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The Long Island Arts Education Coalition (LIAEC), an initiative of Long Island Arts Alliance, is a network of individuals from Nassau and Suffolk Counties dedicated to advancing arts education on Long Island and in New York State. Chaired by Regent Roger Tilles, this appointed network of arts administrators, arts educators, college and university leaders, and state agency representatives will aim to build capacity within and across the arts education field, as well as advance policy change in ways that benefit all youth on Long Island.

The LIAEC has been established to join the growing number of regional and statewide coalitions designed to ensure that our legislators and Governor are aware of the essential need for every school to provide opportunities for kids to express themselves through study in the arts. It will focus on building and strengthening partnerships and collaborations between schools and arts and culture programs led by local arts organizations and artists.

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press release | March 14, 2023

Regent Roger Tilles and Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) Announce the Formation of the Long Island Arts Education Coalition to Build Capacity and Support Across the Arts Education Field

Coalition Members

Hon. Roger Tilles, NYS Board of Regents

Dale Lewis, Founder, Arts Reach Fund at LICF; Vice Chair, LI Arts Alliance

Lauren Wagner, Long Island Arts Alliance


Karen Albert, Hofstra University Museum of Art

Abby Behr, Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts

Maurice Brandon Curry, The Eglevsky Ballet

Lauren Brandt Schloss, Usdan

Maria Loreta Celitan, Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company

Loretta Corbisiero-Drakos, ES BOCES & Iona University

Erika Floreska, Long Island Children's Museum

Dr. John J. Gallagher, Longwood Central School District

Beth Giacummo, Patchogue Arts Council / Farmingdale State College / Iona University

Regina Gil, Gold Coast Arts Center

Kieran Johnson, Huntington Arts Council

Laura Lynch, Nassau County Museum of Art

Thomas Manuel, The Jazz Loft, Inc

Joseph Owens, Manhasset Public Schools / Nassau Music Educators / Nassau Council of Music Administrators

Ruthie Pincus, Stage the Change, Inc

Susan Poser, Hofstra University

Joanne Spencer, Nassau BOCES

Steven Schopp, NYS School Music Assoc. (NYSSMA) / Ithaca College

Stephanie Turner, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

Susan Weber, Nassau Music Educators Association / Molloy University / Adelphi University