March 2018

Woody has extensive understanding and appreciation for the role arts and cultural services play in a community. ​​​​​​​

Dear Art League Family,

This month I would like to talk about some of the value-added benefits and impact the Art League brings to you and the communities we serve. The Art League strives to bring exceptional services, programs and cultural experiences to all. Its offerings are many;  fine art classes for all ages and abilities, pre-college portfolio prep for high school students, community events and fine art exhibitions, summer art adventure programs for children and teens, art history lectures, special needs programs, live performances and more. All of these programs and events attract over 25,000 plus visitors each year.

The Art League’s services, programs and cultural experiences contribute significantly to the economic well-being of Long Island. We have a professional faculty staff of over 70 teaching artists during peak periods. Art teachers tell us that the Art League is their employer of choice. Our programs and events generate a great deal of event-related spending that benefit other businesses, attract business and community leaders, new residents and enhance the quality and beauty of our towns, villages and neighborhoods. The contributions the Art League returns to you can be measured in prosperity, employment and overall quality of life. If you haven’t given thought to how art as an industry contributes to the economy, here’s some information that may surprise you.

New data released on March 6, 2018 by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reported that the arts contributed $763.6 billion to the U.S. Economy, more than agriculture, transportation or warehousing. In the U.S. the arts generate $370 billion in income and employs 4.9 million workers across the country. In New York alone, the industry contributed $114.1billion to the economy or 7.8% share of the total U.S. contribution.

Besides the abundant contribution to the economy, the Art League is a place where people gather, study art for enjoyment or very seriously, develop new friendships, share creativity and inspire each other. When you invest in the Art League by making a donation, taking a class, volunteering, attending an event, visiting the gallery or becoming a sponsor or business partner, you are in turn investing in yourself, your family and the communities where we live, work and play.

Thank you again for your support!

Warmest regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island