Long Island Kicks Off Month-long Celebration of the Arts

Audrey Zhang, 11, 2014 Arts Alive Long Island poster contest winner and Island Trees Middle School art teacher Karen McNally.
Audrey Zhang, 11, 2014 Arts Alive Long Island poster contest winner and Island Trees Middle School art teacher Karen McNally.

Prepare for the third installment of Arts Alive Long Island, a month-long celebration of the arts, which this year will feature over 100 cultural events taking place across 40 different venues across Long Island.

From Sept. 27-Oct. 31, there will be music, acting, exhibitions, festivals across several different communities.  To kick things off, Museum Row in Garden City will play host to a free Family Arts Festival, on Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, an arts parade at 1 p.m., food trucks, a performance stage, “ARTivities” and raffles for trips and an ARTventre package for kids.

Among the many exhibits, the Long Island Children’s Museum will also play host to the 2014 Arts Alive LI Commemorative Poster Series featuring the 10 contest-winning posters, including grand prize winner Audrey Zhang of Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown.

Zhang, 11, received national recognition taking the grand prize in the Doodle 4 Google contest with her entry, “Back to Mother Nature,” which was selected among over 100,000 entries, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners and 5 national group winners. And on June 9, her artwork hit computer screens across nation when her animated doodle took over Google’s main page. 

For the poster competition, contestants were posed with the question “what place on Long Island inspires the artist in you?” And among 170 submissions judges including artists, museum curators and art educators selected Zhang’s for it creative and colorful design. Soon-to-be on display, Zhang’s winning submission is not quite a self-portrait, but is a lively snapshot of herself at her most artistic, painting at her favorite spot along the water while people are singing and swaying to the music.

“This year’s celebration is going to be our largest and best yet,” said Executive Director Long Island Arts Alliance Theresa Statz-Smith. “With more venues participating in Arts month, Long Islanders, visitors and tourists are invited to discover world class arts and culture in our beautiful island setting of beaches, vineyards and vibrant communities with their families, friends and neighbors.”

Some additional highlights of the upcoming Arts Alive LI 2014 lineup include:

Sept. 30 — Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City — “Birdmen” Lecture and Book Signing

Oct. 3 — Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City —Native Voices: New England Tribal Families Traveling Exhibit — opens October 3rd

Oct. 4 — Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville Center — La Traviata Opera

Oct. 5 — Cinema Arts, Huntington — Gustafer Yellowgold Show for Kids

Oct. 5 — Heckscher Museum, Huntington — Draw Out! Interactive Event for Kids

Oct. 11 — Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington — Jimmy Webb and Jane Monheit Concert

Oct. 11 — Van Nostrand Theatre, Brentwood — Sol Y Sombra Dance Performance

Oct. 12 — Miss Freeport Boat, Freeport — Boating with the Baymen presented by Long Island Traditions, Freeport

Oct. 12 — The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor — Bay Street Theatre Betty Buckley Concert

Oct. 17 — YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore — Rufus Wainwright Concert

Oct. 17-26 — Patchoque Village – PAC MAC 2014 Street Festival

Oct. 19 — SPACE at Westbury — LI Philharmonic Concert

Oct. 26 — Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville — Lang Lang: 101 Pianists Concert

Oct. 18 — Studio 5404 Art Space, Massapequa — Urban Art Gallery Event, “Taking it to the Street”

Oct. 23 — The Paramount, Huntington — The Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s 5th Induction Awards Gala

Oct. 25 — YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore — Lucy Kaplanski & Cheryl Wheeler Concert

Oct. 25 — Staller Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook — Spanish Harlem Orchestra Concert

Oct. 31, Nov 1 and 2, 2014 — Main Street, Riverhead — Edgar Allen Poe Festival

Oct. 31 — Friends of the Sands Point Reserve, Sands Point — Author Luncheon with Thomas Maier celebrating the publication of “When Lions Roar: The Churchills & The Kennedys”

For a complete listing of all Arts Alive LI events, venue and performer information, as well as prize coupons and discounts, visit www.artsaliveli.org to download a free, commemorative “Passport to the Arts.”

