FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2014
Local Officials Celebrate Renaming of the Great Neck Arts Center
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Mulholland, Sam Marksheid and Rebecca Cheng | (516) 869-7794
Facility Touted as Economic Driver for North Hempstead & Nassau County
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the North Hempstead Town Board yesterday joined with officials from the Great Neck Arts Center to turn a new page in the history of their partnership. The not-for-profit visual and performing arts center was officially renamed the Gold Coast Arts Center (GCAC), which signified the next step in the purchase of the facility by the Town.
“I am excited to move our partnership forward with the newly branded Gold Coast Arts Center and promote the proliferation of arts and film in our Town,” said Supervisor Bosworth.
Bosworth spoke about the marquee event held each year by the Town and the GCAC, the Gold Coast International Film Festival, which welcomes residents from all over Long Island and New York City for a week each October. The festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the Gold Coast of Long Island and is the last major film festival on the East Coast before awards season.
“Events like these are so important as it boosts the local economy by encouraging people to shop and dine at our commercial establishments, all while enhancing the culture and diversity of the Town of North Hempstead,” Bosworth said.
GCAC Executive Director Regina Gil was thrilled to further engage the relationship with the Town and spread the mission of her organization.
“By collaborating with the Town of North Hempstead, we have the ability to identify more opportunities where we can promote and support the arts, as well as get more people involved in our wonderful programs,” exclaimed Gil.
Several elected officials were on hand to celebrate this rebranding including: Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, and Councilwomen Anna Kaplan and Lee Seeman, as well as Nassau County Film Director Debra Markowitz, representing County Executive Ed Mangano.
Ongoing GCAC programs are made up of acting, improv, and musical theatre classes. The new Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre provides students with the opportunity to be a part of a full Broadway experience. Additionally, the GCAC has expanded their music program to include two new weekly classes. As always, there are eye-catching visuals in the art gallery including an exhibit this month featuring graffiti art titled “Wall Works.”
The GCAC’s mission since its inception in 1993 is to promote and support the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. The facility is located at 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck. For more information on GCAC programming, please call 311 or dial (516) 869-6311, when calling from outside the Town of North Hempstead.
From left, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Gold Coast Arts Center Executive Director Regina Gil announce the rebranding of the Gold Coast Arts Center.
Gold Coast Arts Center Executive Director Regina Gil and Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting to signify the rebranding of the Gold Coast Arts Center. They are joined by members of the Gold Coast Arts Center Board and local elected officials.
Gold Coast Arts Center Executive Director Regina Gil and Supervisor Bosworth in the Gold Coast Arts Center gallery signing a sculpture displayed as part of the ongoing graffiti art exhibit.