya Zhelezcheva, English (2022)

Hsiaofang Huang, Business (2023)

Madeline Ruggiero, Library (2023)

Huixin Wu, Engineering (2023)

Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Communication, Theater & Media Production (2024)

Aviva Geismar, Health, Physical Education & Dance (2024)

Jessica Prepetit, Nursing (2024)

Previous year liaisons, designees

Carlene Byfield, Nursing, Steering Committee Designee

Susan Agin, Executive and Artistic Director, President's Liaison

Upcoming year committee membership, including year when each member’s term ends

Hsiaofang Huang, Business (2023)

Madeline Ruggiero, Library (2023)

Huixin Wu, Engineering (2023)

Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Communication, Theater & Media Production (2024)

Aviva Geismar, Health, Physical Education & Dance (2024)

Jessica Prepetit, Nursing (2024)

David Phram, Mathematics & Computer Sciences (2025)

Julia Rothenberg, Social Sciences (2025)

Previous year committee officers

Nathaniel Sullivan, Art & Design (2022), Chair

Bianca Sosnovski, Mathematics & Computer Sciences (2022), Secretary

Upcoming year committee officers

Franca Ferrari-Bridgers, Communication, Theater & Media Production (2024), Chair

Madeline Ruggiero, Library (2023), Secretary

 

Committee Meeting Dates and times

  • September 28, 2021
  • December 7, 2021
  • March 11, 2022
  • May 16, 2022

List of Bylaws charges and notation of “completed” or “not completed” with reasoning for incomplete items

Serve as a liaison between the QCC Art Gallery, Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, and the campus community.
  • Complete: the committee meetings remain open to all; we posted our meeting times well in advance of the meetings and they were attended regularly by Stephen Di Dio, Vice President / Chief Marketing & Communication Officer for the college.
Report to Academic Senate concerning activities, acquisitions, and facility updates at the QCC Art Gallery, Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), and Kupferberg Holocaust Center.
  • Complete: the committee officers attended all meetings held by the steering committee and will file this report detailing the above.
Recommend involvement of the campus community in the QCC Art Gallery, Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), and Kupferberg Holocaust Center.
  • Complete: Faculty on the committee. Promoted events and colleague projects within their own departments and with their networks. Essential to this was hearing from our cultural center directors at each meeting about their upcoming events.
Advocate for pedagogy that utilizes the resources of the QCC Art Gallery, Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), and Kupferberg Holocaust Center.
  • Complete: The committee focused on organizing the committee website to promote faculty projects on the 'teaching resources' page.

List of Steering Committee charges and notation of “completed” or “not completed” with reasoning for incomplete items

Report to the Academic Senate on the donation of all art and design objects for the campus, as well as all grants and funding received by the QCC Art Gallery, the Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHC)
  • Complete: This report will detail all donations to the cultural centers.
Build the Institutional Repository at QCC-CUNY for the purpose of storing scholarship​ artifacts by faculty who have utilized the QPAC, the KHC, and the QCC Art Gallery. Ensure that works are saved in the Scholarly Works category, with tags and meta-tags for easy search on Google and other search engines.
  • Not Completed: faculty projects have already been highlighted and documented by the cultural centers, and we as a committee felt that linking to main pages on the cultural center websites where this is stored would be a more efficient use of our committee website.
Provide teaching resources for the campus community, advocate teaching pedagogy that utilizes the resources of Gallery, KHC, and QPAC through venues such as committee website
  • Completed: the committee website has been brought up to date. The committee focused additional attention to the committee website this year, keeping our meeting times and minutes up to date. All old pages or out of date information was removed. We began the work of converting the old format PDFs of minutes, agendas to the new webpage format. With input from the cultural center directors, the teaching resources section was reorganized and the cultural center's resources pages were linked to. KHC and QPAC have created easy to search sections of their own websites and YouTube accounts that document and archive performances, talks and gallery walkthroughs. Rather than create our own database of faculty projects, we focused on linking to the great work done by our cultural centers to archive and present these projects and activities during the pandemic.
Review and revise, as needed and in consultation with the Steering Committee,​ Committee Guidebook
  • The guidebook was updated in 2020, so there was no need to revisit the guidebook this year.
Assess committee by Bylaws charges and steering committee charges
  • Completed: This section of the report is our assessment.

Committee recommendations for upcoming year

The committee is encouraged to continue the work of updating the website and keeping all information current. There is still work to do in converting the PDFs of minutes, agendas and annual reports to the new webpage format. 

In our last meeting of the spring 2022 semester, the committee discussed the idea of holding an event where the cultural center directors could present collaborative projects with faculty. Ideally, these events could take place in November and May, to spur faculty imagination in how to integrate the work of our cultural centers in the syllabi for courses held in Spring and Fall.

