FEB 2022 / Youth Empowerment Project


On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, the Islip Arts Council hosted a reception at the IAC Gallery for seventh grade art students from Candido Crespo’s class at Ralph G. Reed Middle School in Central Islip. IAC received coverage in the Islip Bulletin.

The Youth Empowerment Art Project, which is sponsored by the Central Islip Civic Council along with the Islip Arts Council, is partially funded by the Suffolk County Youth Bureau Omnibus Grant. The project encourages students to create a painting that represents themselves along with a poem featuring “I am” statements to go along with their artwork. The program began in 2017 as a way for students to express themselves in positive ways.

Read the story here.



Founded in 1974, the Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts. Our goal is to present, produce, and promote culturally responsive, high quality programs in varied artistic disciplines for our diverse Long Island community.


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