YOU'RE INVITED TO THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Be sure to reserve your seats at the Islip Arts Council Then and Now 40th Anniversary Gala which will honor both our Founding Director Lillian Barbash and our current Executive Director Lynda Moran. Please join us for an elegant evening in the newly restored Main Ballroom at Historic Brookwood Hall. Save the date – Thursday, October 13, 2016!
CLICK HERE to find out more about the Gala.
CLICK HERE to learn how Lillian Barbash first brought the NY Philharmonic to Heckscher Park thirty-five years ago. Also see the ART OF THE CONCERT - publicity posters through the years.
The Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts. We present, produce, and promote culturally responsive, high quality programs in varied artistic disciplines for our diverse population. 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 with 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 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 organization. Incorporation status made it possible for the Arts Council to apply for county, state, and federal grants.
The Long Island Tourism and Convention Commission has cited the outstanding programs which the Islip Arts Council brings to the community as being ''most beneficial to the quality of life of all residents in the Town of Islip and surrounding communities.''
CLICK HERE to become a member of the Islip Arts Council.
The Islip Arts Council welcomes enthusiatic individuals who love the arts. Help support the arts in our town while meeting new people and having some fun, too. Volunteers will work with staff and other volunteers in historic Brookwood Hall at the Islip Art Museum. You’ll have the opportunity to work at concerts and fairs, on and/or off site, and assist with many programs.
Earn a Free Class. Accumulated volunteer hours earn a complimentary class at the School of Cultural Arts. Please call 631-224-5420 to express your interest.
It's our annual weekend festival featuring Jazz music for all ages with a mix of old favorites, swing-time, new works, and much more. Two days of fantastic music at Brookwood Hall.CLICK HERE for Jazz Fest details.
This year, thousands came to Heckscher Park for the concert to ''Honor Our Hometown Heroes,'' conducted by David Stewart Wiley.
The concert also featured a fabulous fireworks display by the world-famous Grucci family, and special guest vocalist Christina Chirumbolo.
In addition, the crowd was treated to the premiere performance of a brand new piece by local composer Reynard Burns. Mr. Burns created the work in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, some of whom were in attendance at the concert.
CLICK HERE for more about the 2016 Annual Free Concert in the Park.
CLICK HERE for more about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Islip Arts Council presents over 20 free concerts annually that feature professional musicians and local favorites of the highest caliber. The venues include Bayard Cutting Arboretum, the Bay Shore Band Shell, and Brookwood Hall.CLICK HERE for the schedule.
Discover The Hidden History of Islip Tours.
Join us for an exclusive trip to Fischer Art Glass Collection in Head of the Harbor, NY.
What's in the in the Brookwood Hall Exhibition Room this month?
Do not miss our "Then & Now" Anniversary Gala celebrating 40 years of the Islip Arts Council.
The Islip Arts Council through its School of Cultural Arts offers fine art, music, yoga and meditation classes for adults and children. All classes are taught by professionals in their fields. Classes take place at Brookwood Hall in the Museum School Classroom. Members of the Islip Arts Council and Islip Art Museum are entitled to a 10% discount on classes.CLICK HERE to see class offerings.
The Council maintains a busy exhibition schedule outside of the Islip Art Museum. This includes two year-round, multi-artist projects, Art In The Hall at Islip Town Hall, and Art in the Airport at the Long Island MacArthur Airport.
The Local Color Photography Show takes place in the Spring at Seatuck’s beautiful Scully Estate, while this Fall will bring our 33rd Annual Juried Art Show which is open to sculpture, painting, watercolor, printmaking, drawing and photography.
This year's ceremony took place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale.CLICK HERE to see 2016 Results!
Islip Arts Council sponsors many important community events throughout the year.CLICK HERE for the Listing.
The Islip Arts Council's NEW online Registry of Artists offers the professional art community a way to reach a wider audience, while providing the general public with access to explore a diverse group of emerging contemporary artists. Membership is open to artists at a nominal fee. Contact the Arts Council at 631 224-5420 for further information.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE REGISTRY OF ARTISTS.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT OUR REGISTRY ARTISTS.
CLICK HERE FOR ARTIST CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES.
From art exhibitions and the Teeny Awards to cultural arts classes of all kinds and a free concert series, Islip Arts Council offers a myriad of programs that are designed to be enjoyed by patrons of all ages.
CLICK HERE FOR JAZZ FEST 2016.
CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL OF CULTURAL ARTS CLASSES.
CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT ART IN THE HALL AND ART IN THE AIRPORT EXHIBITIONS.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORMS FOR CURRENT ART EXHIBITIONS.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.
CLICK HERE FOR THE TEENY AWARDS.
Historic house tours, outdoor fairs, the Annual Free Philharmonic Concert in the Park – Islip Arts Council brings culture to the community in so many different ways.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON ARTS COUNCIL EVENTS.
CLICK HERE FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON THE ANNUAL FREE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT IN THE PARK.
THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP:
• Special Members Only Discounted Pricing
• Discounts on purchases in the Museum Store (according to donor level)
• Discounts on lectures, workshops, teas, and luncheons
• Advance notice & invitations to openings, art exhibitions, workshops & historical exhibits
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF OUR GENEROUS DONORS.
The Islip Art Museum is a division of the Town of Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and is managed by the Islip Arts Council. It is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island. The New York Times recently cited the Museum as the ''best facility of its kind outside Manhattan.'' It presents four exhibitions a year in the galleries of the Brookwood Hall mansion, a landmark estate on Long Island's south shore. Exhibitions are organized to reflect issues and
concerns in the current art world.
The museum is open Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12noon to 4pm. Suggested Donation $5.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ISLIP ART MUSEUM WEBSITE.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE LINKS.
Tell your town supervisor and county legislator how important it is to you and your family that cultural programs continue in the Town of Islip. Let your state senator know how the arts have enhanced the quality of your own life in our town. Below is a contact list of all elected officials in IAC’s jurisdiction.
"My vision is for Brookwood Hall to be the center for all the arts in Islip."
"From man’s earliest beginnings, the Arts have served to fulfill the aesthetic sense of men, women and children. The Islip Arts Council strives to fulfill its mission of bringing the Arts to the people of the Town of Islip, so that all citizens can experience the joy of expression and the sharing of the Human condition."
"As an art educator, I witness the positive impact engaging in the arts can have on an individual. The IAC engages our community in the positive power of the arts. Art Matters."
Cultural Arts Classes
Islip Arts Council
Tuesday through Friday 10am – 4pm
Islip Art Museum
Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 4pm
The Museum Gift Shop
Tuesday through Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Located at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730
The Islip Arts Council cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy of all information on this website, nor the complete absence of errors and omissions, and assumes no responsibility or liability. All programs and events are subject to change.