May 9, 2014 Staff Report
More than 100 children participated in a neighborhood cleanup and arts event on Barnett Avenue on Saturday.
The event was the first “Make Your Mark” event organized by Re-Create Queens, a newly-formed arts and youth alliance.
The children swept, picked up, danced, drew and planted marigolds along the short industrial strip between 37th and 39th Avenues.
The “Make Your Mark” concept stems from premise that children can be taught to make their mark in the world by tending to public space and appreciating art.
The event drew many of Sunnyside’s local community groups, including: artspaceQ, an all-arts alliance that was formed earlier this year in Sunnyside; Sunnyside Artists, a visual fine arts group; Sunnyside Woodside Boys & Girls Club, a group that focuses on youth recreation, learning and sports; Unity Stage Company, a Sunnyside-based performing arts group; and Unplug Kids, which provides creative classes for children.