The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is now enrolling students for our “Artists Come Alive” class, where we study a famous artist and create artwork based on their techniques and styles. Sign up today!
Spots are still available, so head on over to enrollment and send your child’s summer off with a great week of art and learning!
Lots of fun was had by all who attended the Car and Art show at the Spirit of Huntington! Some folks from the Long Island Exotics Club rolled on over with a sweet lineup of high-end sports cars. We had car-themed artworks on display by the children in our programs, as well as a variety of works by local pros. There were also some awesome model cars being shown off. A lot of local businesses were here including food vendors, performance automotive parts distributors, insurance providers and craftspeople, and the whole shebang was covered by Ed Shine from Village Connection Radio Station.
The Spirit of Huntington was awarded a generous donation from the Lindy Loo foundation. Michael Kitakis, Executive Director of SOH gratefully accepted a check for $1,000.00 presented by Tommy DiMisa of the Lindy Loo Foundation. The mission of the Lindy Loo Foundation is to improve the lives of mentally challenged adults living on Long Island. Through various fundraising and charitable donations, they look to provide financial assistance to those in need. We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this award.
Our culminating celebration for the Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center and Stimson Middle school students was held at the Heckscher Museum on Friday, May 19. Students from all three sessions of our after school Artists Come Alive program were led by Heckscher staff through a project inspired by the current exhibit by Thaddeus Holownia: Walden Revisited, a full-gallery installation that evokes a portrait of the site of Henry David Thoreau’s 19th century experiment in simple living at Walden Pond.
After the tour of the museum and the lesson, the museum was opened to the public for a display of all of the students’ work created during the past year of Artists Come Alive! Parents and visitors were welcomed to a reception and viewing compliments of Heckscher Museum. What a wonderful opportunity for our young artists to be able to display their work in an actual museum! Huge thank you to Heckscher Museum and SHUFSD for their continued support of this collaboration.
Professional WWE wrestler Ron “R-Truth” Killings recently paid a visit to the Art Center. Through a very special event, sponsored by the Whitney E. Johnson Foundation, R-Truth spoke to others about overcoming adversity, following dreams, and being true to oneself. R-Truth’s words were immensely inspirational to both the staff and students. He even joined the students in creating a painting, which is currently on display at the Center!
Students in our Saturday morning Creative Art Therapy (CAT) program learned about expressionist Henri Matisse, creating cutout and collaged art pieces in honor of the iconic artist. Vivid, colorful works of art permeated the center as creative expression flourished. The students had a great time and are looking forward to art classes to come!
The Spirit of Huntington participated in Parent University on April 27th. It was an absolute honor to support the South Huntington School District at their annual event held at Walt Whitman High School. The students learned about artist George Seurat, and created their own masterpieces using pointillism. Working with these students and being a part of this event was a blast, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!
Students from the South Huntington School District joined us in the Center’s Creative Art Therapy (CAT) program. Recently, the students held an art show showcasing their own, original pieces. The students worked very hard over the span of ten weeks to put this event together, and it truly paid off in the end! With art, refreshments, and live music, the show was an absolute blast for everyone involved. The next show will take place at the center on June 24th, so make sure to stop on by!
Our friends at Mid-Island YJCC paid a visit to the Art Center! We had groups of students come in on 3 different Saturdays to make art as part of the Teen Pals program. The SOH staff showed the students around and instructed them through a special art project. The students drew and painted, showcased their creativity, enjoyed some snacks, and had an overall great time! It was truly inspiring to watch these students create such intrinsically powerful art pieces. We are look forward to seeing them again next year!