Queens HeART Beat 2019
Video produced by Tony Horn / BRIC Arts Media for NYC Council
The 2nd Annual HeART Beat Festival returned to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on May 29, 2019. Middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at drama games and so much more. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre, and Everybody Dance Now to produce the festival as the Queens culminating event for six middle schools participating in the NYC Council’s “Art A Catalyst for Change” anti-gun violence initiative. The art festival / field day offered fourteen activity centers in different art zones named for community leaders impacted by gun violence.
Thank you Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, and Council Members Donovan Richards, Adrienne Adams, and Jimmy Van Bramer for trusting us to celebrate the initiative with the great students of IS 42Q, PS/MS183Q, IS 8Q, IS 72Q, IS 111, and IS 204. Special thanks to our collaborating arts education partners and staff from Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre, and Everybody Dance Now, teaching artists, local congregations that recruited such amazing volunteers, teachers and chaperones, DJ Tony Tone, SpeekLyfe, graphic designer @emjsquared, and producer extraordinaire Randy Mason.