We all need to laugh and heal...

CULTURE LAB LIC is in the news – a few times – for providing outdoor, socially distanced space for free public performances... and raising money for charity at the same time!

Thanks to the hard work of REBECCA TRENT, owner of THE CREEK AND THE CAVE, and Culture Lab's executive director, EDJO WHEELER, with the support of PLAXALL INC, the ongoing series of free, outdoor comedy and music events, co-hosted by SNL star MICHAEL CHE, is a big success, drawing large crowds and grabbing headlines in the local press. 

The evening events are held in Culture Lab's enormous waterfront parking lot in LIC, with social distancing rules observed and masks mandatory. 

The lineup changes from week to week, and Che's appearances are dependent on his busy schedule. He typically notifies the public about his upcoming shows on his Instagram account: www.instagram.com/chethinks 

And be sure to follow Culture Lab's social media for the latest scheduling information: 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/culturelablic
Twitter: twitter.com/CultureLabLIC

READ MORE about the Summer Comedy & Music series in:





• THE BROOKLYN VEGAN: www.brooklynvegan.com/michael-che-is-doing-free-outdoor-comedy-shows-in-long-island-city-this-summer

• THE ASTORIA POST: astoriapost.com/comedian-michael-che-brings-free-outdoor-comedy-shows-to-lic


Photos: Mikiodo

Press Release


CONTACT: Claire Holmes | 845.282.0774 | holmes@risaheller.com 




Arts facility gets creative to serve community during COVID-19 


LONG ISLAND CITY, NY— Today the Plaxall Gallery 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 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 theatre, and an outdoor event space. Over the years, the Plaxall Gallery has become an important institution for the surrounding artistic community. 


The arrival of Culture Lab LIC (Culture Lab) will allow the Plaxall Gallery to expand its arts and community services, freeing its partner organization, LIC Artists, Inc. to focus on its artist membership services.  


Edjo Wheeler, who co-founded the Plaxall Gallery, will continue as Executive Director of Culture Lab, and Tana Sirois will serve as Performing Arts Director. The current gallery director, Norma Homberg, will continue to work with LIC Artists as their Exhibition Coordinator.


“For the past three and a half years, this team of dedicated artists have built this arts center from the ground up, thanks in major part to the generosity of Plaxall,” said Edjo Wheeler, Executive Director of Culture Lab LIC. “This space has become home to some of LIC’s most exciting cultural ideas and activities.”


“We’re committed to providing free and affordable space for artists to develop and produce their work at The Plaxall Gallery,” said Tana Sirois, Performing Arts Director of Culture Lab LIC. “The impact that COVID-19 has had on the artistic community of NYC is devastating. Culture Lab will be here to support artists through the long, challenging recovery, and we will continue to make art happen in LIC.” 

During the COVID-19 crisis, Culture Lab has pivoted to function as a donation drop-off and food distribution center, becoming a key link in the chain connecting food sources to hungry people in Queens. The initiative, taken on with other local nonprofits, including LIC Relief, Brighter Bites, The Connected Chef, City Harvest, and Queens Together, has already delivered needed food to thousands of food insecure families.

The space is also used by a range of community groups free of charge, including Hunters Point Park Conservancy, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Girl Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, Habitat for Humanity and local public schools, among many others. Culture Lab LIC aims to expand these partnerships and welcome in more of the local community. 

“No one is looking forward more to the day we re-open to the public, and life returns to a new normal,” says Matt Quigley, Managing Director at Plaxall, Inc. “In the meantime, we are all happy that we’ve been able to serve the community in this new way, and are grateful for the lessons we are learning in how we can be the best possible neighbors.”

To learn more about Culture lab LIC, visit CultureLabLIC.org.

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


at The Plaxall Gallery

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

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

View Map for Directions

​Gallery Hours
Thursdays: 6-10pm, with Life Drawing Workshop from 7-10pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12-5pm

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

the Gallery is currently closed to the public till further notice.

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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.

© 2020 Culture Lab LIC. All Rights Reserved.

Questions? Contact: info@culturelablic.org

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