Parrish Art Museum Requests Annual Funding, With Meeting for Voters First

The Parrish Art Musuem

On Saturday morning, Chris Siefert, deputy director of the Parrish Art Museum, will answer questions about the upcoming vote to approve annual funding for the Water Mill museum, used to support public programs, exhibitions, educational outreach and other services to the community.

The vote — to be held Saturday, June 1 — is open to qualified voters in the Southampton School District.

“We are extremely thankful for all of the support the community provides for the Parrish,” Siefert said. “We rely on our partnerships to continue to offer a wide-ranging slate of exhibitions, public programs, and educational workshops. And we are committed to being an important place in the lives of Southampton residents.”

For the 2019-2020 school year, the museum requests $367,278 for exhibition and program expenses — raised by a tax levy on the taxable real property within the Southampton Union Free School District’s boundaries.

“District voters have approved funding for the museum since the 1970s,” a press release said, “and each year the services provided by the museum increase.”

Funds approved by the vote help to support the museum’s offerings and outreach efforts, which include collaborating with local teachers to create on- and off-site programs; offering free daily admission to students and children under age 18, and reduced admission to seniors; providing art classes, workshops and tours for children, teens and families; producing more than 100 public programs each year, including music, talks and film; and presenting masterworks from the museum’s collection, as well as five changing exhibitions each year.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Admission is free for those attending, and will include a visit to the galleries, café and shop before or after the program.

Residents of the Tuckahoe and Southampton school districts are encouraged to sign up for the Resident Members program, which provides free admission to the museum and many of its year-round programs.

For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit