East End Arts Opens Applications for the new

$10,000 ’Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’


The memorial merit award seeks to support the future of 1-2 young adults with a strong connection to the East End who show ambition and achievement in arts, music, and/or science.

Riverhead, NY – An endowment honoring the late Linda Rie Cohen, North Fork resident and champion of the arts and sciences, established by her husband annually rewards the merits of local young ‘Rising Stars’ with up to $10,000. The ‘Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’ Committee, working alongside East End Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. (EEA) , begins accepting applications for awardee selection on March 1, 2023. The online application remains open until April 15, 2023.

“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.

Candidates must be 16 – 20 years old, have a strong connection to the East End of Long Island, and demonstrate exceptional talent 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 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, 2023; no exceptions made for late inquiries. Awardee announced by the committee no later than June 1, 2023.

Up to $10,000 is awarded each year through the ‘Linda Rie Cohen Rising Star Award’, either for a single awardee or split between two selected candidates. Selection is subjective and not based on financial need but instead on the potential positive impact of the young talent.

“I want this award to make a difference in their future direction,”
states Linda’s widower and the endowment’s founder.


Applicants: Apply here. Applications open: March 1, 2023 Applications close: April 15, 2023 Awardees contacted by: June 1, 2023


East End Arts & Humanities Council is a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization located in Riverhead, NY 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. 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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