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JumpstART! An Evening of Free Public Arts Events in Downtown Riverhead on Thursday, August 11 (posted July 27, 2016)

JumpstART! An Evening of Free Public Arts Events in Downtown Riverhead on Thursday, August 11 (posted July 27, 2016)

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Press contact: Stephanie Israel
Images available upon request

East End Arts Presents
An Evening of Free Public Arts Events in Downtown Riverhead
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 5 – 9 PM
At Downtown Riverhead's ALIVE ON 25 Free Summer Street Festival!

(RIVERHEAD, NY, July 27, 2016) –– East End Arts is excited to announce a special evening of free public arts events in Downtown Riverhead: JumpstART to be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and also part of the Alive on 25 Free Street Festival. The arts will take center stage in Downtown Riverhead as East End Arts JumpstART artists unveil their public arts projects. The evening of free events will feature murals, performances, live music, dance, interactive projects, art installations, and more, all glittering downtown Riverhead. The public is welcome to this free community event. For more information, visit:

A map of events is available at East End Arts (133 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY), as well as at businesses, shops, and restaurants in Downtown Riverhead.

For more information about the artists, their public arts projects, and to view the map of events for August 11, please visit

Experience JumpstART public arts projects from 5:00 through 9:00 PM throughout Downtown Riverhead, alongside the Alive at 25 events and offerings! Most installations can be visited throughout the evening, with some notes below about activities at specific times. All activities are FREE:
• Musician Ahmad Ali of Central Islip, NY will present Double A Blues Performance, a four-piece band with new music honoring both the Blues tradition and the town of Riverhead. Call and response songs will engage the community.
• Graphic designer and illustrator Anthony Catania of Laurel, NY will present Make Riverhead, a postcard campaign and mural of flying fish, both with the intention of opening a dialogue with the public and giving the community a voice in what they would like Riverhead to become.
• Photographer and painter Katherine Criss of New Hyde Park, NY will present Riverhead’s 3-Step Journey Mural, a reflection and acknowledgment of Riverhead’s renewal efforts; including the teamwork of residents, businesses and government in rebuilding a flourishing community.
• Drummer and certified music therapist Michael Guglielmo of East Hampton, NY will present Children's River Music Expression Session, where diverse children, both developmentally disabled children and children with no disabilities, can board the Atlantis Explorer to express themselves in music on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6 PM (pick-up location is behind Aquarium along the Peconic Riverfront). Drum Circle at East End Arts at 8 PM that same night.
• Photographer Jenny Intravia of Riverhead, NY will present There is No App for This, an aluminum art installation and film presentation that explores the decline of the bee community, as well as our dwindling relationships with nature in the age of technology.
• Painter James Johansen of East Northport, NY will present Celebrating Local Kids, which celebrates four Riverhead kids by painting their portrait and incorporating what they like about their community.
• Glass artist Teresa Lawler of East Hampton, NY will present Peconic Clean, an environmental glass fusing sculpture floating in Grangebel Park Pond created from glass, local driftwood and recycled materials.
• Contemporary dancer and choreographer Kendra Mace-Clarke of Southampton, NY will present Dancing in the Rain, with the chance to embrace your inner Gene Kelly! Twirl an umbrella through a wet interactive dance installation! Performance on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6 PM just west of 121 W. Main Street, across from the Suffolk Theater.
• Painter Ellen Paul of Sag Harbor, NY will present Nurture Nature, a friendly new water animal mural on the fence blocking out dumpsters, where children are at play. Mini art workshop for kids on Thursday, August 11, 2016, from 5 – 7 PM near the River & Roots Community Garden playground.
• Graphic designer, painter and sign maker John Prudente of Shirley, NY will present More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys, which features 12 Monkeys: sculpture, paintings, mix media digital graphics, and neon throughout downtown Riverhead.
• Collage artist and jeweler Patti Robinson of Westhampton Beach, NY will present Riverhead Time Warp, which will celebrate the history of Main Street while collaborating with the artist to create a large collage mural.
• Painter James Sebor of Shelter Island Heights, NY will present Rolling on the River, an improvisational band and art exhibit – 1960’s happening style! This interactive improvisational four-piece band will have an open mic for poets and vocalists.
• Photographer Elizabeth Wagner of Riverhead, NY will present The Gummy Bear Project, a colorful celebration of downtown Riverhead’s sweet spots via gummy bear photography featuring a pop-up gallery and interactive candy photo booth inside a repurposed bank vault. Fun for the young and young at heart!
• Graphic designer and printmaker Holly Williams of Jamesport, NY will present Native Wildlife Identification Sign, a permanently installed sign illustrating and identifying native Peconic River wildlife that is both visually enjoyable and educational.

For more information about the artists, their public arts projects, and to view the map of events for August 11 please visit

East End Arts Executive Director Pat Snyder comments, “Now entering its third year, JumpstART demonstrates how valuable the arts are to a vibrant and fun community. We are excited to incorporate JumpstART into this year’s new Alive on 25 street festival.”

East End Arts 2016 JumpstART Program is made possible with funds from Suffolk County Economic Development, Riverhead Rotary Club, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, Martha Clara Vineyards, M&T Bank, the Riverhead Business Improvement District.

More Information about the JumpstART Program
The JumpstART program was born in 2014 from support by the Long Island Community Foundation to address the needs of artists to develop business skills that would help them better integrate into the business community and for businesses to understand and make use of artists in their business model. As Riverhead and the East End strive to reshape the regional economy, JumpstART lays the groundwork for this new paradigm. It is anticipated to be a project that can be replicated in other communities.
It is East End Arts belief that with the necessary tools, an artist is better able to take advantage of creative opportunities that arise and be more likely to be aware of opportunities that exist. With this belief in mind, East End Arts developed this intensive curriculum dedicated to the business side of art. East End Arts put out a call to artists in early 2016 and of the applications received, 14 artists were chosen to participate in this opportunity. The program began in Spring 2016 with a series of intensive workshops led by industry professionals and will culminate with these public arts projects, which will be presented in Downtown Riverhead at the JumpstART event on Thursday, August 11, 2016.
This professional development program for artists provides the opportunity for participants to get a jumpstart on their artistic careers by learning about the fundamentals involved to best grow their business – their art! – all while improving and beautifying the Riverhead landscape by presenting free public art for the community to enjoy. The JumpstART event on Thursday, August 11, 2016 is an unprecedented opportunity for the artists to design and implement/present their work in a high visibility, public arena. The JumpstART professional development program is for all visual and performing artists, of any discipline, and participants were selected through an application process.
For the 2017 program, East End Arts was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to expand to include a curatorial training program. More information and artist applications will be available during the fall of 2016.
For more information on this program, visit

East End Arts JumpstART Program is made possible with funds from Suffolk County Department of Economic Development, Long Island Community Foundation, All for the East End (AFTEE), New York State Council on the Arts, and Riverhead Business Improvement District.

For more information, contact Pat Snyder at 631-727-0900 or
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.