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LIC-A is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts advocacy organization. Help us keep our home in our 12,000 sq ft space donated by Plaxall, Inc.
LIC-A is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts advocacy organization. Help us keep our home in our 12,000 sq ft space donated by Plaxall, Inc.
178 backers pledged $17,289 to help bring this project to life.

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LIC Artists, Inc. (LIC-A) is a New York City arts advocacy organization based in Queens, NY that was founded by artists in 1986. For the past eleven months, LIC-A has found a home at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City. We were originally given the use of 6,000 square feet of warehouse space, and have since extended our art gallery to 12,000 square feet, including a waterfront view.  

Opening Event for Beach Elements IV, curated by Nancy Gesimondo
Opening Event for Beach Elements IV, curated by Nancy Gesimondo

LIC-A is dedicated to helping the arts prosper in Long Island City through sponsoring art exhibits, education, lectures, and special events that include music, dance, theater and poetry, and now we have the perfect venue in which to run our programming.

Life Drawing
Life Drawing

LIC-A is an organization made up of volunteers. During our time at The Plaxall Gallery, we have: 

  • Presented eight group exhibitions which supported from 25 to 74 artists per show
  • Held a Life Drawing Class on Thursday nights with a nude model and free drinks
  • Provided studio space for local artists who have lost their studios
  • Provided a venue for Stripped Scripts monthly play readings and rehearsals for upcoming production "Tomorrow In The Battle". 
  • Collaborated with the LIC Flea by providing local artists to exhibit each weekend
  • Provided rehearsal space and associate Produced Dirt [contained] Theatre Company's production of Fernando Arrabal's "Garden Of Delights", which performed at The Plaxall Gallery. 
  • Provided rehearsal space and associate Produced Theatre C's production of "Cotton Candy & Cocaine". 
  • Provided space for "Blue", performed at The Living Gallery
  • Provided rehearsal space for Poet Audrey Wildfire Dimola rehearsal space and original performance of 'Reliquary: The Body'.
  • Hosted performances by Pat Irwin of the B-52s, BECCS, Juliana Carr, The Gimagua Brothers, Amanda Monico, Valiriane Louisy of The Alvin Ailey School of Dance, and many others.
  • Held Art Gallery Tours and lectures for adult ESL classes from LaGuardia Community College, and for adults with learning disabilities from AHRC Joseph T. Weingold Center.
"Garden Of Delights" Theatrical Performance
"Garden Of Delights" Theatrical Performance

We want to continue to provide free art services to the community of Long Island City. In order to do so, we need to: 

  • Hire a gallery director to run the day-to-day operations so that we can continue to have new exhibitions every month.
  • Provide a monthly stipend to our Performing Arts Director to coordinate performing artists and supervise events.
  • Pay for printing, and marketing so the community can take advantage of our free services.
  • Pay for cleaning supplies
  • Cover expenses for opening receptions, including refreshments and entertainment 
  • Pay for artist supplies and live models for our workshop
  • Pay for our insurance 
  • Install lights for live events
  • Purchase our own chairs for events and openings 
  • Pay to construct movable walls to expand wall space
  • Pay for our recycling and garbage removal
  • Create Art-o-Mat, where we sell local artist’s work and help support the local economy and culture 
Artistic Director, Edjo Wheeler
Artistic Director, Edjo Wheeler

Once we establish our staff and put ourselves in the position to fully utilize our new space, we will be able to secure more permeant funding in other areas, but we need your help to Kickstart our year!

Risks and challenges

LIC-A will need to raise more than $15,000.00 in order to operate at this level for a full year. We know this will be challenging, but we have obtained grant money in the past, and in addition we have already embarked on outreach to large corporations in the community to become sponsors. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we can make sure our basic expenses and staff are paid so we can focus our energy on other sustainable funding opportunities.

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    The Neo-Classicist

    Come celebrate the community we have created at The Plaxall Gallery!

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    The Constructivist

    Represent our Arts Organization!

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    • One LIC-A T Shirt
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    The Cubist

    Drink and Draw with us! For free!

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    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Eileen Coyne pin
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
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    The Photorealist

    A limited edition Eileen Coyne print!
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    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
    • Eileen Coyne Limited Edition Print
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    The Minimalist

    Enjoy Dinner with a LIC-A member!

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    • Eileen Coyne Limited Edition Print
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Dinner with a LIC-A artist hosted at the home of Marc Leavitt
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    The Symbolist

    Original art by Tessa Kennedy!
    http://www.licartists.org/tessa-kennedy

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    • One LIC-A Membership
    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
    • Tessa Kennedy Original Painting
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    The Expressionist

    Attend a special LIC-A dinner at the Plaxall Gallery hosted by the LIC-A team!

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    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Eileen Coyne Limited Edition Print
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
    • One LIC-A Membership
    • Tickets for you and a guest to a LIC-A dinner party at Plaxall
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    The Dadaist

    Original art by Edjo Wheeler! https://www.edjowheeler.com

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    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
    • An original piece of art by sculptor Edjo Wheeler
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    The Hyperrealist

    An original painting by Jorge Posada! http://www.licartists.org/jorge-posada

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    • A Jorge Posada original painting
    • One LIC-A Membership
    • One LIC-A T Shirt
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    The Surrealist

    Host your own art related event in our 12,000 square foot gallery!

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    • Exclusive access to The Plaxall Gallery for your art event
    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
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    The Modernist

    Curate an exhibition in Gallery One's featured sub-space (500 square feet) for an entire month.

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    • Curate your own exhibition in our featured space in Gallery One
    • One LIC-A T Shirt
    • Free entry to Thursday night Drink & Draw for a month
    • One LIC-A Membership
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Funding period

- (30 days)