 

 

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Audrey Zhang, 11, 2014 Arts Alive Long Island poster contest winner and Island Trees Middle School art teacher Karen McNally.
Audrey Zhang, 11, 2014 Arts Alive Long Island poster contest winner and Island Trees Middle School art teacher Karen McNally.

Prepare for the third installment of Arts Alive Long Island, a month-long celebration of the arts, which this year will feature over 100 cultural events taking place across 40 different venues across Long Island.

From Sept. 27-Oct. 31, there will be music, acting, exhibitions, festivals across several different communities.  To kick things off, Museum Row in Garden City will play host to a free Family Arts Festival, on Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, an arts parade at 1 p.m., food trucks, a performance stage, “ARTivities” and raffles for trips and an ARTventre package for kids.

Among the many exhibits, the Long Island Children’s Museum will also play host to the 2014 Arts Alive LI Commemorative Poster Series featuring the 10 contest-winning posters, including grand prize winner Audrey Zhang of Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown.

Zhang, 11, received national recognition taking the grand prize in the Doodle 4 Google contest with her entry, “Back to Mother Nature,” which was selected among over 100,000 entries, 250 state finalists, 50 state winners and 5 national group winners. And on June 9, her artwork hit computer screens across nation when her animated doodle took over Google’s main page. 

For the poster competition, contestants were posed with the question “what place on Long Island inspires the artist in you?” And among 170 submissions judges including artists, museum curators and art educators selected Zhang’s for it creative and colorful design. Soon-to-be on display, Zhang’s winning submission is not quite a self-portrait, but is a lively snapshot of herself at her most artistic, painting at her favorite spot along the water while people are singing and swaying to the music.

“This year’s celebration is going to be our largest and best yet,” said Executive Director Long Island Arts Alliance Theresa Statz-Smith. “With more venues participating in Arts month, Long Islanders, visitors and tourists are invited to discover world class arts and culture in our beautiful island setting of beaches, vineyards and vibrant communities with their families, friends and neighbors.”

Some additional highlights of the upcoming Arts Alive LI 2014 lineup include:

Sept. 30 — Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City — “Birdmen” Lecture and Book Signing

Oct. 3 — Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City —Native Voices: New England Tribal Families Traveling Exhibit — opens October 3rd

Oct. 4 — Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville Center — La Traviata Opera

Oct. 5 — Cinema Arts, Huntington — Gustafer Yellowgold Show for Kids

Oct. 5 — Heckscher Museum, Huntington — Draw Out! Interactive Event for Kids

Oct. 11 — Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington — Jimmy Webb and Jane Monheit Concert

Oct. 11 — Van Nostrand Theatre, Brentwood — Sol Y Sombra Dance Performance

Oct. 12 — Miss Freeport Boat, Freeport — Boating with the Baymen presented by Long Island Traditions, Freeport

Oct. 12 — The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor — Bay Street Theatre Betty Buckley Concert

Oct. 17 — YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore — Rufus Wainwright Concert

Oct. 17-26 — Patchoque Village – PAC MAC 2014 Street Festival

Oct. 19 — SPACE at Westbury — LI Philharmonic Concert

Oct. 26 — Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Brookville — Lang Lang: 101 Pianists Concert

Oct. 18 — Studio 5404 Art Space, Massapequa — Urban Art Gallery Event, “Taking it to the Street”

Oct. 23 — The Paramount, Huntington — The Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s 5th Induction Awards Gala

Oct. 25 — YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore — Lucy Kaplanski & Cheryl Wheeler Concert

Oct. 25 — Staller Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook — Spanish Harlem Orchestra Concert

Oct. 31, Nov 1 and 2, 2014 — Main Street, Riverhead — Edgar Allen Poe Festival

Oct. 31 — Friends of the Sands Point Reserve, Sands Point — Author Luncheon with Thomas Maier celebrating the publication of “When Lions Roar: The Churchills & The Kennedys”

For a complete listing of all Arts Alive LI events, venue and performer information, as well as prize coupons and discounts, visit www.artsaliveli.org to download a free, commemorative “Passport to the Arts.”

 

 

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