Queens Art Intervention 2017

Joan​ ​Becht​ ​Willette

The​ ​Hestia​ ​Project

Long​ ​Island​ ​City

Location: Socrates​ ​Sculpture​ ​Park >> map

A​ ​participatory​ ​art​ ​installation​ ​through​ ​which​ ​people​ ​can​ ​seek​ ​and​ ​imagine​ ​their​ ​Dream​ ​Dwelling. How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​describe​ ​your​ ​Dream​ ​Dwelling​ ​from​ ​a​ ​physical​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​point​ ​of​ ​view?​ ​I​ ​will invite​ ​audience​ ​into​ ​[the​ ​tent]​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​a​ ​discussion,​ ​have​ ​"Your​ ​Dream​ ​Dwelling​ ​Must Haves"​ ​brainstorming​ ​with​ ​them,​ ​and​ ​hone​ ​in​ ​on​ ​the​ ​key​ ​points​ ​of​ ​their​ ​story​ ​-​ ​connecting​ ​the physical/emotional​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​the​ ​structure,​ ​hopes​ ​and​ ​dreams​ ​of​ ​their​ ​"Dream​ ​Dwelling".

Then​ ​they​ ​will​ ​be​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​transfer​ ​their​ ​"dreams"​ ​onto​ ​16"x16"​ ​canvas​ ​pillow​ ​covers​ ​using​ ​art supplies.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​also​ ​draw​ ​images​ ​and​ ​symbols​ ​there​ ​that​ ​are​ ​meaningful​ ​to them.​ ​These​ ​canvas​ ​pillow​ ​cases​ ​will​ ​be​ ​exhibited​ ​the​ ​Queens​ ​Museum​ ​QAI​ ​Exhibition​ ​along with​ ​the​ ​photographs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​event​ ​on​ ​QAI​ ​community​ ​engagement​ ​day.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​also​ ​present​ ​an essay​ ​describing​ ​the​ ​event​ ​and​ ​the​ ​creative​ ​colorful​ ​conversations​ ​with​ ​the​ ​participants.

Biography

​Joan​ ​Becht​ ​Willette​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Literary​ ​Artist​ ​and​ ​creatrix​ ​of​ ​“The​ ​Enchanted​ ​Goddess​ ​Project​ ​-​ ​A Literary​ ​Creative​ ​Arts​ ​Series.”​ ​​ ​She​ ​has​ ​pieces​ ​of​ ​her​ ​work​ ​published​ ​in​ ​Newtown​ ​Literary, Siren​ ​Magazine,​ ​Silver Birch Press​ ​and​​ ​“These Winter Months: The Late Orphan Project Anthology.”​ ​Joan​ ​runs​ ​“The Enchanted​ ​Goddess”​ ​Writing​ ​,​ ​Reading​ ​and​ ​Creative​ ​Arts​ ​workshops.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​read​ ​her​ ​work​ ​in the​ ​NYC​ ​Poetry​ ​Festival,​ ​Queens​ ​Lit​ ​Fest,​ ​Boundless​ ​Tales,​ ​International​ ​Women’s​ ​Salon,​ ​Five Boro Story Project: Astoria/LIC Love Letters, Canvas of Words, Inspired Word and Nature of the Muse, etc.​ ​Joan​ ​has​ ​curated/hosted​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​series​ ​“Celebrating​ ​Queens​ ​Women Artists”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Queens​ ​Council​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Arts.​ ​She has been featured on several QPTV series "ArtistSpace", "World of Arts", and "Power Women of Queens." In print media: Queens Gazette, The Queens Chronicle, The Queens Tribune, The LIC Ledger and most recently in The Huffington Post. ​Joan is currently writing her first book "The Enchanted Goddess of Queens" and working on producing more community creative workshops and performances for women artists in Queens.

This program is funded by:

Councilmember Funding