Ten local arts and cultural organizations have been awarded a cumulative $467,000 in state funding through the New York State Council on the Arts. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. made the announcement on December 20, 2021, and the funding will enable the groups to operate more sustainably and enhance performance and art spaces throughout the 1st Assembly District.
“Art and culture are at the heart of our regional heritage and is a true engine of economic activity,” Thiele said in a statement. “Thanks to critical funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the regional talent that draws thousands of visitors to our towns and villages each year will have the optimal financial support that will allow it to flourish. I look forward to seeing its resounding impact on stage in the near future and want to offer my sincere congratulations to the grantees.”
The awardees are: Bay Street Theater Festival ($69,500); Friends of the Cultural Center ($20,000); Guild Hall ($40,000); Hamptons International Film Festival ($49,500); Montauk Chamber Music Society ($35,0000: Parrish Art Museum ($59,500); Research Foundation for SUNY Stony Brook ($25,000); Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center ($49,500); Southampton Arts Center ($49,500); and Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center ($69,500).