OUR WORK

People for the Pavilion works to build a community around the Pavilion through public programs, events, and communications, with a focus on individuals, organizations, and institutions located around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Below is a selection of programs presented by PFP with local, city, and national partners.
 
 

NEW YORK STATE PAVILION IDEAS COMPETITION

March - August, 2016 - Presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and PFP, and co-sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition was an “anything goes” approach to radically reimagine one of New York City’s most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens.

To lower the barriers to entry that generally prevent participation in ideas competitions and to engage local communities, People for the Pavilion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered with Hibridos Collective and RPGA Studio, two Queens-based peacemaking organizations helped participants re-envision the iconic structure using participatory art through a series of public programs in open spaces throughout Queens.

Through this ideas competition, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, People for the Pavilion, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz raised awareness worldwide of the New York State Pavilion and its future. Together, we sparked spark a conversation about the value of historic preservation and this irreplaceable structure by engaging the residents of Queens in re-imagining one of its most significant assets. Read more about the competition here.

 
 

MAS SUMMIT FOR NYC 2016

 

October 22, 2015 - PFP was invited to discuss the future of the New York State Pavilion at the the sixth annual MAS Summit for New York City at the TimesCenter. Watch the talk here.

 
 

ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY - FOREST HILLS

 

June 27, 2015 - Despite being a familiar, almost ubiquitous sight to many, the storied past and possible future of the New York State Pavilion is unfamiliar to its diverse neighbors. PFP and AFHny set up tables in two neighborhoods to find out what residents know about the Pavilion, and what they would like to see it become.

 
 

GREETINGS FROM THE PAVILION!

 

November 15, 2014 - PFP partnered with artist Sol Aramendi to invite participants to turn their camera’s eye towards the community around the Pavilion. Sol created Project Luz, a space to share, learn, and experiment using photography as a tool of empowerment for immigrant communities.

 
 

QUEENS MUSEUM TALK

 

November 8, 2014 - PFP was invited by the Queens Museum to take part in a series of talks called Pavilions, Collections and Magicians at the New York World’s Fairs. The talks were based on the exhibition Behind the Curtain: Collecting the New York Fairs, which revealed artifacts and souvenirs drawn from private collections, and the museum’s own.

 
 

ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY - CORONA/FLUSHING

 

November 1, 2014 - Despite being a familiar, almost ubiquitous sight to many, the storied past and possible future of the New York State Pavilion is unfamiliar to its diverse neighbors. PFP and AFHny set up tables in two neighborhoods to find out what residents know about the Pavilion, and what they would like to see it become.

 
 

PAVILION KIDS! WITH ARCHITOTS

 

October 19, 2014 - Architots and PFP held a 'blue print' challenge for children to design their version of the New York State Pavilion at the Queens Museum. Coloring sheets were provided for younger participants, and Architots distributed plastic hard hats to participants.

 
 

PAVILION KIDS! AT THE QUEENS MUSEUM

 

August 14, 2014 - PFP launched Pavilion Kids! at the Queens Museum, an educational program that allows kids to learn about the iconic New York State Pavilion. Participants were invited to imagine both the past and future of the New York State Pavilion, led by art teachers and PFP volunteers.

 
 

PAVILION DAY WITH THE NEW YORK METS

 

August 1, 2014 - PFP partnered with the New York Mets to celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the New York World’s Fairs. The Mets gave $5 from each ticket sold by PFP back to the organization, and each ticket purchase entitled participants to receive a free limited edition Mets Pavilion t-shirt. PFP used to opportunity to recognize the NYSP Paint Project, Frankie Campione, and late PFP Co-Founder Christian Doran for their work on the Pavilion.

 
 

ALL QUEENS FAMILY FUN FEST

 

July 20, 2014 - People for the Pavilion participated in the All-Queens Family Fun Fest, presented by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce at Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing. The event was supported by Councilman Peter Koo and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic.

 
 

JANE'S WALK

 

May 3, 2014 - Melissa Russell and Sophie Elias led a tour titled Flushing Meadows Fleshed Out: Queens' Largest Park from Ash Dump to World's Fair Ground with People for the Pavilion as part of the Municipal Arts Society Jane's Walk series.

 

 
 

PEOPLE FOR THE PAVILION KICKOFF EVENT

 

January 25, 2014 - On January 25, 2014, People for the Pavilion invited community members and local officials to take part in a presentation and discussion about the past, present, and future of the New York State Pavilion.