At the core of the Year of Uncertainty program is a cohort of members, participants, and interlocutors who work together towards creating new possibilities for culture, kinship, and building systems of long-lasting support. 


Six Artists-In-Residence with diverse research-based and socially engaged practices—encompassing discursive and participatory forms as well as object-based work—have been provided with rent-free studios and financial support to work with education and Community Partners and to incubate exhibitions and programs.

Community Partners

Nine Community Partners from across the borough have been provided resources to co-create content and deepen connections between their stakeholders and the Queens Museum. They include organizations tackling gender-justice; collectivity around mental health; environmental justice; youth enrichment; gun violence prevention and intervention; LGBTQ+ activism; and civil rights for TGNB people and sex workers. 


Twelve artists, designers, scientists, writers, architects, and activists have been invited as Co-Thinkers to share their expertise and knowledge. They are mentors and facilitators to Artists-In-Residence, Community Partners, and the Queens Museum staff, helping to shape and extend the work of YoU.

Program Partners

YoU Program Partners represent a group of peer organizations with whom meaningful partnerships or collaborative initiatives have been developed alongside or within the YoU program.

Queens Museum Staff

A subset of the Queens Museum staff that cuts across our Exhibitions, Outreach and Programs, Education, and Communications departments is at the heart of the Year of Uncertainty project, working closely with the YoU cohort. Together with the full staff they are building upon the insights from this project to explore possibilities for long term change in the Museum.


As YoU has evolved, we have extended our networks and conversations to new and old colleagues and friends who share interests and bring valuable expertise to this open-ended dialog through both formal and informal engagements. We’ve invited some of them to record their perspectives here.

Design & Development


The Year of Uncertainty artist residencies and community partnerships are made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Lambent Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation.

Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.