Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) is an alliance of and for the region’s not-for-profit arts, cultural and arts education organizations. LIAA promotes awareness of and participation in Long Island’s world-class arts and cultural institutions. Formed in 2003, LIAA offers leadership and 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
Chair: Dr. Marian Conway, Executive Director, New York Community Bank Foundation
Vice Chair: Dale Lewis, Founder, Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community 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; Beth E. Levinthal, Hofstra University Museum (Ret.); Maggie Martinez Malito, Executive Director, Nassau County Youth Services (Ret.); John Racanelli, Partner, Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Napoleon Revels-Bey, Founder, Nassau Performing Arts; Laura Savini, Owner, Untamed Hair Productions
Lauren Wagner is the Executive Director of the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), a non-profit arts organization servicing the creative sector island-wide. With 16 years of administrative, development, marketing, programmatic, and sales experience in both for-profit and non-profit arts organizations, she brings a diverse set of skills and perspectives to her position with LIAA in order to support a culture where artists and arts organizations can thrive on Long Island. Her passion for the arts, in its many forms, stems from her appreciation and respect for those who create, as well as the fundamental belief that the arts are essential to community and connection. She uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to advocate for the arts and support the work of the Island’s world-class arts institutions, creatives, arts educators, and cultural spaces.
Lauren holds a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Administration from Wagner College in 2006. She currently lives in Patchogue, NY and is inspired daily by her husband and 2-year old son.