Assemblywoman Nily Rozic Announces State Funding for Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts

The Queens College Auditorium has received $250,000 for tech and equipment upgrades

Rozic: Colden Auditorium is a cultural staple in Queens that deserves state investment

Queens, NY – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D, WF-Fresh Meadows) is announcing an allocation of $250,000 to Queens College’s Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for Arts. The new investment will upgrade the auditorium’s advanced systems, installing new theatrical industry standard equipment with updated lighting, theatrical rigging, video projections, and orchestral as well as choral systems. These much-needed changes will ensure technical and safety demands are being met, serving a more diverse group of performers and audiences. It will also offer artists the opportunity to perform in an improved professional and top-quality venue.

“In supporting our community whenever possible, shaping great minds academically both inside and outside of the classroom, Queens College never wavers in its dedication as a strong community partner,” said Assemblywoman Rozic. “That’s why I am thrilled to provide sustaining sponsorship of the cultural staple that is the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. With this new funding, the Colden Auditorium will continue to serve thousands of people each year, whether fans of an international performer or proud families attending a graduation.”

“We are deeply grateful to Assemblywoman Nily Rozic for the $250,000 she allocated to help renovate Colden Auditorium at Queens College. Many hundreds of thousands of Queens residents and beyond have utilized Colden, the largest such indoor venue in the county. We host concerts, commencements, speakers, theatrical productions, and civic programs, reflecting the rich diversity of the world's borough. The generous support of Assemblymember Rozic will greatly assist in modernizing and maintaining this invaluable community asset.” said Queens College President Frank Wu.

“Colden Auditorium has been an important place for public gatherings since it first opened in the 1960’s. And, today, it is still a place where Queens comes together. Assemblywoman Rozic’s funding will support critical renovations and upgrades to the auditorium’s technical and production capabilities. This will position Colden for ongoing success and relevance for years to come.” said Kupferberg Center for the Arts Director Jon Yanofsky.

The Colden Auditorium is located on the Queens College campus in Flushing and seats 2,100 people. Last year, Rozic attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for Queens College’s new and improved athletic track and field, for which she allocated a $500,000 grant for its renovation.