Come and immerse yourself in this artistic and historic experience. On February 15 – March 11, IAC will present a black box theater project titled FLIGHT: THE IMMERSION PROJECT at the South Shore Mall. The immersive experience, designed for 2023 Black History Month will include the history of flight and the bravery of the Tuskegee Airmen (TAI) & MLK through images, videos and voices of narration, clips from interviews with some of the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as participation by other black leaders. The story of African Americans and their historic journey has helped strengthen the American Story.

We would like to thank the contributing artists to FLIGHT: THE IMMERSION PROJECT who passionately embraced the project, Reynard Burns, Composer & Historian; Waldo Cabrera, Videographer; Sean Fitzthum, Photographer; Rico Ford, Visual Artist; Andrea M. Gordon, Photographer; Larissa Judd, Visual Artist; Missy Longo-Lewis, Visual Artist & Educator; Chuck Moses, Producer & Director; Belinda Rubino, Graphic Artist & Photographer; Mark Strodl, Visual Artist & Photographer; and, Nancy Walsh, Visual Artist & Educator.

Click here to see photos and video from February 15 Opening Reception



BLACK CREATIVITY: Selected Works by Black Artists

At the IAC Gallery, South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, NY
OPENING RECEPTION Feb 15, 2023 / 6-8pm
Show open Feb 14 - Mar 10, 2023

Click here to see photos and video from February 15 Opening Reception

In recognition of Black History Month, artwork from Black Artists will be featured in the BLACK CREATIVITY Exhibition in the Gallery, with support from ITB NAACP and Black Long Island.

Meet our Featured Artist Yvonne Lamar-Rogers, mixed media artist, at the opening reception on Wednesday, February 15, 6-8pm.



Black History Month Winter Concerts
at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

In the Carriage House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
440 Montauk Hwy, Great River, NY 11739

All concerts are FREE; a $5 suggested donation is welcome.

FEBRUARY 12, 2023 - "Culture Sounds: African American Music in Song"
West Islip Symphony Orchestra

Concert starts at 1 PM
Doors Open & Sign-In at 12:15 PM
All attendees must be signed in prior to seating.
Seating is first come, first served.
Doors open for full seating at 12:45 PM

Join the West Islip Symphony Orchestra as they begin a month-long celebration of the achievements of Black composers and writers throughout the history of music. "Culture Sounds" will feature several members and friends of the orchestra in performances that span from classical to ragtime, pop, and even doo-wop music.

PAUL LITTLE serves as the assistant conductor of the Island Symphony, and is the current Music Director and conductor of the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2018, after appearing as a guest conductor of the West Islip Symphony, since 2013.

A conducting student of Timothy Topolewski, Mr. Little graduated from the Crane School of Music in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in music education. He received a Master's Degree in Music Technology from Five Towns College in 2007. In addition to his studies with Dr. Topolewski, Mr. Little's activities at Crane were varied and diverse - as a violinist studying under Joan Harea, he was one of the original members of El Norte Tropicale, the school's Latin Jazz ensemble. Mr. Little also performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Goodwill Games Opening Ceremonies and with the Crane Handbell Choir at Crane Christmas Convocations. In his career, he has performed alongside electric violinist Mark Wood, as well as with such acts as Joe Piscopo, Linda Eder, Bruce Hornsby, and Edwin McCain.

Mr. Little is the recipient of the 2015 Town of Islip Black History Distinguished Service Award. He is currently a private teacher of violin, viola, and cello, which he has done for over 15 years. He previously taught orchestra and music theory in the North Babylon and Valley Stream Central School Districts. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the West Islip Symphony and Island Symphony, and is the current President of the Northport Symphony Orchestra

FEBRUARY 19 -"Portrait of a People"
Daryl Jordan - Soprano, with Daniel Ragone - Pianist
Soprano Daryl Jordan, accompanied by Daniel Ragone on piano, will present a sensational tribute called "Portrait of People."

Concert starts at 2 PM
Doors Open & Sign-In at 1:15 PM
All attendees must be signed in prior to seating.
Seating is first come, first served.
Doors open for full seating at 1:45 PM

DARYL JORDAN - Miss Jordan’s many solo performances include concerts with the Long Island Philharmonic at the Tilles Center of the Brahms Requiem, and the premier of Ray Shattenkirk's, The Flower Kissers. Early solo appearances include Radio City Music Hall and the Saratoga Spa Music Theater. She has sung numerous solo recitals at universities and other venues throughout the Northeast, Washington, DC, and Long Island, where she resides. Following the performance of this recital at the famed New York State’s Chautauqua Institution’s Summer Festival a “Daryl Jordan” scholarship was awarded to a college voice student who showed outstanding ability in both music and drama. Miss Jordan is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and received a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

DANIEL RAGONE, vocal coach and pianist, is a native of Philadelphia where he began his piano studies at the age of seven. He received his formal education at Penn State University and the University of Illinois, where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying. For years a mainstay of the New York City vocal scene and one of its most highly regarded coaches. Daniel collaborated with many artists from the Met and New York City Opera. Among Mr. Ragone's past affiliations are the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition for Singers, the Rome Opera Festival and The Center for Contemporary Opera. He was responsible for the musical preparation of the world premiere of Stephen Paulus' Hester Prynne at Death at the 92nd Street Y. In 2007 Daniel relocated to Port Jefferson, Long Island where he maintains a thriving vocal studio with a waiting list. He has given performances and guest master classes at Hofstra University, SUNY Stony Brook, Suffolk County Community College, St. Joseph's College, Turtle Bay Music School and Trinity College Vermont. Mr. Ragone is the music director of the ensemble, Divalicious!, a trio of 3 singers who perform scenes from opera and musical theatre at venues all over Long Island. In 2018 Daniel Ragone appeared on the cable TV show "Italian America Long Island" for an interview to discuss his life's work and Italian heritage.



Author Saturdays

A Monthly Series of Special Book Talks and Presentations from the Long Island Authors Group
at IAC Gallery, South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, NY