Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) is a collaborative platform of the region’s not-for-profit arts, cultural and arts education organizations, promoting awareness of and participation in Long Island’s world-class arts and cultural institutions. Formed in 2003, LIAA offers diverse support services to arts organizations, serves as an advocate for arts education in our schools and collaborates on strategies for economic development and community revitalization.
The seeds for LIAA were planted in 2002 when the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business and civic organization, asked prominent community leaders to examine Long Island’s assets, growth opportunities and challenges. Its Arts and Culture Committee, made up of heads of local arts institutions, found that no measure had yet been taken of the arts’ regional economic impact. As a study was planned, the Committee created an island-wide alliance of not-for-profit arts organizations to actively address the challenges facing the art community. The result was the formation of Long Island Arts Alliance. The study, conducted by noted economist Dr. Pearl Kamer, found that the not-for-profit art community contributes nearly $200 million to Long Island’s economy each year. The LIAA then began a campaign to enhance media coverage of art activities on Long Island. Teaming with public television station WLIW21, the Alliance encouraged the development of a new weekly arts magazine show, Ticket, which aired for more than five years, giving Long Island audiences a weekly program celebrating the best in Long Island arts and culture. LIAA has since developed other programs designed to recognize new talent, support arts education, and boost the visibility of Long Island’s thriving art community.
LIAA Board of Directors and Executive Director
Chair: Dr. Marian Conway, Executive Director, New York Community Bank Foundation
Immediate Past Chair: John R. Bransfield, Jr.
Advisory Board Chair: Roger Tilles, Member, New York State Board of Regents
Board of Directors: Judith Applewhite Chen, Ed.D., LIAA Scholar-Artist Awards Education Committee; Michael Bordengo, Vice President, TD Bank, Diana Cherryholmes, Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs; Beth E. Levinthal, Hofstra University Museum; Dale Lewis, Director, Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation; Sharon Maier-Kennelly, General Manager & Director of Programming Initiatives, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts; Maggie Martinez Malito, Executive Director, Nassau County Youth Services; John Racanelli, Partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Laura Savini, Owner, Untamed Hair Productions
Executive Director: Theresa Statz-Smith