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.

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.

Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. Launches Webinars for Homeowners

Louis and Lucille were two artists who owned their own home. Home ownership can be an important factor in economic advancement. The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all Queens residents, including our homeowners and seniors. This Thursday, Borough President Richards will host a pair of webinars to help connect homeowners at risk of displacement with state funding and our elders with the services they need and deserve during these challenging times. See below for information on how to join Thursday’s events and click here to RSVP.

 

City Launches $100M Small Business Resilience Grant for Hard-Hit Sectors and Low to Moderate Income Communities

“Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced the $100 million NYC Small Business Resilience Grant to provide immediate funding to small businesses in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food sectors and in low to moderate income (LMI) communities to help them recover from the pandemic.” Click here for details.

Culture Supports Communities: Cultural Solidarity Fund

From Commissioner Gonzalo Casals: “In a report released this summer, Center for an Urban Future found that “more than half of the artists and creative workers employed pre-pandemic” were still laid off or furloughed. With relief funding largely directed to organizations, these artists had less support to see them through the pandemic – in a city where survival was challenging even before the pandemic. Research from the Social Impact of the Arts project has also demonstrated that cultural activity correlates with safer, stronger, healthier communities.” As part of the solution, The Louis Armstrong House Museum supports the Cultural Solidarity Fund.

Queens Rising

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.

 

Community!

    

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.