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 Council was an advisory board to the Town Board on cultural matters, and all members of the Arts Council were appointed by the Town.
In 1976, Lillian Barbash was named chairperson and the Islip Arts Council was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. This status made it possible for the Arts Council to apply for county, state, and federal grants. Mrs. Barbash is also the woman who first brought the NY Philharmonic to Heckscher State Park over thirty-five years ago.
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 are passionate about the arts. Volunteers will collaborate with staff at historic Brookwood Hall, and enjoy the opportunity to represent the Council at concerts and fairs, and assist with many important 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.
Islip Arts Council presents over 25 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.
The 2017 Annual Free Philharmonic Concert in the Park is scheduled for July 15.
Islip Arts Council co-sponsors important community events throughout the year and lends support to many others.CLICK HERE for the Listing
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.CLICK HERE » Exhibitions Currently on View
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 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 ART EXHIBITIONS.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE WINTER CONCERT SERIES.
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 Islip Arts Council's 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.
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 OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST.
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.