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Happy 20th East End Arts!

Poem written by East End Arts' Education Director, Diane Giardi (January 2015)

It’s been 20 years for The School at East End Arts,
violins and cellos playing their parts.
The Homeschoolers paint,
the pianists play,
the members plan out their studio day.

Judith instructs the art of painting Sumi-E,
Asian brushwork of beauty, balance and chi
and Maureen with pastels lets her students explore
as they return each semester to experience more.

Stan has the guitarists up on their feet,
the drummers rock, keepin the beat.
Cork gives the young ones the confidence to succeed
and Tatiana the discipline, the skills that they need.

With Andrea’s warmth and Jeannie’s humor,
the satisfaction of our students is not just a rumor.
Imagination abounds and spirits are free,
just ask the students of Chris McKee,
whose musicians write stories and create works of art,
all integrated, whole, each are a part.

and Charlie at the registrar wearing so many hats,
sign-ups, payroll,
would you like a receipt for that?

Diane Troiano and Jennifer Paul
so many names to mention them all,
so accept sincere thanks for all you have done,
gratitude goes out to everyone.

For the picture is this,
whether felting or printing
or playing in key,
our students are finding
who they’d like to be.

Experiencing support,
gaining new skill,
exploring, commitment, free spirit
and will.

Together in music and the visual,
each form unique parts,
which make up our community, our School,
East End Arts.

East End Arts School through the years...


1995 :: East End Arts assumes the management of the Eastern Suffolk School of Music, now known as the East End Arts School, housed in the Benjamin House and expands programming to include the visual arts, theatre instruction and summer camps.

1996 :: Renaissance Kids Camp begins

1996 :: First year of the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, now a signature event that raises money for scholarshipships at the East End Arts School.

1996 :: Suzuki violin program begins

2002 :: Teeny Awards begins celebrating excellence in high school theater across the East End of Long Island.

2002 :: CONTACT!

2004 :: Sound Symphony Project

2005-2006 :: Canvassing Riverhead

2005 :: Songs from the Heart with Ishan Johnson

2006-2014 :: First Congressional District High School Art Show

2006 :: Talking Drum

2007 :: East End Arts Carriage House is renovated and takes on a new life as a working studio complex and artist residency to accommodate the growing program offerings, thanks to the support from Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Assemblywoman Pat Acampora.

2007 :: Artists Helping Artists

2007 :: First Musician's Think Tank

2010 :: Holiday Jam

2010-2013 :: Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Riverhead

2011 :: Music Masters Fellowship program begins with Corky Laing

2011 :: Printmaker Rosamaria Eisler as Artist-in-Residence

2011-2012 :: Third Thursdays, arts talk series at Brecknock Hall in Greenport

2011-2012 :: First Fridays, arts talk series

2011-present :: East End Arts Student Orchestra is formed with the opportunity for Long Island music students to rehearse under the baton of world-famous Maestro Itzhak Perlman and alongside the Perlman Music Program student orchestra.

2012 :: Pianist & Composer Leonardo Gala as Artist-in-Residence

2012 :: Music Masters Fellowship with Lauren Kinhan

2012-present :: Arts Mean Business Seminar

2012 :: Long Island Opera as Artist-in-Residence

2013 :: Music Masters Fellowship with Nico Olarte-Hayes

2013 :: Creativity in the Workplace workshop series at Brecknock Hall in Greenport

2013-2015 :: Teeny Awards presents "Listen Carefully… Is Broadway Calling?" Panel Discussion with Theatre Professionals

2014 :: Music Masters Fellowship with Steve Salerno

2014 :: East End Arts teams up with the John Coltrane Home to present a new educational initiative: Coltrane Legacy Project

2014 :: JumpstART Professional Development & Public Arts Program is born

2015 :: The East End Arts School celebrates 20 years of education in the arts with an on-campus birthday bash and a faculty & student concert.

2015 :: Long Island Long Story Poetry Event

2015 :: The East End Arts School participates in Youth Art Month (March) programming

2015 :: Fresh Pond Schoolhouse is renovated and transformed into a multi-use community space for small events.

2015 :: Mixed Media Artist Christina Schlesinger & Printmaker Dawn Daisley as Artists-in-Residence

2015 :: Painter Daniel Hauben as Artists-in-Residence

2015 :: International Visionary Artist Chris Dyer as Artists-in-Residence

2015 :: Music Masters Fellowship with Anastasia René