 

Cultural Centers Year End Reports

QPAC

Received $312,000 in City Council discretionary funding

Provided cultural programming for 8 senior centers, serving a total of 10,000 seniors in the borough:

  • Allen Community Center
  • Forest Hills Community Center
  • Latimer Gardens Senior Center
  • Community House (Kew Gardens)
  • Young Israel Senior League
  • Bayside Senior Center
  • Clearview Self-Help
  • Allen Rockaway Blvd. Senior Center

Provided cultural programming to following senior center through access to links for streaming virtual entertainment produced by QPAC: 

  • Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center

Provided cultural programming through a CASA grant (Cultural After School Adventure) for the following schools serving 500 students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades:

  • PS 280Q
  • PS 139Q
  • PS 193Q  

Provided in-school dance workshop to 100 students at:

  •  PS 45Q  

Provided virtual dance/exercise workshop to invited district school children and adults:

  • Gotta Dance (For Kids) – P.S. 64
  • St. Rose of Lima
  • PS/MS 200
  • PS/IS4 499
  • JH216
  • JH217
  • Q896
  • PS203
  • IS109
  • MS74
  • MS172 Gotta Dance (For Adults)

Provided cultural programming with 10 In-District Concerts:

  • Verdi’s of Whitestone (for HANAC Angelo Petromelis Senior Center)
  • Juniper Park (4 concerts sponsored by Council member Robert Holden)
  • Bell Boulevard Family Festival (Disney concert sponsored by Council member Paul Vallone)
  • QPAC Drive-In Concerts (3 concerts)

Provided virtual streaming program on QPAC’s YouTube, Facebook channels and on its website which included the following and served more than 20,000 individual through repeated airings on Queens Public Television:

  • What The World Needs Now
  • Natalie Carter
  • Richie Santa as Elvis
  • CeeCee Teneal: Portrait of a Queen
  • Brian Brigham
  • Terron Brooks
  • Robert Klein

Collaborated with the English Dept. on 3 live virtual presentations of the following, serving 250 QCC Students:

  • Dracula (celebrating 125th Anniversary of novel publication)
  • A Doll’s House
  • The Red Masque

QCC Art Gallery

Installations

September 10 – November 10, 2022

Tribute – 2001-2021

 Virtual 3d Walkthrough: https://app.cloudpano.com/tours/KvC4S-g57

A curated selection of photography from the Gallery’s collection paid tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the World Trade Center. The depth of work, taken by former QCC student and firefighter, Chris Landano at Ground Zero depicting the pain, sorrow and sacrifice experienced across the nation during aftermath of the attack. The powerful images overview the rescue and recovery efforts after the events.

September 10 – November 10, 2022

September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World

In collaboration with Student Activities, the educational exhibition recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition included archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection.

April 27 – June 6, 2022

Juried Student Exhibition: Department of Art & Design

Virtual 3d Walkthrough: https://app.cloudpano.com/tours/Pi14rFq7r

The Juried Student Exhibition displays a broad range of talent from the students currently pursuing their artistic aspirations here at Queensborough Community College. This is the fourteenth annual student exhibition held in the QCC Art Gallery. This exhibition was on display through June 6, 2022.

April 27 – June 6, 2022

Architectural Designs - The Engineering Technology Department

Exhibition Details: https://artgallery.qcc.cuny.edu/exhibits/architecture-student-exhibition/

Virtual 3d Walkthrough: https://app.cloudpano.com/tours/ZStEOQZL2

A collection of architectural models embracing the talent and creativity of the students enrolled in Engineering Design courses here at QCC. The exhibition explores the techniques used to develop these models and architectural construction under the guidance of Professor Craig Weber.

Internship Program

The Gallery continued its internship program with in-person as well as virtual opportunities. The internship program demonstrates undergraduate research by providing unique opportunities for the individual to develop practical experience in the art administration field. The participating individuals continue to assist with the documentation of the permanent collection and incoming donations.

  • The Gallery hosted two interns from the Gallery and Museum Studies program through the Department of Art & Design. Interns assisted with documentation of the collection and incoming donations while inputting the objects into the permanent collection database (Re: Proficio)
  • The Gallery’s internship with Flushing International High School resumed this spring semester and hosted two student interns.
  • The Gallery continues the virtual internship with Bayside High School, and hosted two student interns the past year.

Publications

Spirits of the Red Savanna: Art and Culture of the Bamana People of Mali     

Spirits of the Red Savanna comprehensively discusses the art and culture of the Bamana people of Mali. They are known for their remarkable masks, statues, textiles, and other art forms which are used in ritual and ceremonies. These are described in detail in the text of this volume. The book contains numerous field photographs and a catalogue illustrating many of the art objects.  Spirits of the Red Savana was reviewed in Mansa Kibaru, issue 73 published by the Mande Studies Association. This publication can be purchased on amazon or in the Art Gallery.

Fundraising

The Gallery raised $27,430 towards the endowment this year.

Recent Acquisitions

The Gallery has obtained the African art collection, archives and research library of African art expert Arthur P. Bourgeois, Ph.D. (1940-2021).

The African art pieces received feature pieces from the Yaka/Suku region of Democratic Republic of Congo where Dr. Bourgeois focused his dissertation. The archives are composed of his field research in that same region. Dr. Bourgeois’ comprehensive collection consists of over 500 research publications spanning Africa. The Gallery plans to hold an exhibition of this recent acquisition in 2023.

