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East End Arts is a multi-award winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island, NY since 1972. East End Arts is committed to building and enriching community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy and inspiration.

As a regional multi-arts center recognized as an “outstanding organization focused on local neighborhood priorities”*, East End Arts acts as a powerful catalyst for economic and cultural revitalization in Riverhead its home base, and for the surrounding villages and towns.

Dedicated to cultural development, East End Arts is a stimulus for regional economic growth and revitalization efforts through promotion of the arts. East End Arts is recognized for a long history of engagement in economic development through cultural tourism initiatives and programs that collaborate with various levels of government, civic groups, private business and non-profit entities. East End Arts leverages those relations to support the needs of artists of all disciplines and support arts organizations on the East End of Long Island and beyond.

The East End Arts School is a gathering place for aspiring artists, musicians and actors. Under the tutelage of professional faculty, students of any age can study in a private or group setting. The School is a member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education and a founding School Candidate for the Royal Conservatory Music Development program serving as an Assessment Center for the entire Eastern Long Island region and will offer specialized preparatory courses for those seeking to participate in the program.

East End Arts is committed to accessibility to the arts for the entire community and subsequently is actively engaged in working collaboratively and providing presentation opportunities for all segments of the population. Evidence of commitment to celebrating diversity includes ongoing relations and support for Embracing Our Differences, Southampton Anti Bias Task Force and Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc (FREE).

*Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award, description

Annual Signature Events & Programs Include:

Each year, East End Arts:

  • Exhibits 22 gallery shows in 3+ locations, showcasing our community's talent, which provides presenting opportunities for roughly 800 artists in all disciplines
  • Offers 150+ educational art, music, and theater programs as well as private music instruction to our region year-round, serving approximately 500 adults and children annually
  • Presents over 15 events to celebrate the regions' rich artistic background
  • Provides professional development and resources for both emerging and established artists through workshops, cultural arts forums and access to resources through social media and the web serving over 6,000 individuals
  • Promotes local artists and musicians through education, presentation and community initiatives
  • Presents programs for very low or no fee

East End Arts relies on public and private foundation grant funding, as well as individual and corporate contributions to continue presenting arts opportunities to our region.



Film at top of page:
Film by Peter Beston | Production by August First Arts
Interviews Conducted & Photographed by Jim Lennon
© 2017 East End Arts

Film at bottom of page:
Film by Peter Beston | Production by August First Arts
Music: George Frideric Handel's Concerto Grosso No. 1, Opus 6, Allegro
© 2014 East End Arts