Community Programs

The Chocolate Factory Theater is deeply embedded in the life of its geographic and cultural communities. Led by Manager of Communications & Civic Engagement demetries morrow, The Chocolate Factory organizes numerous programs and events designed to cultivate and celebrate the diverse communities of Western Queens.

Community Portrait Project
“What makes a community whole? Whose lack of presence in your local routine would you miss if they were no longer there?” In partnership with Bard High School Early College Queens, The Chocolate Factory worked with students to develop portraits of individuals who have a profound impact on the life of Western Queens; and hosted an exhibition of new work by student artists commissioned to create portraits of local community members.

Girls Scouts Badge Workshop
The Chocolate Factory regularly leads merit badge workshop badges for the local Girl Scounts. Past badge workshops have included the Science of Happiness and the Music and Dance Badge.

LIC Springs!
an annual community block party hosted by LIC Partnership, this event celebrates Long Island City through music, dance live performances and more. The Chocolate Factory serves as block captain, providing technical support for other local groups and cultural organizations.

Andrews Grove (aka Shady Park)
In partnership with Friends of Shady Park, we have been involved in a daffodil planting, fall cleaning and during summer months are responsible for maintaining the water sprinklers, providing a clean, cool and beautiful area to play and connect with children and their families in the neighborhood.

Hunter’s Point Community Garden Support

Halloween in Long Island City
An annual celebration including a large scale parade and party, Halloween in LIC is the largest event of its kind. We happily co-organize and provide technical support for the holiday event each year.

Arts Community Partnerships The Chocolate Factory regularly partners with local arts organizations, including Movement Research, to provide residency support for its artist community; and serving as Community Partner to the Insitu Dance Festival, a free site-specific dance festival taking place at four public waterfront parks along the East River in LIC, providing technical support and rehearsal space for participating artists (Chocolate Factory Executive Director Sheila Lewandowski also serves on their Advisory Board).

Folk Art Museum/ Court Sq. Library

CSCA Summer Block Party
Organized by the Court Square Civic Association, this summer block party invites local residents to enjoy a day of entertainment, activities, food, family, and fun. The Chocolate Factory provides technical and production support.

LGBTQ Pride Brunch
An annual brunch hosted by NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer to honor outstanding LGBTQ leaders for their contributions to the Western Queens community. The Chocolate Factory provides technical and production support for this event each year.

Long Island City Cultural Alliance
An alliance of leading arts and cultural organizations in and around Long Island City, joining together to increase both visibility and access to its institutions, and strengthening the voice of the area’s flourishing arts community. The Chocolate Factory is proud to be a member of this organization.