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Culture Lab LIC has opened its doors on another exciting year of art, music & theater!

We have three great new art exhibits for you to experience: Instrumental, Year of the Dragon, and We Are Queensbridge. Coming up in February:  our new live, indoor concert series, Sounds From the Gallery, and Reynaldo Piniella's No History.

We have an amazing February in store for you, and an amazing year ahead! 

By the way... If you love what we do here at Culture Lab and you want to be a part of it,  here are three great ways to help...

Donate so we can continue to present the  art & events you love.

Join our family by becoming a member! 

Help us keep our doors open by becoming an Official Sponsor!

Calendar of Current & Upcoming Events

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No History

A Solo Theater Piece

by Reynaldo Piniella

Culture Lab LIC Emergence Residency Artist


A coming of age story celebrating our shared history...

Note: Friday's performance of No History has been canceled due to illness. Saturday's performance will go on at 7pm as scheduled.

An additional performance has been added Sunday at 5pm.

Friday, February 23, 7pm

Saturday, February 24, 7pm

Sunday, February 25, 5pm

Free Admission.



No History by Reynaldo Piniella is a solo theater piece about Arturo Schomburg, a man who crossed oceans in a quest to preserve our history. This diasporic journey will fill us up with cornbread before transporting us to the frontlines of the fight for Cuban and Puerto Rican independence, the streets of New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, and back to the kitchen where it all began. We will experience the music of the Caribbean, the joy of eating soul food for the first time, and the poetry of Harlem. And we'll rediscover San Juan Hill, the community that was uprooted to build Lincoln Center. With guest appearances from Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes and W. E. B. DuBois, this coming-of-age story will make us celebrate our shared history and inspire us to save our grandmother's recipes.

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Sounds From the Gallery

Culture Lab LIC After Dark presents

Sounds From the Gallery

Set against the backdrop of our esteemed gallery, "Sounds from the Gallery" invites music enthusiasts and art aficionados alike to indulge in an extraordinary fusion of sonic and visual aesthetics. With each concert carefully curated to complement the current exhibitions, attendees can expect a harmonious blend of artistic expressions.

The concert series promises a diverse lineup featuring local and international musical talents spanning various genres. From soulful jazz melodies to electrifying indie performances, each show promises to elevate the ambiance of our gallery space, transforming it into an enchanting musical haven.

Upcoming Line Up:

Feb 24 - Natie
March 2 - Y& I with Ken Butler & Special Guests
March 9 - Roxiny (Album release weekend)
March 16 - Jennah Vox
March 23 - RONI
March 30 - Camp Bedford

No Cover.



Sounds From the Gallery


A Retrospective on the Life & Work of Ken Butler
Curated by Tess Howsam

On view: February 1 - March 3 during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm

Opening Reception: February 1, 6-9pm

Free admission.

We're kicking off our 2024 season right with our first exhibition of the year! Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, collage artworks, performances and other works explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, and diverse sounds as function and form collide in the intersection of art and music.

Be sure to stick with us throughout the month as Ken will have two live performances featuring "LIVE! at Culture Lab" favorites and special guests! As well as a chance to hear from the artist about his work!

Ken Butler Online Auction


Great news! Ken Butler has agreed to place several of his artworks up for auction online, and will be generously donating one half of all sales to Culture Lab LIC.


Check out the pieces being offered and place your bid here:

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Year of the Dragon
An Asian Artist Exhibition


On view: February 1 - March 24

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1, 6-9pm 

Culture Lab LIC is excited to present Year of the Dragon, an exhibition featuring works by Asian Artists.

Curated by Xiangdong Shi in association with the Chinese Overseas Artists Association. 

Year of the Dragon

A Portrait Series

Curated by Five Corners Collective
Featuring photos from Queensbridge Photo Collective

On View: February 1 - March 3 during gallery hours, Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm.

Opening Reception February 1, 6-9pm

Free admission.