Dr. Bourgeois held B.A. and M.A. degrees in humanities from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in African/Pre-Columbian/Oceanic art with a minor in medieval art from Indiana University.  Dr. Bourgeois was University Professor of Art History at Governors State University, University Park, IL from 1977 to 2012.  Upon his retirement he was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus.  He taught courses in non-western art, namely African, Native American, Pre-Columbian, Oceanic and Asian contexts where art is viewed in a cultural matrix of ceremony, religion and mythic narrative.  

KHC

KHC Original Exhibition

 The Concentration Camps: Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide

 On View and Online: https://khc.qcc.cuny.edu/blog/exhibit/concentration-camps/

This original exhibition at the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center surveys the scope and brutality of the Nazi system of incarceration and genocide, underscoring the horrific consequences of intolerance, racism, and authoritarianism. In addition to the exhibit’s text, images, and artifacts, personal testimonies from local Holocaust survivors offer painful insights into these excruciating landscapes of degradation and dehumanization. This exhibit is curated by Dr. Cary Lane, KHC 2020-21 Curator-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at QCC.

Education Offerings Summary

QCC Classes:

The KHC welcomed its first QCC classes for in-person tours of the new Camps exhibit during the Spring 2022 semester. These tours were for 10 classes, in 4 academic departments, impacting 140 students.

Faculty Resources:

In partnership with CETL, the KHC hosted a Professional Development series for faculty members during the academic year. The Fall 2021 semester had a theme of “Cultivating Compassion and Empathy.” There were 13 faculty members who participated in the 4 sessions. The Spring 2022 semester had the theme “Cultivating Compassion in Practice.” This small cohort of 4 faculty members worked to refined the curriculum they brainstormed during the Fall.

Public Programs Summary

There were 29 public programs, including 12 QCC partnerships with departments, committees, and clubs, and 21 partnerships with outside institutions who focus on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights issues. There were 2,545+ attendees who participated in KHC virtual programming during the 2021-2022 academic year from around the world.

For each program that was recorded and posted to the KHC’s YouTube Playlist on the Queensborough Channel we had a total of 5,365 views (as of 5/26/22).

Fall 2021 Programming Summary

During the Fall 2021 academic semester, the KHC presented 14 public programs including lectures, panel discussions, performances, and special commemorative events.

There were 3 thematic program initiatives this semester, the Scholars in Conversation series, the Human Rights and the Museum series, and the KHC/NEH 2021-22 Colloquium - Incarceration, Transformation & Paths to Liberation during the Holocaust and Beyond.

The Center was honored to have partnerships with 12 outside institutions who focus on the Holocaust and other human rights issues, including: Harriman Institute at Columbia University; the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the Center for the Study of Genocide & Human Rights at Rutgers University; the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center.

There were 5 QCC partnerships including the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Welcome Read Committee, and the departments of English, Art and Design, and Music.

Public programs ranged from our Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration with keynote speaker Dr. Peter Fritzsche, whose presentation was entitled - “BOYKOTT April 1, 1933: Spectatorship and the Exclusion of Jews from the German Community” (168 registrants), to a discussion about work in the field in “Museums as Places of Trauma and Healing: Processing Visitor Experiences” with Dr. Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, to scholars and survivors in conversation for “Narrating Srebrenica: Conducting Oral Histories with Genocide Survivors” that featured Hasan Hasanović, Genocide survivor and Head of the Oral History Project at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial (144 registrants).

The KHC had 1,000+ attendees participate in our virtual programs during the Fall semester.

Spring 2022 Programming Summary

During the Spring 2022 academic semester, the KHC presented 15 public programs including lectures, panel discussions, performances, and special commemorative events.

There were 2 thematic program initiatives this semester, the Human Rights and the Museum series and the KHC/NEH 2021-22 Colloquium - Incarceration, Transformation & Paths to Liberation during the Holocaust and Beyond.

The Center was honored to have partnerships with 15 outside institutions who focus on the Holocaust and other human rights issues, including: Harriman Institute at Columbia University; the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the Center for the Study of Genocide & Human Rights at Rutgers University; the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center.

There were 8 QCC partnerships which were with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Common Read Committee, the Creative Writing Club, QPAC, the LGBTQI Consortium at QCC, and the departments of English, Art & Design, and Music. As well as 3 CUNY partnerships including the Museum MA Program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, The Department of Jewish Studies at Queens College, and the LGBTQI Consortium at the College of Staten Island.

Public programs ranged from our International Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Commemoration with keynote speaker Dr. Robert Williams, Deputy Director for International Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum whose presentation was entitled: “From Awareness to Action: Confronting Antisemitism at Home and Abroad.”  The event had 661 registrants was co-sponsored by 9 Holocaust Institutions in the greater NYC area, to a new partnership with the Common Read Committee to bring author Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric to be in conversation with QCC faculty and students for an event that had 200 registrants.

The KHC had 1,545+ attendees participate in our virtual programs during the Spring semester

To view all KHC public programs that took place during the 2021- 2022 academic year, please visit: https://khc.qcc.cuny.edu/recordings/

Respectfully Submitted,

Nathaniel Sullivan, Art & Design, Chair 2022

Campus Cultural Centers

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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.

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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.

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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.