The reception will run from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Roy Wilkins Park Family Center in Jamaica, where the exhibition will be housed for one week.
“Colors in Black” is expected to feature 400 pieces of art, including works from featured artists Larry Green, Carlton Murell and Nate Ladson. SQPA also invited elementary, middle and high school students in Queens to showcase their art in the exhibit as well.
There will be a contest judging the students’ pieces, the winner of which will be announced during the opening reception this weekend.
Schools are encouraged to schedule tours of “Colors in Black” throughout the week. SQPA will hold workshops with respected artists from the community for students who attend the exhibition with their schools.
For more than four decades, SQPA engages itself in the mission of broadening the education experience of residents in Southern Queens, through comprehensive programs tailored to children, families, adults and seniors.
Programs are offered at four sites, each offering a repertoire of services such as Youth Development, Basic & Continuing Education, Workforce Development, Family & Individual Supportive Services, senior activities, structured recreational outlets, team sports, cultural events, environmental programs and technological literacy initiatives.
The organization also focuses on enhancing the quality of life for its community, by finding innovative methods of stewardship of the 57 acres that make up Southern Queens-Roy Wilkins Park. The park contains serene walkways in addition to athletic facilities like a gymnasium, natatorium and athletic track. There are also courts for handball, tennis and basketball, in addition to football, cricket and soccer fields.
Hours for the exhibition are Mon. March 2 through Friday, Mar. 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday Mar. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but SQPA suggests a donation in order to help the organization continue its efforts within the community.