Bay Street a Finalist in the Imagine Awards

Bay Street Theater Facade.

Bay Street Theater has, once again, been named a finalist for the Claire Friedlander Arts & Culture Award as part of the ninth annual Long Island Imagine Awards. The awards were created in 2011 to offer formal acknowledgment to some of Long Island’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. This is Bay Street’s third time as a finalist in this category and the theater won the award three years ago.

This year, the decision was made to convert the live awards gala to a virtual event that will take place on Tuesday, April 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The virtual format will feature an hourlong cocktail event where sponsors and attendees can network prior to the start of the program and again for 30 minutes at the conclusion. Prerecorded sponsor and finalist videos will be integrated with the live announcements of the winners. For more information, visit

Approximately 150 entries were submitted for consideration in five categories for the awards, including Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact, and Arts & Culture. Bay Street Theater is one of four finalists in the Arts & Culture category. Another South Fork finalist in the category is the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton.

Finalists were chosen by members of the awards judging panel, who also selected the winners during final judging. These are kept top secret until the event.

“With over 3,500 nonprofits on Long Island, to be one of the top 20 nonprofits on Long Island is a pretty amazing accomplishment,” said Ken Cerini, founder of the Long Island Imagine Awards. “It means that the organization has been identified as a leader on Long Island, exhibiting impactful and innovative operations. Congratulations to all of the Finalists on their achievement.”