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New Arts & Culture programme expanded at JFK’s Terminal 4


John F Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 is expanding its arts and culture programme to present a curated, ongoing series of installations, exhibits and performances throughout the year that it says will represent the full New York City experience, from local art to food, culture and beyond.

Operator, JFKIAT, formed a new committee to facilitate the T4 Arts & Culture programme, including the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), Delta Air Lines, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Terminal Four Airline Consortium.

“As a Queens-based business and the gateway to New York City for millions of people, it is important to us that we foster a vibrant, welcoming environment within our terminal that truly embodies and celebrates the diverse communities around us,” said Roel Huinink, president and CEO of JFKIAT.

“The T4 Arts & Culture programe will connect passengers to New York City in the same way that Terminal 4 connects travellers to the world through an immersive art and cultural experience.

“We are so proud to collaborate with the Museum of the City of New York, Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Terminal Four Airline Consortium to bring this vision to life.”

The expansion of the T4 Arts & Culture programme begins with the unveiling of MCNY’s inaugural triennial photography exhibition, titled New York Now: Home.

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, which is on view at MCNY through August 27, the T4 Arts & Culture program is presenting a Queens-based digital installation focusing on artists who live in Queens or who make Queens the subject of their work. New York Now: Home examines contemporary ideas of “home,” highlighting the dwellings and experiences of New Yorkers.

According to JFKIAT, each piece demonstrates the meaning of ‘home; to the individuals who are featured, encompassing a variety of viewpoints as diverse as the city itself, and inviting viewers to engage with the city through a new perspective.

“As New York City’s storyteller for the last century, it’s a thrill to partner with Terminal 4 to bring arts and culture to all who travel to and through New York City and beyond,” said Sheryl Victor Levy, Vice President Marketing Communications for MCNY.

“We are inspired by their commitment to bring a fresh and accessible approach to what is presented in the Terminal and are excited to have MCNY’s photography Triennial be the launching pad for Terminal 4’s arts and culture programme.”

A selection of 15 powerful images is now displayed throughout Terminal 4 – along with two viewing stations in the Retail Hall – activating the terminal through community-driven narratives that spotlight the artists and their stories, and connecting viewers to the community around them.

“This new immersive art experience aims to engage and educate travellers on various experiences living in the surrounding borough of Queens, New York,” said Teresa Rizzuto, John F. Kennedy International Airport’s general manager.

“Integrating three local artists native to Queens provides a first-hand look at the area and subjects of each of their works. We urge those who pass through Terminal 4 to take some time to stop and view these unique works of art to get a sense of what Queens has to share.”

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