Issues: Arts and Culture

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 309 LOB

March 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Senator Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito Celebrate Black History Month in East Harlem

Senator Jose M. Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrated Black History month in East Harlem on February 22nd. The program honored two outstanding African American members of the community: Ethel Velez, a lifelong resident of East Harlem, President and Chair of the North Council of Presidents (MNCOP), and President of James Weldon Johnson Tenants Association; and Carmen Villegas, Community Activist and Organizer for Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, and Advisor to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the U.S..

February 22, 2011

Senator Gustavo Rivera Celebrates Dominican Heritage Month

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera released the following statement today in recognition of Dominican Heritage Month:

“I am excited and honored to join with my fellow Bronxites in celebrating and acknowledging Dominican Heritage Month. The Dominican-American community is a vibrant and important part of the fabric of New York City and New York State.

February 15, 2011

Jackson Heights community celebrates prophet's birthday

Times Ledger

Elected officials and imams join neighborhood to honor Muhammad, who was born around 570 A.D.

About 60 religious leaders, legislators and residents gathered at a mosque and a restaurant on 72nd Street in Jackson Heights Saturday for an interfaith celebration of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Run by anti-terrorist Imam Mohd Qayyoom, the event drew speakers and worshipers who spoke out for harmony between all religions and peace. 

“All faith has one goal of peace,” Qayyoom said. 

February 14, 2011

Senator Martins Celebrates Lunar New Year at Herricks High School

Senator Jack M. Martins joined close to 1,000 members of the Herricks community Saturday at the 10th anniversary of the Herricks Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Asian American Cultural Club and the Chinese American Association of North Hempstead.

The gathering featured food, entertainment, singing, wushu, arts and crafts, Chinese Checker tournaments and the Lion Dance. Senator Martins was invited to give opening remarks during the program and wished the community “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” or “Happy New Year!”

February 14, 2011

Voces De La Diaspora Dominicana En Queens 2011

Centro Cultural Hispano/Latino De NY Conjuntamente con el Senator Jose Peratla del Estado de Nueva York

Celebrando El Mes De La Herencia Dominicana


Voces De La Diaspora Dominicana En Queens 2011

Entrada Gratis

Escritores Participantes:

Joan Encarnacion
Karina Reyke
Rosana Mendez
Modesto Galan
Katherine Mejia
Osiris Mosquea
Juan Cerda
Miguel Valerio

Tren hasta 103 St en Corona Plaza.  Luego caminar hasta la 104 St.

Informacion:  Contactar a Yrene Santos y Jose de la Rosa 347-520-8811


February 25, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Celebration of Dominican Heritage Month 2011

Please join us to celebrate the 167th Anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic through traditional Dominican folk music and dance.

FREE.  Please RSVP by calling 718-286-0915. 

Sponsored by:

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
Senator Jose Peralta
Councilmember Julissa Ferreras
Dominican Culture & Heritage Month Organizing Committee 

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish 

February 17, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Senator Zeldin Recognizes Sayville High School Student Kiona Bustamante

Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) awarded a New York State Senate Certificate of Recognition to Kiona Bustamante from Sayville High School for winning the statewide Youth Art Contest. Her winning flag design will represent New York State in Washington, DC and at the next National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle, Washington in March.

February 14, 2011
February 11, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: A Celebration of Black History and Heritage

Please join Senator Jose Peralta for an evening honoring African American political leaders and community stars. 

Guests of Honor: 

-Bill Thompson (Keynote Speaker), Chairman of Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, Former Comptroller of NYC and Democratic Nominee for Mayor of NYC 

-Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President 

-Lynda McDougald, President of East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association

Please print and post the flyer in your neighborhood.

February 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Resolution Honoring Howard Dodson

On January 31, 2011 the New York Senate adopted a resolution honoring Howard Dodson, upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

February 8, 2011

Senator Serrano and Senator Krueger Co-Sponsor Forum "Connecting in the Arts"

Senators José M. Serrano and Liz Krueger, along with El Repertorio Español, co-sponsored a free arts forum, which explored innovative systems that can maximize the connections between those working in the arts and their audiences.A panel of experts presented cutting edge techniques, tips and case studies in the areas of branding, social networking and event planning. The panel discussed how all of these areas have concrete applications in the day-to-day work of artists and arts organizations, both large and small.

January 28, 2011

Senator Liz Krueger Joins Other Electeds to Discuss How Nonprofits Can Work With Government

Last Friday, the 21st, Senator Liz Krueger joined Assemblymember Deborah Glick and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer as speakers at the workshop “Working with Government: How Nonprofit Organizations Get Their Voices Heard,” an event hosted by the Arts and Business Council of New York and the Foundation Center.

At the event, the speakers offered suggestions on how to effectively target and educate local elected officials on the importance of arts programs in the community and how to then work with these elected officials to expand these programs.


January 27, 2011
February 1, 10:00 AM - June 30, 6:00 PM

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
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