Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Islip Art Museum

The government of the town of Islip is intending to lay off all the staff of the Islip Art Museum, the letters are going out on Monday. They seem to think they can do what they want as they might not know that there is support for this institution by a wider community.
As you may know the Islip Art Museum has been a beacon of contemporary art showing artists from all over the world. We have received much critical attention over the past 30 years or so. We are the only institution to show such work between New York City and the Hamptons. We are an educational institution bringing contemporary art to an underserved community. Let the councilmen know that this is a loss and that you care about it.
Please send a letter and an e-mail to the following officials and ask anyone you know to do the same.
Please contact people you know, not just artists, and ask them to lobby on our behalf. Something simple is good, like:

The Islip Art Museum is one of the most valuable resources for young artists in the tri-state area. I understand that you are considering laying off the entire staff, a move that would effectively close the Museum. I know fiscal problems are everywhere--nonetheless, I urge you not to eliminate this important cultural institution.

Phil Nolan, Supervisor

Christopher Bodkin, Councilman
Steven Flotteron, Councilman
John Edwards, Councilman
Gene Parrington, Councilman
The address is:
Islip Town Board
Town Hall
655 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751

email to: supervisorsoffice@townofislip-ny.gov

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