With its very close proximity to New York City, one of the world’s most prominent arts locations, it is no surprise that Long Island is thriving with a multitude of its own artistic wonders and artists. October 2012 marks the debut of an annual month long celebration recognizing the arts and culture that are alive on Long Island.
Long Island has its own world class arts and culture that Arts Alive LI uses venues island wide to showcase.
“Arts Alive LI, presented by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and Bethpage Federal Credit Union with additional support from Long Island Community Foundation, will celebrate existing arts and culture events, as well as newly developed events, scheduled to occur during the National Arts and Humanities month of October and share them on the newly designed ArtsAliveLI.org website.”
Arts Alive LI presents absolutely something for everyone.
With outstanding performances from artists and performers who call Long Island home, and communities celebrating with street festivals, art truly will come alive in the month of October. From the twin forks of Suffolk County to western Nassau County, Arts Alive LI will be continuously celebrating the arts with a slew of events to choose from. Patti LuPone, Jane Monheit, Emerson String Quartet and Blue Öyster Cult are just some who will be performing their talents. The art of Jackson Pollock is to be celebrated. “Regional arts councils are collaborating to create an entire month of programs, tours and events.”
This event welcomes people to come to Long Island to see the immense talent and abilities that are consistently on view.
Many prominent figures have come together to make Arts Alive LI a reality as a way to create a bridge for which the community, visitors and artists will come together to learn and appreciate what Long Island offers.
In a press conference introducing Arts Alive LI Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano spoke of the importance to promote the arts in order to bring visitors to Long Island in recognition of its artistic offerings. He also spoke of how Long Island has grown into incorporating the world of film with two private film studios and nine sound stages. He encourages all to visit a site to watch as the filming takes place. The studios have brought new talent and job opportunities to Long Island.
Arts Alive is born from a joint venture involving the Long Island Arts Alliance, the Long Island Association, Bethpage Federal Credit Union and WLIW & NJTV.
Executive Director of the Long Island Arts Alliance, Theresa Statz-Smith efforts have come from a labor of love for the arts stating “I truly believe that thousands will discover, as they journey to exhibition spaces, museums, theaters, historic venues, festivals and other gathering places, why Long Island is one of the strongest cultural destinations in the country.”
Chairman of the Board of the Long Island Arts Alliance, John (Jack) R. Bransfield Jr., holds Bethpage Federal Credit Union in high regards, the major sponsor for Arts Alive LI, stating that they are a true “role model for corporate support” to follow.
President & CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Kirk Kordeleski, speaks of Arts Alive LI as “good business sense”. The event is about collaborations and It shows how businesses can take advantage of the arts to build the economy.
Kevin S. Law, the President & CEO of the Long Island Association views the arts as being an “economic engine” that brings commerce to education, research institutions, beaches and parks. Kevin Law views that life outside of business in Long Island “goes to the art of our economy” which is why people love to live, work and play on Long Island.
In recognition of the month long celebration as well as the fiftieth anniversary of WNET John Servidio, the General Manager of WLIW & NJTV, promised fun give-away events.
Not only do the arts depend on the community it is important to realize how much the community depends on the arts as well.
Listening to the many involved in Arts Alive LI one can see how much of the community thrives as a direct result to the arts. Supporters of the arts come from all segments of the society and have come together to create Arts Alive Long Island.
Press were treated to a tease of Arts Alive LI as Jerome Bell, of American Idol and Broadways Hairspray fame, sang the Star-Spangled Banner. People can hear his voice sing out during the event.
Following is a small sampling of the October “Signature Series” events:
- The Sag Harbor American Music Festival – September 28 and 29
- Brentwood Cultural Street Festival – September 30
- Hofstra University Museum presents “Political Slant: From the Drawing Board” featuring Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Walt Handelsman – October 2
- Tilles Center for the Performing Arts presents An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin – October 13
- Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts presents An Afternoon with Jane Monheit – October 14
- Stony Brook’s Staller Center presents Emerson String Quartet – October 17
- Landmark on Main Street presents An Acoustic Evening with Blue Öyster Cult – October 27
Be sure to visit artsaliveli.org for a schedule of exciting events and activities.
Kickoff begins this weekend.
The Arts Alive LI kickoff event takes place on Saturday, September 29 with a “day of free music with over 22 acts. Local galleries, restaurants and businesses serve as the free, intimate venues along with outdoor locations, offering a wide variety of performances during the Festival weekend.”
Enjoy a month of amazing artistic adventures to take part of. Get out and about with Arts Alive LI. Join in the fun and never be afraid to dance!
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