East End Arts Opens 2024 Applications for the annual $10,000

’Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’

The memorial merit award seeks to support the future of a young adult with a strong connection to the East End who shows ambition and achievement in arts, music, and/or science.


Riverhead, NY – The memory of Linda Rie Cohen, a North Fork resident and champion of the arts and sciences, is honored through an endowment established by her husband that annually recognizes the merits of a local young ‘Rising Stars’ with a $10,000 unrestricted award. The ‘Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’ Committee, working alongside East End Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. (EEA) , begins accepting applications for the 2024 awardee selection on March 1, 2024. The online application remains open until April 15, 2024.

Now officially in its second year, the ‘Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’ provides an unrestricted award of $10,000 to a single local 16–20-year-old. “I want this award to make a difference in their future direction,” states Linda’s widower and the endowment’s founder. Selection is by committee and is subjective, not based on financial need but instead on the potential positive impact of the young talent. “We’re thrilled to work with this Rising Star Committee and help the next generation of artists, musicians, and scientists realize their dreams,” says Diane Burke, EEA Executive Director.

The 2023 award committee meticulously reviewed a dozen applications from young locals with an array of talents in art, music, dance, and innovation before giving the award to 18-year-old Orient, NY native Franklin Mastroangelo for his passion and dedication to music. In the true fashion of a rising star, Franklin put on a special performance at his award ceremony hosted at Brecknock Hall, courtesy of Peconic Landing, last June.

‘Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’ candidates must be 16 – 20 years old, have a strong connection to the East End of Long Island, and demonstrate exceptional talent combined with strength and drive focused on the arts, music, and/or science.

Applicants must include three (3) samples of their work, provide three (3) letters of reference, and submit three (3) essays describing why they deserve consideration and how the award would help them reach future goals. All applicants must submit via the EEA online application portal and meet all the
requirements set forth. One application per person. The application portal closes at midnight on April 15, 2024 with no exceptions made for late inquiries. Awardee announced by the committee no later than June 1, 2024. 


Applicants: Apply here.
Applications open: March 1, 2024

Applications close: April 15, 2024

Awardees contacted by: June 1, 2024


East End Arts

East End Arts & Humanities Council is a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization located in Riverhead, whose mission is to Unlock Creativity, Build Community. Since its inception in 1972, East End Arts has become a year-round hub for art and music enrichment and showcase for artists who live, work, and visit the area with its Art & Music School, galleries, and community programs and events. The East End Arts Art Gallery’s exhibitions act as the catalyst for art collectors and enthusiasts to visit the growing Arts District of Riverhead to view relevant programs from established and emerging artists alike. East End Arts Main Gallery is located at 133 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 with a sister gallery 11 West Gallery located at 11 W. Main St., Peconic Crossing, Riverhead, NY 11901. The East End Arts Art & Music School is located at 141 E. Main St. and provides private music lessons, group music, art classes for all ages and abilities, workshops, college prep, and camps.

Each year EEA brings the MLK Portrait Project, PerformHER, Mosaic Street Painting Festival, Teeny Awards, Summer Soirée, ARTworks Gala, and Harvest Gospel Concert to the East End community. The East End Arts Recording Studio is located in the Carriage House on campus, proving the community with accessible, professional opportunities. All proceeds support East End Arts’ scholarships, programming, and operations.

For more information, email education@eastendarts.org, call 631.727.0900, or visit eastendarts.org



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