Past Events

Saturday September 8, 12-5PM

The LIC Block Party


Check out details of the 2015 Block Party, taking place on August 22, here!

LIC Block Party is happening rain or shine! We have moved a good portion of the activities and vendors inside.

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce the first LIC Block Party, presented with the Purves Street Block Association, this unique event features art and entertainment for all ages. SculptureCenter welcomes all guests free of charge. For location details and directions by public transportation and car please visit our website.

The LIC Block Party features artist-led activity tents, a stage with live music and interactive performances, and a community-built, large-scale temporary sculpture. Within SculptureCenter's expansive galleries, guests will find the Artist Market with a selection of the best affordable and functional art and objects, and a family-friendly food court with food by local restaurants.

Activity tents include: Tarot readings with Jesse van Buren, pom-pom making with Abby Walton and Travis Boyer, Cubist face painting with Stephanie Dodes, carnival games with Lior Shvil, discover your inner child with Jacques Louis Vidal, balloon activities with Ross Moreno and Justin Cooper, ask a lawyer with The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), Elastic City neighborhood walks with Ben Weber, wondrous disguises and costumes with HiChristina! and clean your pennies with the Clean Penny Service. Kim Holleman will bring an oasis on wheels with Trailer Park, a mobile public park and Free Style Art will lead block party guests in building a large-scale temporary sculpture inspired by the changing architectural landscape of Long Island City.

Artist Jennifer Sullivan will emcee a music and performance program featuring the all female mariachi group Mariachi Flor de Toloache, The Kate Bush Dance Troupe, Queens Jazz Overground, and Neal Medlyn, as well as a Fitness Intermission presented by the Long Island City YMCA. Take a break from the block party and participate in a Masala Bhangra Workout® dance routine that modernizes the high-energy folk dance of Bhangra with the exhilaration of Bollywood movies. Wind down with special late afternoon DJ sets by DJ JAR JAR WATTVR aka Jory Rabinovitz and Jesse Hlebo.

SculptureCenter has invited a selection of artists to sell their art and objects to the public and providing the artists the opportunity to take one hundred percent of their proceeds. The Artist Market will feature sculpture, works on paper, clothing, artisanal soaps, books, zines, records, jewelry, tableware, and more by: Jessica Barensfeld, Ariel Dill, Gina Beavers, Guy Ben-Ari, Fredericks and Mae, Katy Krantz, Denise Kupferschmidt, Miniature Garden Publications, Caitlin Mociun, Paper Monument, Primary Information, Brie Ruais, Hanna Sandin, Shabd, Julia Sherman, Silva / Bradshaw, Kirk Stoller, Swill Children, Jeffrey Tranchell, Twig Terrariums, Leah Wolff, Gil Yefman and Rona Yefman.

Major support has been provided by
The New York Community Trust

Block Party Sponsors:
Modern Spaces

Nest Seekers
The Z Hotel
Fine Art Frame Works
Office of Cultural Affairs Consulate General of Israel in New York

In kind Sponsors:
Big City Graph-X & Printing
Sociéte Perrier

Media Partners:
The L Magazine
Boro Magazine
Gallerist NY
Woodside Herald

Event Partners:
Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA)
LIC Partnership
Queens Tourism Council
Long Island City YMCA
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)
Materials for the Arts
Elastic City
Wyndham Garden Hotel - Long Island City
Paris Images Screen Printing

Block Party Food Court with:
Manducatis Rustica
SculptureCenter is thrilled to launch the new SculptureCenter ice cream flavor courtesy of Malu.
The Burger Garage
Sage General Store
LIC Market

Purves Street Block Association Purves Street is one block long and is located at the top of 43rd Avenue at Jackson Avenue. Over 100 residents have joined with SculptureCenter and nearby businesses to focus on neighborhood improvement and quality of life in our corner of Long Island City.