In honor of the passing of LILLIAN BARBASH, Long Island’s First Lady of the Arts, her grandson Eddie livestreamed a performance of Bach’s A Musical Offering with pianist Evan Shinners on July 7.
They played on the deck of her home in Dunewood, Fire Island. You can CLICK HERE to see the performance.
Lillian founded and led the Islip Arts Council for 31 years, building it into a world-class presenter of classical music. Tens of thousands attended her free NY Philharmonic park concert every summer. Born and raised in the Bronx, she married her high school sweetheart, Maurice Barbash in 1947. The two were inseparable until his death in 2013. Together they co-founded the Long Island Philharmonic, commissioned pieces for Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, and created the Bay Shore Schools Arts Education Fund. Lillian loved opera and chamber music best, and loved sharing her loves with others.
The Long Island Tourism and Convention Commission has cited the outstanding programs that 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.''
Although we primarily serve Brightwaters, Islandia, Ocean Beach, Saltaire, Bay Shore, Bayport, Baywood, Bohemia, Brentwood, Central Islip, East Islip, Great River, Islip, Islip Terrace, North Bay Shore, North Great River, Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, West Bay Shore, West Islip, West Sayville, Holbrook, Holtsville and Hauppauge, our programs and events are open to all Long Islanders.
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 as an advisory body to the Town Board on cultural matters. In 1976, Lillian Barbash was named chairperson and the Islip Arts Council was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. Mrs. Barbash is also the woman who first brought the NY Philharmonic to Heckscher State Park more than thirty-five years ago.
CLICK HERE to become a member of the Islip Arts Council.
The Islip Arts Council welcomes enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about the arts. Volunteers will collaborate with staff at historic Brookwood Hall. They will enjoy the opportunity to represent the Council at concerts and fairs, and also assist with many important programs.
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.
Islip Arts Council volunteers can accumulate hours to earn a complimentary class at the School of Cultural Arts. Individuals can strive to culturally enrich both the community and their personal artistic experience. Please call 631-224-5420 to express interest.
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 and classes take place at Brookwood Hall. Members of the Islip Arts Council and Islip Art Museum are entitled to a 10% discount on classes.
WANT TO TEACH WHAT YOU KNOW? We are accepting Class Proposals now. CLICK HERE to email Lynda with your ideas.
From art exhibitions and historic house tours, to cultural arts classes of all kinds and a free concert series, Islip Arts Council offers programs designed to be enjoyed by patrons of all ages and interests. The Teeny Awards, the Annual Free Philharmonic Concert in the Park, outdoor fairs – Islip Arts Council brings culture to the community in so many different ways.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON ARTS COUNCIL PROGRAMS & EVENTS.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE CONCERT SCHEDULE.
CLICK HERE FOR SCHOOL OF CULTURAL ARTS CLASSES.
CLICK HERE FOR THE ART IN THE HALL EXHIBITION SCHEDULE.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON THE ANNUAL FREE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT IN THE PARK.
CLICK HERE FOR THE TEENY AWARDS REIMAGINED 2020.
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.
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The Islip Arts Council offers captivating programs for all ages and makes them available to all Long Islanders. Discover the Annual Free Philharmonic Concert in the Park, gallery exhibitions, arts-in-education programs, year-round free concert series, Jazz Fest, tours, workshops, fairs and classes at the School of Cultural Arts.
Become a member today and your 100% tax-deductible donation will help the Islip Arts Council to continue the important work of bringing the arts to our beautiful South Shore home. It has never been more important to support the arts on Long Island than it is today. Won't you join us?
THE BENEFITS OF AN INDIVIDUAL 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 TO CHOOSE YOUR INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP LEVEL
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of March 14, 2020 the Town of Islip has directed the Islip Arts Council to cancel all events, classes, tours and public admittance to the Islip Art Museum until further notice.
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.''
The Museum presents a number of exhibitions each 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.
Suggested Donation $5.
Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12noon to 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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."
"It is imperative that we keep the arts at the forefront of our children’s education and make it an integral part of our community."
"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."
Islip Arts Council
Tuesday through Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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.