Saturday, June 05, 2010

Why Support Local Artists?

Why Support Local Artists?

By Daniela Mays,- eHow Contributing Writer -
ds_1bf32122-bb50-42f2-8a91-4dc2f95489fb Artists not only enrich your community with the beauty of their work, they also help to educate children, encourage tourism and keep local economies growing and thriving. But the arts can't survive without support. Wherever you live, there are many ways you can help keep the arts alive.

    Economic Impact

  1. Your support of local artists helps your local economy. According to Americans for the Arts, a non-profit arts advocacy group, the arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity each year . Non-profit arts organizations not only provide full-time and part-time employment for artists, they employ administrative support staff and marketing and fundraising professionals. They also contribute billions to local and state tax revenues and generate economic activity through the real estate, goods and services needed to produce their creative products. Audiences at arts events help support the local economy by patronizing nearby restaurants and paying for parking and childcare.
  2. Art and Tourism

  3. Your support of local artists can help stimulate tourism and attract tourist dollars. Tourists not only purchase works of art and local crafts, they also spend money on hotels and restaurants, purchase souvenirs, and make use of local businesses like hair salons and laundromats. A thriving arts scene can also be a big selling point for retirees, people looking for a vacation home and even large corporations seeking business property.
  4. Arts and Education

  5. Your support of local artists provides unique educational opportunities for children in your community. When artists work with local schools, they not only foster children's innate creativity, they help promote literacy and teach valuable problem-solving skills. Involvement in the arts can inspire kids to stay in school, instill a positive work ethic, build self-esteem, promote collaboration and foster an appreciation for cultural differences.
  6. Giving Back

  7. By helping to support the arts where you live, you'll give your community all the economic and social benefits of a vibrant arts scene. You can help support local artists by attending arts events and purchasing artwork at local galleries. Arts groups usually receive a large portion of their income from government and corporate grants, and from individual donors. Attend an arts fundraiser, and bring your friends. Money you contribute to a non-profit arts groups is usually tax-deductible.
  8. Other Ways to Help

  9. Even if you can't afford a monetary contribution, you can still support local artists by volunteering for a local arts organization. Because budgets are usually tight, arts organizations depend on volunteers to keep their doors open. Volunteers can help with fundraising, marketing and events. Another way to help is by talking to your friends and neighbors, and writing to elected officials to encourage their continued support for the arts.

Friday, June 04, 2010

BREAKING NEWS - The great tradition of fringe comes to Long Island, NY

2010 Long Island Fringe Festival 
Presented by The Artists Group
hosted by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

The Science of Fringematics

Brookville – New York - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in its’ 30th year of presenting the finest in world class entertainment on Long Island, will again open its doors and host the Second Long Island Fringe Festival September 24, 25 & 26, 2010. The Artists Group, a Hicksville based arts organization, has gathered together cutting edge dance, music, theater, performance poetry and visual artistry in a celebration of “The Science of Fringematics”

Evening performances on Tilles mainstage, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will include dance by Dance Visions, Circle of Dance Repertory Company, Just Left of Center Collective and each evening will highlight C.W. Post Dance Faculty and Alumni. The R and B sounds of The Coolfish Band, the pop styling of DoubleSpeak, classic rockin’ Suck it Easy Band and Jessica Semins will charm the audience with music. The art of the word will also be showcased as we present “Poets with Passion” and a dramatic reading of “Sistas on Fire”. Check listing for each evening’s line up.

Saturday and Sunday will present individual daytime performances featuring:“The Letter”, a bittersweet love story, opening our theatrical presentations, which also includes a dramatic reading of “Sistas on Fire” by Marcia McNair and the Post Theater Company’s version of “Romeo and Juliet”. The Long Island International Film Expo will have two screenings per day of selected films from the 2010 Expo. Check listing for daily line ups.

There will be an Opening Reception Friday evening from 5-7pm featuring,“Fringe Underground”, a display of The Art of ZIG and the music of DJ-Pete-EG. Saturday and Sunday from noon ‘til 6pm free activities occur in the Atrium of Tilles Center and will include Hoop Dancing, spoken word, music & a LIVE interactive visual art event with Alli Berman renowned, world wide Puzzle Artist.

Individual tickets for daytime performances are $7.00. Ticket packages are available in many price levels up to the $90 All Access Pass which grants you admission to all performances of the festival.

Tickets go on sale June 4, 2010 at the Tilles Box Office, by phone at TILLESCHARGE 516-299-3100 and online at and

The goal of holding a Long Island, N.Y. Fringe Festival

The importance of a FRINGE FESTIVAL, as opposed to just "any" festival. Fringe has a 60 year history WORLD WIDE. Sure, we have all been involved in festivals before. The idea of a FRINGE is much different. There is lore involved, that conveys a unity of spirit, accomplishment in the face of adversity & pride of place.

Hoping all the folks here on Long Island "get it", because to have an opportunity, like this, come along & ignore it, would be a mistake.

We believe this will is one of the most important things to come along in a VERY long time. If we ALL join together we can make HISTORY.

Don't let this pass you by......