The Queensbridge Photo Collective is a group of female photographers, all over the age of 65, who live at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, New York. The Queensbridge Houses is the nation's largest public-funded housing complex, home to over 7,000 residents from diverse backgrounds and cultures.


During the last four years, the QB Collective, working with teaching artists from Five Corners Collective, Inc. and support from the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, has used photography to portray Queensbridge as a vibrant and resilient community - a community whose voice has value and should be heard.

We Are Queensbridge
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Honoring Our Planet

Alongside Technology

Presented by The Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) with Alfaaz, Circuit Solarium & Wild Tongues Productions, & Culture Lab LIC

Saturday, March 2, 7-10pm
Sunday, March 3, 4-7pm

The award-winning Extended Reality Ensemble (XRE) with co-founders Clara Francesca and She’s Excited! in conjunction with Circuit Solarium USA, with Brooklyn-based literary collective Alfaaz (featured at World Ocean Day UN NYC) and Wild Tongues Productions, bring you SONGS FROM THE SOURCE,SONGS FROM THE SOURCE: Honoring Our Planet Alongside Technology”, a two-day festival of interactive installations & live performances featuring the elements of (1) water, (2) fire, (3) air and (4) earth, at Culture Lab LIC.


Directed by Coral Cohen

Stage Managed by Skye Pallo Ross

Lighting Design by Jacqueline Scaletta

Sound & Video Design by Cosette Pin

Set Consulting by Jessica Cancino

Press by Emily Owens PR

Produced in partnership with What Will the Neighbors Say?

Third Law was developed in part during a BRIClab Residency at BRIC (Brooklyn, NY). This work was made in part with the help of Theater Mitu’s Artists-At-Home program and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Third Law

Third Law is an interactive theatrical experience, working to maximize audience agency and bring them into the heart of art making using technology.


Through a digital game board, the audience has the unique opportunity to shape the world of the play and the characters in it, collaborating with the artists and each other to co-create a performance that can only happen live and in person. Combining high-concept art installation design with performance and gameplay, Third Law brings us together in space in a visceral and dynamic way - and it’s never the same twice.

Performed by:

Shani Matoaka Bekt

Sam Hood Adrain

Megan Mariko Boggs

Pablo Calderón-Santiago

James Clements

Melannie Vásquez Lara

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Thursday, May 9, 7pm & 8:30pm
Friday, May 10, 7pm & 8:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2pm, 4pm & 7pm
Sunday, May 12, 2pm & 4pm

Thursday, May 16, 7pm & 8:30pm
Friday, May 17, 7pm & 8:30pm
Saturday, May 18, 2pm, 4pm & 7pm
Sunday, May 19, 2pm & 4pm

Thursday, May 23, 7pm & 8:30pm
Friday, May 24, 7pm & 8:30pm
Saturday, May 25, 2pm, 4pm & 7pm
Sunday, May 26, 2pm & 4pm

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Behind the Mask
The Art of Women Welders

Curated by Karen Dimit

and Janet Rutkowski

Culture Lab LIC is excited to announce Behind the Mask, an exhibition showcasing the art of women artists who weld and work in metal.


It is a misconception that there are few women working in metal in the arts. Throughout our history there have been many now-famous women who have made great strides in metalwork including: Barbara Hepworth, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Alice Aycock , etc

The Behind the Mask exhibition features Wappen Field, an installation by Michelle Jaffé. Wappen Field is a sculpture and sound installation comprised of 12 chrome-plated steel helmets resembling face guards. Each helmet is a resonant chamber, where their dedicated speakers transform the sculptural installation into an immersive audio environment.


Vocal recordings created for Wappen Field by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, culled from seven diverse performers, are composed by Michelle Jaffé and spatialized algorithmically by David Reeder in SuperCollider.

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Exhibition on view: March 7 - April 28, during gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm

Opening reception: March 7, 6-9pm

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Culture Lab After Dark presents:

Nice One! Comedy's

Black History Month Special

Join us for a night filled with laughs in the unique setting of our front gallery! See NYC's best comics, as featured on HBO, Comedy Central, Netflix, The Tonight Show & The Late Show with Stephen Colbert! 

This week's line up: JJ Mattise, Kenny Warren, Ayanna Dookie, Ja Ron Young, Phil Hunt, Keith Johnson, CW Headley, Alex Babbitt


Thursday, February 22, 8pm

Tickets include your choice of one QNSY Cocktail!


Buy Tickets:

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Open Call for Art


A Visual Journey Through the Mind

Submission Deadline: March 15, 11:59pm EST

Exhibition on view: May 2 - June 2
Opening reception: May 2, 6-9pm

Culture Lab LIC is excited to announce an open call for our upcoming art exhibition, “Shattered: A Visual Journey Through the Mind.”

Step into a realm where emotions are painted, thoughts are sculpted, and the canvas becomes a sanctuary for the mind...

Shattered is an exploration of the human experience, shedding light on the complexities of mental health through the lens of artistic expression. Each stroke of the brush, every carefully crafted sculpture, and the vibrant hues on display tell stories of resilience, vulnerability, and the triumph of the human spirit. This exhibition is not merely a collection of artworks; it's a visual journey through the labyrinth of the mind. As you navigate the gallery, you'll encounter pieces that challenge stigmas, celebrate victories, and offer a profound insight into the diverse spectrum of mental health experiences. Shattered is a collective effort to destigmatize mental health, fostering understanding and empathy. Join us in this immersive experience, where creativity becomes a powerful tool for connection, fostering a community that values and nurtures the well-being of every individual. Together, we illuminate the path toward compassion, breaking down barriers and fostering a world where mental health is not just understood but embraced with open hearts and open minds.


Meet the People

  behind Culture Lab LIC...


Without our team, none of our programming would be possible. Catch a glimpse into the lives of the people who make up the Culture Lab team, and all of the beautiful qualities and characteristics they posses to "make art happen!"

And be sure to check out all the ways you can help make 2024 Culture Lab's best year ever! 

Culture Lab because...

As a New Year Begins...


We find ourselves reflecting on the extraordinary journey we've had at Culture Lab LIC. Thanks to you, our mission to bring impactful art to Western Queens has flourished beyond our wildest dreams. Your contributions--whether through donations, volunteer efforts, or simply by spreading the word about our initiatives--have helped us to make a profound difference in the lives of artists and art lovers in our community. 

Your generous support not only fueled our programs but also directly impacted the artists we serve, providing them with invaluable opportunities and resources, and a platform to share their stories, visions, and inspirations with the world.

A Look Back at 2023

With your continued support in 2024, we aim to expand our reach, continue to present local and international artists, and further enrich our community through art.


Here are 3 ways you can help... 

Donate so we can continue to present the great art & events you love.

Join the Culture Lab LIC Family by Becoming a Member! 

Help us keep our doors open by becoming an Official Sponsor!

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Tess Howsam talks to the artists, performers & curators behind the events & exhibitions at Culture Lab LIC 

View the full playlist on Culture Lab LIC's YouTube Channel

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You voted and we won!

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the following titles:

 • Best Place for Live Music
• Best Local Organization
• Best Performing Arts Venue
• Best Stand-up Comedy Venue

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who voted for us and to Boast NYC. We are committed to being a space where the community can enjoy arts and culture in all its forms.

Our ART GALLERY is open Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-10pm. Keep your eye on our social media for updates on our upcoming theatre, dance and comedy performances!

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As a member of Culture Lab LIC, you directly support dozens of arts, cultural and neighborhood organizations enjoyed by the entire community. As a Thank You for your awesomeness, each of our membership levels offer something for everyone: $2 off drinks, early viewings to monthly exhibitions, artists talks, Culture Lab LIC swag, and discounts to theater, dance, music concerts, and special events. We have an exciting 2022 season ahead of us and we cannot wait to share it with you! 

Our Supporters

Special thanks to the following organizations and

individuals for their continuing support:

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