The mission of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives is to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. The Center seeks to encourage an awareness of, and appreciation for, the value of diversity in a pluralistic society.
The Center serves as a learning laboratory for the College’s students and creates its own unique, customized exhibits, which travel to schools, libraries, and other organizations throughout the country. Locally, the Center also offers a lecture series, film series, and other programs in the spirit of maintaining the sacred promise of “never again.”
The Center’s internship program for Queensborough students consists of a concentration on the history of the Holocaust followed by training on the proper techniques for interviewing Holocaust survivors. Each intern is paired with a survivor, who in many instances had been about the same age during the Holocaust as the intern is today. The end result of the internships is to document the stories for the archives and to provide the students with a human connection to an important part of history.
The Queensborough Community College Art Gallery is a learning laboratory for the College’s students and a cultural asset to Queens and the entire metropolitan area. The Art Gallery routinely offers world-class exhibits like Picasso Printmaker: A Perpetual Metamorphosis. Together with its permanent collection of African art, which has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, and student and faculty exhibitions, the Gallery specializes in bringing the artistic and cultural traditions of diverse cultures to its own diverse audiences.
The Art Gallery’s creative learning experiences, which have been nationally recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education, include its “Learning-to-Look” project-based learning program for the students of the College, along with students from local high schools, colleges, and universities. In conjunction with the Art and Photography Department, the Gallery offers a two-credit internship course on gallery administration, which gives students a practical look at how a gallery operates.
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) is a creative catalyst for promoting the arts to students and residents of Queens and greater New York City. Through its rich menu of arts programming and educational services QPAC serves more than 90,000 people each year. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, QPAC has successfully presented over 1100 performances in the intimate 875-seat theater including superior student productions. The cornerstone of the Performing Arts Center is the annual Professional Performing Arts Series, which was created to bring a high level of accessible world-class entertainment to the community at large. QPAC is strongly committed to expanding public access to the arts for everyone–working families, younger generations and seniors, but particularly for our students at Queensborough. As a QCC faculty member, you have the unique opportunity of integrating the center and its resources in a number of creative ways, into the courses you teach, deepening and enriching student learning in the process. While students studying the arts may seem like the most natural fit for this type of participatory learning, the artists we present, many of whom hail from the farthest corners of the world, enable real-life lessons in sociology, history, language, health, education, finance, physical therapy, physics, not to mention the more obvious connections in the areas of theatre, dance, music, photography, and marketing. Many of your colleagues have already collaborated with us with great success. Keep in mind that students who attend events at QPAC in conjunction with a class, do so for free.
Additionally, nearly three dozen students work behind the scenes at the Performing Arts Center each year. Students who wish to intern must have completed pre-requisite classes in one of the performing arts disciplines. Students work on nearly 100 productions each year, ranging from professional productions, student productions, and community rentals to graduations and dance recitals.
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Location: Library Building
Opened in 1979, the Queensborough Community College Observatory, the largest in a college in Queens and located on the roof of the Library Building, houses a 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Reflector telescope. Students in the Queensborough’s astronomy course (PH-110: Astronomy and Space Physics) attend at least one night observation there during the semester. Their guests and other Queensborough students and faculty/staff are welcome on a space-available basis. Continuing Education periodically offers stargazing for the community. Observers can see details on the moon, excellent views of planets and some of their moons, interesting stars, and some galaxies.