Markus Gardens Curatorial Project Press Release

Please join us for the opening reception at Markus Gardens, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 5-8pm

90-26 171st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432  details below


Liz Whitney Quisgard’s work installed as a Sheltering Arch in the music room at Markus Gardens.




Krista Saunders Scenna, Director of Communications

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A New Home for the Mentally Ill in Queens Inaugurates their Space with Contemporary Art

WHAT:                    Art Connects New York curates free, permanent exhibitions of contemporary art for social service organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

We’re kicking off the New Year with a collaboration between Art Connects New York and Markus Gardens, the newest supportive housing development by ACMH, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the wellness and recovery of persons with mental illness living in New York City.

Art Connects has partnered with Queens-based artist and curator, Karen Fitzgerald, to organize the permanent exhibition, “In a Sheltering Place,” for Markus Gardens in Jamaica, Queens. The exhibition features 15 mid-career artists who explore notions of shelter and home through various media and perspectives. All of the artists in the exhibition have donated the artwork in the exhibition to the Markus Gardens community.

WHEN:                    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5 – 8pm

WHERE:                 Markus Gardens

90-26 171st Street

Jamaica, NY 11432

HOW:                       Markus Gardens opened its doors to an underserved community of New Yorkers struggling with mental health issues in April 2014. During the summer of 2014, Markus Gardens invited Art Connects New York, with curator Karen Fitzgerald, to help inaugurate their new space by organizing “In a Sheltering Place”: a permanent exhibition conceived in direct response to the Markus Gardens community and the daily challenges their residents face in creating – and sustaining – a sense of home.

Art Connects New York is a charitable organization that, with the help of its donors, connects artists and curators with social service agencies in New York City to create permanent exhibitions of contemporary artwork. Since its inception in 2006, Art Connects New York has organized 34 permanent exhibitions for social service centers throughout the five boroughs.

Art Connects New York’s programs are supported in part by: The Fay Slover Fund at the Boston Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and the New York Council for the Humanities; and by contributions from individual donors.