Inspiring Voices: Transforming the World, Lives and Communities
Attending the UN DPI/NGO inaugural briefing with the Women’s Caucus for Art’s two new Youth Representatives, Soha Farooqui and Miranda Barnes (both interns from the Department of Art and Design at Queensborough Community College, CUNY) made for a memorable and particularly inspiring day. Jeff Brez, UN DPI Chief of NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events, began the event with a warm welcome and a preview of the year ahead for the NGO community. He noted that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, and quoted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s observations that “the year 2015 is a once in a generation opportunity. Our goal is to put people at the center, and protect our one and only planet. Our duty is to end poverty, leave no one behind, and build lives of dignity for all.
QCC’s growing and wide ranging art programs offers students opportunities in areas across many disciplines. We offer degree programs in digital art and design, photography, fine art, and museum and gallery studies. In addition, the department offers special events, lecture series, and internships.
It is the mission of the Department of Art and Design to provide each student with a strong foundation in the traditional techniques and processes utilized in the creation of visual art; to offer students an opportunity to understand the historical importance that visual art has in human society and to gain critical thinking skills through writing and the collaborative discussion of artworks; to assist students in the development of a personal approach to making visual art; and to create an environment for students to incorporate new technologies into the process of creating visual art.
Last Spring, the Department of Art & Design and the QCC Gallery celebrated the best of student work from the preceding year with an exhibition of student painting, design, sculpture, drawing, and video. This curated exhibition was accompanied by a catalog created by the QCC gallery. This Spring the Department will again sponsor this annual exhibition.