New grant helps Islip Arts Council bring music and art to historic places


The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Islip Arts Council to help keep art and music alive in nearby historic houses.

The grant will support a public program called “Music and Art in Historic Houses,” which helps continue creativity in historic homes and sacred houses of worship in the Town of Islip for 2020.

“This award is viewed as a model for future collaborations between Long Island’s art organizations and our historic stewards,” said Kathryn Curran, executive director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.“Programs such as this one will bring new audiences to historic settings, leading to greater community outreach and engagement. Inclusion of the arts can repurpose a historic setting and bring it new life.”

One goal is to increase foot traffic to the local historic houses.

To do so, the properties will be hosting art exhibitions with open calls for talents artists and musicians to perform, regardless of expertise. Each open call will be curated by a team of members of the Art Advisory Board of the Islip Arts Council Board of Directors.

As part of the grant, the money will be used to award a stipend to the curatorial team, pay musicians who perform during a concert and will enable the Islip Arts Council to purchase needed exhibition materials to be used in the various venues where art showings are not usually the norm.

To learn more about the upcoming art exhibition, visit the arts council’s website.

Top: Courtesy photo of the Islip Arts Council.