March 19, 2023

Zip Code Memory Project Presents

Together, Not Alone

World Premiere
NEW YORK City Five-Borough Tour
and a never-before-seen compilation of Queens Covid Stories
Location: Local Hostels 13-02 44th Ave, Queens, NY 11101.
3:30pm: Doors Open — light refreshments and interactive memory-based art projects
5:00pm: Screenings and Q&A
7pm: Socializing and Networking

When NYC ordered all “non-essential workers” to close up and go home, “we” the community-based cultural institutions, the artists, curators, photographers, administrators, oral historians, storytellers, community educators, teaching-artists  [and the list goes on], asked ourselves: ARE WE ESSENTIAL? Are the trusted social networks we have forged – over years and decades – essential to maintaining?

Yes! Without a moment’s doubt, the city’s cultural institutions, big and small, literally and figuratively, became cultural first responders by creating space across the digital universe for conversation, community, hope, and resilience.

Zip Code Memory Project  in collaboration with the Queens World Film Festival, Queens Memory Project, A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network), Union Docs, Five Boro Story Project, Stoop Stories, and LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, will present the NYC Five-Borough  ‘Together, Not Alone – Zip Codes Remember’ Tour  on March 19, 3:30pm at The Local in LIC Queens.

Join us for this free, short film screening and discussion at The Local (13-02 44th Ave) in Long Island City to mark the third anniversary of New York City’s pandemic lockdown of 2020.

The event will open with refreshments from the Queensboro Restaurant who mobilized their resources to feed our first responders at Elmhurst Hospital Center as they became the epicenter of the epicenter. The repast will be accompanied by interactive participation in memory mapping, conversation, and activities designed to bring us together around our shared and lived experiences.

We will honor and explore the role of citizens and community-based cultural organizations who responded quickly to create a record of life in Queens during an extraordinary moment in history. Let’s celebrate how we all stretched, grew and transformed, virtually and literally, to meet the needs of Queens, the borough where we live, love, work, and serve. Doors at 3:30pm. Screenings from 5-6pm followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.