Islip Arts Council Mission Statement
The Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts by presenting, producing, and promoting culturally responsive, high quality programs for diverse populations in varied artistic disciplines. Our goal is to facilitate these programs in response to the needs of the Long island community.
The Islip Arts Council was created in 1974 by a resolution passed by the Islip Town Board. The purpose of the Council was to act as an advisory body to the Town Board on cultural matters. All members of the Arts Council were appointed by the Town, and all – including the chairman – were volunteers. In 1976, Lillian Barbash was named chairperson, and the Islip Arts Council was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Arts Council. The incorporation status made it possible for the Arts Council to apply for county, state, and federal grants. With these funds and continued support of town government, the Arts Council expanded an existing series of free concerts to over 70 free programs annually in 2011.
In 1986, the Long Island Tourism & Convention Commission cited the outstanding programs which the Islip Arts Council has brought to the community as being "most beneficial to the quality of life of all residents in the Town of Islip and surrounding communities. … from fine classical music to young persons' programs to avant garde "performance art". The Council services enable existing and emerging Arts Organizations to gain information and assistance from the Arts Council library and staff in applying for not-for-profit status, funding, computer services, publicity, mailing lists, etc. The Arts Council website publicizes the activities of the various Arts Organizations around the Island.
Annual Free Concert in the Park –
RECOVERY THROUGH THE ARTS – PLAY IT FORWARD
The most important cultural event in Suffolk County., this annual free concert is funded with contributions and grants from the county, state, private, and public sources and features a fireworks display by the world-famous Grucci family.
In 2013 the IAC will present the CONCERT ON July 13, at 8 PM. More info>>
Islip Arts Council presents over 70 free concerts annually January thru March, June thru August and feature professional musicians as well as local favorites of the highest caliber. The venues include: Bayard Cutting Arboretum; a Brown Bag Lunch Series sponsored by Bay Shore BID and held at the Bay Shore Band Shell every Tuesday in July and August. From June to September, the Islip Arts Council presents a Free Concerts Series co-sponsored by the Town of Islip at the Sayville Common Ground and other town parks as well as marinas and golf courses. Other venues such as Brentwood Library and Dowling College serve to feature OperAlive, local artists, big bands, swing time, and jazz.
Teeny Awards May 16, 2013 at 6 pm at CMPerforming Arts Center
The Teeny Awards is a student arts recognition program of the Islip Arts Council that is patterned after the Tony Awards. Islip Arts Council hosted the Teeny Awards for the first time in May 2009 and looks forward to continue hosting this program forever. The mission of the Teeny Awards is to recognize and celebrate the talented theatre students in Islip Township, encourage them to pursue their dreams, and to stimulate local interest while developing an understanding of the value of theatre education in a well-rounded school curriculum. The Teeny Awards reflect a commitment by the Islip Arts Council to recognize high school theatre as an opportunity for young people to prepare themselves for the world beyond school walls. More info>>
This three-day festival of Jazz performances features music for all ages including Jazz favorites, swing-time, new works, and much more at the East Islip Public Library and other locations in the Town of Islip.
New: Emerging Artists program; Global Music
Islip Arts Council School of Cultural Arts
The Islip Arts Council through its School of Cultural Arts offers fine art, music, and theatre classes for adults and children. All classes are taught by professionals in their fields. Members of the Islip Arts Council and Islip Art Museum are entitled to a 10% discount on classes.
Fine art classes in a variety of disciplines are offered for children and adults. Classes take place in Brookwood Hall in the Museum School Classroom. Music and other theater classes are held at 401 Main St. in Islip.
Mail-in, In Person or Phone-In.
You do not have to be a Town of Islip resident.
Call 224-5420 or 224-5402 for information.
Islip Art Museum
The Museum is a division of the Town of Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and is managed by the Islip Arts Council,
ID no. 501 c3 is 11-254 8822.
The Museum also has lectures, fine art classes (as part of the Islip Arts Council School of Cultural Arts) for adults and children, and workshops for all ages. The Museum Store features one-of-kind craft items, art work, gifts and fine jewelry.
Through its unique Open Call program, the Museum invites all artists to submit a work for an independent curator to consider for inclusion in an annual theme show. This annual event is a showcase for new talent in the tri-state area.
The Museum maintains a Permanent Collection of works by leading contemporary artists, focusing on those with ties to Long Island. Changing exhibits are presented in the Permanent Collection Gallery and new in 2013 at Long Island MacArthur Airport.