Artists Navigating 2020

Responding to



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LIC: Community Through Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities all over the world and has significantly changed the way businesses operate. This unprecedented situation called on local, city, state, and federal agencies to provide guidance and support as businesses adapt to new restrictions.

In recent years, Long Island City has become a highly attractive live-work-recreate talent hub with a broad range of industries. Now, this community of innovative leaders must navigate through uncharted waters to find relief during a public health crisis, and to build towards a better future.

This year’s Summit will explore the lasting effects of COVID-19 and how key groups such as small businesses, healthcare, civic/non-profit, arts and education, manufacturers, workforce, real estate, and government agencies worked independently, as well as collaboratively, to recover during a crisis.

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The Plaxall Gallery has announced the launch of Culture Lab LIC, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the development of art, theater, music and community services in western Queens. Donated by the family-owned Plaxall Inc., the 12,000-square-foot converted waterfront warehouse located on the Anable Basin in Long Island City is home to three art galleries, a 90-seat theater and an outdoor event space...   Read more on Qns.com

Welcome to Culture Lab LIC

at The Plaxall Gallery! 

We know the artists and the nonprofits who make this world a better place are struggling now. Although our indoor art gallery is temporarily closed to the public, our series of Summer Music events is going strong in our outdoor performance space, and we have continued our community services by providing space and support to organizations like the ones listed here.  A lot of people have been asking us "what about when this is over?"


Our commitment is that The Plaxall Gallery will still be here!  We have an amazing 12,000 square-foot arts and community center generously donated by Plaxall Inc., and will be providing space for you, our loving community, so that you can experience and create art together as soon as we are able to share space again. Our fine art gallery will reopen to both local and international artists, and we will be providing space to performers of all disciplines to develop and perform their work in our 90 seat theatre.


Local nonprofits like the PS/IS78 and PS384 PTA, Hour Children, Alcoholics Anonymous, Queens Council on the Arts, Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, and so much more, will have a space with us again!


Our artist residency programs will continue, and the space you have come to know as a cornerstone of arts, culture and community services will still be standing. In the meantime, hold tight, work together and keep life moving forward!

In partnership with The Fresh Air Fund, Culture Lab LIC recently received 10,000 donated books to be delivered to 11 sites around the City! 

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Help us so we can continue to help the community...

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at The Plaxall Gallery

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101

(Enter via uncovered parking lot entrance  through door above staircase.)

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Outdoor Beer Garden and Live Music Hours:

Sat & Sun, 1-6pm through Nov. 29

(Weather Permitting)

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in compliance with social distancing guidelines, access to the indoor gallery may be limited.

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​Culture Lab LIC, Inc. is a non-profit arts advocacy organization

founded by artists and incorporated in 2019 in Long Island City, New York

© 2020 Culture Lab LIC. All Rights Reserved.

Questions? Contact: info@culturelablic.org

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