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Long Island Black History Month Exhibit Runs February 4 – 28, 2015

liaacc-bloomingdales2015Thirteen African American Artists’ works are currently on exhibit at the Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery in Roosevelt Field Mall in honor of Black History Month.  The opening reception was held on February 4, 2015.  The exhibit, Celebrating the African American Experience is presented by Long Island Arts Alliance, Bloomingdale’s, the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and the Long Island Black Artist Association.

As we celebrate National Black History Month this art exhibition will add another thread to the fabric of our history as African Americans on Long Island,” says Phil Andrews, President, and Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce.

Maxine Townsend-Broderick, Past President and Current Vice President of the Long Island Black Artist Association writes, “The Long Island Black Artists Association is pleased to partner with Bloomingdale’s to showcase our work to a broad audience that may not otherwise have the opportunity to appreciate art influenced by the African-American experience.” Ms. Townsend-Broderick is also featured as February’s “Artist of the Month” at ArtsAliveLI.org, Long Island’s arts and cultural events website.

Celebrating the African American Experience is the result of a new collaboration between Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and Bloomingdale’s, which offers area artists exhibit space and creates an interesting and diverse collection of new art to grace the walls of the Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery of Roosevelt Field Mall.  “Bloomingdale’s is thrilled to honor and celebrate Black History Month with such special local partners,” says Anne Keating, Bloomingdale’s Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Special Events and Corporate Philanthropy. “It is extremely important for Bloomingdale’s to recognize the charitable work of organizations where we have stores. We strive to connect with diverse communities and support the talent within them.” Theresa Statz-Smith, Executive Director of Long Island Arts Alliance says, “the Alliance works to support our region’s arts and arts education organizations, but also our local artists.  Gallery space is at a premium on Long Island and we’re thrilled to partner with Bloomingdale’s, the Long Island Black Artist Association and the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce.”

“Celebrating African American History is a significant milestone for the Long Island region, as collaboration and as an illustration of the many triumphs, joys, and tribulations cultures overcome on their path to greatness.  As we celebrate National Black History Month this art exhibition will add another thread to the fabric of our history as African Americans on Long Island,” says Phil Andrews, President,  Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce.

Maxine Townsend-Broderick, Past President and Current Vice President of the Long Island Black Artist Association writes, “The Long Island Black Artists Association is pleased to partner with Bloomingdale’s to showcase our work to a broad audience that may not otherwise have the opportunity to appreciate art influenced by the African-American experience.” Ms. Townsend-Broderick is also featured as February’s “Artist of the Month” at ArtsAliveLI.org,

About the Long Island Black Artist Association
The Long Island Black Artist Association was founded in 1968 by a small group of artists namely, James Counts and Ernest Snell, Raymond Miles, and Charles Winslow.   The purpose of the association is to help African-American artists find a conduit for the exhibition of their work.   To that end it has continually sought new venues for exhibiting the work of its members locally, nationally and internationally and has also encouraged the artist’s individual efforts to find recognition. The organization has also had other goals; to provide an atmosphere of fellowship in which professional and semi-professional artists could exchange ideas, techniques and mutual support in the field of visual arts; to discover potential talent; to provide a cultural service to the community and offer a “sensitive environment” for the cultural expression of the larger African-American community.   The Association is the only such supportive group in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.  www.liblackartists.com

About Long Island Arts Alliance
Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) is a network of the region’s not-for-profit arts, cultural and arts education organizations, promoting awareness of and participation in Long Island’s world-class arts and cultural institutions.  Formed in 2003, LIAA offers diverse support services to arts organizations, serves as an advocate for arts education in our schools and collaborates on strategies for economic development and community revitalization.  Initiatives of the Alliance include the LIAA Scholar-Artist Awards, the LIAA Arts Education Roundtable and Arts Alive LI.  Visit www.longislandartsalliance.org  and www.ArtsALiveLI.org to find arts and culture events.

About the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC)
The Mission of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., is to advance and promote economic development for business, and to advance responsive government and quality education on the behalf of all small businesses, with emphasis on African Ancestry, while preserving the Long Island community.  Long Island means the New York State counties on Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and  Kings.  A Chamber of Commerce is one of the most well known and recognizable organizations in the country chartered to stimulate business in local and regional areas where they are designated to serve.

For more information on the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Membership Inquiries, or Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities, or to be placed on email list for upcoming event email us today @ info@liaacc.com

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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