This page features items important to Louis Armstrong’s story and our community, including home ownership, education, incarceration, public advocacy, and artistic creation from our friends.
Housing for Artists
Affordable housing wait list opens at the iconic Manhattan Plaza Mitchell-Lama apartments. It’s the first time this wait list has been open in a generation. Sign up! https://www.6sqft.com/affordable-housing-waiting-list-opens-at-the-iconic-manhattan-plaza-mitchell-lama-apartments/. And learn more about the artist housing at Artspace https://www.artspace.org/ps109.
Queensboro Dance Festival
The Queensboro Dance Festival is a Summer Tour of Performances presenting Queens-based dances of diverse cultures and styles. Submit your proposal to perform this summer. queensborodancefestival.com/apply
Arts for Incarcerated and De-Incarcerated People
Music on the Inside (MOTI) connects youth and adults impacted by incarceration with professional musicians as teachers and mentors to bring hope and healing through the transformative power of music. The inspiration for this organization was Louis Armstrong’s story of incarceration as a young person. Check out their story in the NYTimes. And see this list of other organizations bringing the arts to incarcerated and de-incarcerated people.
Queens Rising is a multi-disciplinary arts and culture celebration, scheduled for June 2022, designed to highlight our borough’s cultural and creative diversity by amplifying and promoting Queens arts and culture. Learn more HERE.
Our Land Acknowledgement: Where do we stand? We are still learning as an organization, but to the best of our knowledge, the Louis Armstrong House Museum stands on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and a people who continue to live and work on this land to this day. We stand in a community that has been home to immigrants from many nations throughout its history and through today. We stand in a community that, in the 1940’s, welcomed two Black artists, at a time when many communities did not. We stand because of the support of community members and leaders who have passed, including Selma Heraldo, Michael Cogswell, Phoebe Jacobs, Stanley Crouch and Jimmy Heath. And we stand in the legacy of both Louis and Lucille Armstrong.