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8/9/2019

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Asian American Federation’s Small Business Program Unveils New Mural on Union Street to Improve Shopping Experience

New York City: On Thursday, August 15, 2019, the Asian American Federation (AAF) will be presenting Union Street: Where Home Is, the first-ever mural painting on Union Street in downtown Flushing. Created by visual artist Chemin Hsiao, the public artwork, located at 37-23 Union Street in Flushing, NY, is the first in a series of art projects planned by AAF as part of its small business program to beautify Union Street and enhance the shopping experience for customers.

As Union Street is home to some of the oldest Asian businesses in New York City, the mural is a tribute to these diverse immigrant communities whose rich contributions have been instrumental in building the vibrant life and culture of the area. The artwork features the famed number 7 subway line and important institutions and landmarks surrounding Union Street, including Latimer House, Flushing High School, Flushing Town Hall, Bowne House, the Weeping Beech Tree, and the Queens Botanical Garden.

AAF commissioned Queens-based visual artist Chemin Hsiao, who is himself an immigrant from Taiwan, to create the artwork. The project is supported in part by the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) and the New Work Grant from Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). The wall space was provided by Hanmi Realty.

We will be joined at the unveiling by Council Member Peter Koo; Representative Grace Meng; Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director of Asian American Federation, Chemin Hsiao, visual artist; officials from the New York Economic Development Corporation, Queens Council of the Arts and others.

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE TO PRESENT AAF'S FIRST MURAL ON UNION STREET, FLUSHING, NY

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019, 10:00 AM

WHERE: 37-17 UNION STREET, FLUSHING (Queens)