July 2020

Dear Art League Family & Friends,

The Art League of Long Island is the most enviable art center of its kind on Long Island. It is where we go to be inspired, fill up on art and culture and be among friends and artists. I know you have lots of questions and concerns about the Art League’s future. I do too. The Art League has very limited resources and reserves to defend itself against something as catastrophic as the Coronavirus pandemic and a devastating financial crisis. Let me tell you what we’ve been doing to survive so far.

On March 12th, when we were forced to close, we zeroed in on liquidity needs for the next thirty days and for the next three to six months. The financial picture was bleak. We moved from crisis mode to survival mode quickly and took control and responsibility of the situation. Doing nothing was not an option.

The Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) came through quick enough to create a short survival bridge, however, it wouldn’t last long. We retained our legal counsel and financial professionals to work with us to create a restructuring plan that would rearrange and temporarily ease, the Art League’s debt obligations. A good debt restructuring plan can be a win-win if it’s done right and done in time, before going down the slippery slope.

The Art League’s strategic restructuring of debt led us to the fact that the building must be sold if we were to survive. The sale of the building will enable the Art League to have financial security, but a bright future can’t happen without the means to keep the doors open at present. We must remind ourselves, the building is not the Art League, it’s all of you who make up the spirit, character and love for the organization.

The restructuring plan is just part of the survival plan. It is meant to relieve financial pressures, modify repayment schedules, delay legal obligations and most importantly avoid a bankruptcy. Without support from the Art League community we will not survive the challenging months ahead. We are in need of a “life-line”: dollars from donations, sponsorships, class credits and Grants to keep us afloat while the building is on the market.

Over the last two decades the Art League has served over 50,000 students, members, artists, visitors, volunteers, interns and employees with affordable fine art classes, free community events, fine art exhibitions and craft shows, lectures, resident artists programs, scholarships and musical entertainment each year. We’ve worked tirelessly to bring you the best art and cultural experiences right here on Long Island.

Another piece of the survival plan is to be able to reopen in the fall with a soft, phased-in reopening, within the guidelines of the CDC. It is critical to keep the spirit of the Art League alive while the building is on the market. However, reopening is dependent on raising enough funds to cover the costs and recover some of the substantial losses. If we can’t fund the reopening it will be necessary to lock the doors of the Art League until the building is sold.

We need your support now! If everyone who is reading this would make donation within their means, it will make a difference. We’re just over 25% of the $100,000 goal we hope to reach soon. Please support the Art League by donating online today or mail a check to Art League of Long Island, 107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746, or contact

Hoping you are all well and staying safe as we navigate the months ahead. I will keep you informed of updates and developments. Once again, thank you.


Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island

April 2020

From the Director’s Corner – April 17, 2020

Dear Art League Friends and Family, Members,Supporters and Volunteers,

The board and staff of the Art League of Long Island hopes you and yours are well, safe and protected from the harmful spread of Covid-19. For those who developed symptoms, required testing or became ill, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve all learned a lot about how dangerous Covid-19 is and we all have the responsibility of reducing and eliminating the spread of the virus by staying home and keeping a safe distance.

The best source of updated information during these challenging times is to visit the Art League’s website at (right here!). Please enjoy a virtual tour of the “Big Picture” exhibition and upcoming virtual gallery talk on the website. The current Resident Artists’ (2019-2020) team collaborated together to simultaneously work on a 6’ x 18’ mural that is on exhibit in the Strolling Gallery. We’re planning on leaving these exhibits up for all to enjoy when we reopen. However, until further notice, the Art League will remain closed.

Most of the Art League’s office staff that you’ve come to know and love as I do, are out of work. Not-for-profits and businesses on Long Island have laid off staff with uncertainty about who and how many can return in the same capacity. Hours and days will be reduced for businesses to survive and get back on their feet. I have made applications to every Federal and local government agency handling Economic Injury Disaster Loans, I’m speaking with our banks and business partners to manage payments. I have also launched the “Count Me In” Recovery Fund and ask that if it feels right for you to make a donation of any amount now, it is greatly appreciated. It’s easy to make a donation on-line here or you can write a check and mail it to the Art League of Long Island, 107 E. Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills, N.Y. 11746 or you can email me at and give me your telephone number. I will call you back and you can use your credit card to make a donation.

On a happier note, please let us know what you’ve been working on since the Art League had to close temporarily on March 12, 2020. One thing I’ve learned about the Art League’s teaching artists, students and staff, is, art doesn’t stop for them. Day after day enthusiasm, inspiration and a passionate desire to make art fills them up and keeps them going. Let’s see what you’ve been doing by sharing on our Facebook page or tag our Instagram page. I’ll keep you posted. We can do this if we do it together.

Warmest Regards,

Charlee Miller

Executive Director

Art League of Long Island


The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. It’s mission since inception is to enhance Long Island’s cultural life through the practice, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Donations can be submitted online here, or call (631) 462-5400, or mail payment to the address listed below.