Issues: Arts and Culture

Arts Forum: Connecting in the Arts

Senator Serrano, Senator Liz Krueger, and El Repertorio Espanol will co-sponsor a FREE EVENT that will explore innovative systems to maximize the connections between those working in the arts and their audiences.Branding, e-mail marketing, social networking and event planning have not traditionally been associated with the art world but technology has moved us all into a new age with the need for new skills to match. A panel of experts will present cutting edge techniques, tips and case studies which have concrete applications in the day-to-day work of artists and arts organizations, both large and small. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Susan Chamlin: (212) 490-3535 or

January 28, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Little to chair Senate Tourism Committee

State Senator Betty Little today announced that she will serve as Chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee.  Little added a new assignment this year as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and she will continue serving on the Local Government Committee, which she had chaired for a number of years.

January 11, 2011

Statement from Senator José M. Serrano Re: Record-Breaking 48.7 Million Tourists in NYC in 2010

"In many ways the cultural community has always been at the forefront of economic recovery - most recently, after the devastating events of September 11th, 2001. Particularly, tourism has a proven track record for serving as an economic catalyst during difficult fiscal times. Today's announcement by Mayor Bloomberg regarding the record-breaking number of visitors to New York City during 2010, further emphasizes these points.

January 4, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Holds a Press Conference with NYS Assemblyman Rory Lancman to Spotlight Safety Issues at Spider-Man Production

New York State Senator Eric Adams and NYS Assemblyman Rory Lancman held a press conference on December 23rd in front of the Foxwoods Theater, site of the play ‘Spider-Man,’ to discuss safety issues and the need for proper regulations and oversight of hazardous theatrical productions.

NYS Senator Eric Adams states: ““Theater productions have seen an increased use of pyrotechnic, acrobatic, aerial, and other extreme visual performance techniques, and there has been a growing concern for safety. This apprehension focuses both on the performers and the audience watching them.

December 24, 2010
December 29, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Senator Maziarz reads "The Night Before Christmas" in Holley

Senator George Maziarz recently took the stage to narrate "The Night Before Christmas" during the Holley Elementary School's holiday concert.  The chidlren accompanied reading of Clement Moore's famous poem with song and dance.

December 13, 2010

Hispanic/Latino Book Fair of New York 2010


Hispanic/Latino Book Fair Comes to Jackson Heights

December 10, 6:00 PM - December 12, 6:00 PM
December 7, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Serrano Sponsors Intellectual Property Workshop

Over 40 people attended the first half of a two part intellectual property workshop on Tuesday, November 30th, at Hostos Community College. The event, titled “You Made It Now Protect It: Trademarks and Copyright for Artists, Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses,” provided a great deal of useful information regarding trademarks, copyrights, design patents, and work-for-hire agreements. An expert panel of intellectual property attorneys explained these concepts and how they can be put into practice.Senator Serrano sponsored the workshop along with the Bronx Council on the Arts and The Legal Aid Society.

November 30, 2010

Corona Plaza Holiday Festival and Light Spectacular

Join Senator Jose Peralta for trolley rides, hot cocoa, cookies, holiday themed photos, all day entertainment, arts & crafts and a spectacular light show!

Special tree lighting at 5:00 PM!

Sponsored by Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Francisco Moya, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, Corona Community Action Network and Dominican American Society.

Download the event flyer here.

December 5, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
December 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jackson Heights imam fights Muslim radicalism Muhammadi Community Center's Qayyoom preaches against terrorism, supports interfaith work

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

November 11, 2010

Ever since he lost someone he knew in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Mohd Qayyoom has worked on his own and through his Muhammadi Community Center of Jackson Heights to spread his message of how despite popular perceptions Islam is against terrorism.

“Islam has no room for the terrorism,” Qayyoom said.

A Muslim priest from Bangladesh, Qayyoom moved to America in 1991. Beginning in 1996, he worked as a paid imam in Elmhurst, but after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Qayyoom used many of his Friday night sermons to speak against terrorism, which met with some resistance from the congregation.

November 16, 2010
November 30, 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

‘Women Against Violence’ Celebrate New Art Calendar

Anti-Domestic Abuse Group Is Affiliated With MaimonidesBy Harold Egeln
Brooklyn Daily EagleBAY RIDGE — Brooklyn artists and photographers collaborated with Gallery 364 to create a new empowering venture for the borough’s Women Against Violence organization: a 2010-2011 calendar featuring 15 artworks.“The art and photographs are all winning artworks featured from the ‘Empowerment’ art exhibit and competition back in June that we had for the organization,” said photographer Georgine Benvenuto, founder of Gallery 364. The gallery and art studio occupy the entire first floor of her historic circa-1910 limestone house.

October 22, 2010

Vallone Marches With Caucus In Columbus Day Parade - Next Edition!

City Councilmembers Vincent Gentile and Daniel Halloran, Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshal Maria Bartiromo, state Senator Diane Savino and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr.

October 20, 2010

Architects Name Oppenheimer 2010 Legislator of the Year!

Architects Name Oppenheimer 2010 Legislator of the Year

Representatives of AIA New York State will present Senator Suzi Oppenheimer with a certificate noting her designation as its 2010 Legislator of the Year for her role in sponsoring the recently enacted Smart Growth Initiative.

Coincidentally, the presentation will be made shortly after a press conference commemorating the signing of the smart growth legislation into law. The Ossining Public Library, where the award presentation will be held, is itself a green public building.

October 18, 12:15 PM - 12:15 PM

"Sweet House!" Announced at Nazareth College

On Thursday, October 14, the Rochester Children's Theatre unveiled their newest musical, "Sweet House!". Based on the story of Hansel and Gretel, the musical will use the story's theme to show children how to make better choices and help fight childhood obesity. Senator Robach joined Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, and Senator Jim Alesi in a performance at the press conference.

October 14, 2010

New Leadership at Staten Island's Snug Harbor

Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 12:38 AM     Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 7:09 AM

By Michael J. Fressola  Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The incoming new boss of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is a 37-year-old former Staten Islander, an urban planner who spearheaded the redevelopment of Coney Island.

State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday she got to know Ms. Kelly over the past few years and called her "a wonderful addition to Staten Island," adding, "She has a fabulous relationship with City Hall and I'm very happy that she's coming over to this side of the bridge."

October 8, 2010



(l-r) Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, Senator Ken LaValle, Marie Parziale Johs

September 30, 2010
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