Regent Roger Tilles and Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) 

Announce the Formation of the Long Island Arts Education Coalition

to Build Capacity and Support Across the Arts Education Field 


LONG ISLAND, NY— The Long Island Arts Education Coalition (LIAEC), an initiative of Long Island Arts Alliance, is a network of individuals from Nassau and Suffolk Counties dedicated to advancing arts education on Long Island and in New York State. Chaired by Regent Roger Tilles, this appointed network of arts administrators, arts educators, college and university leaders, and state agency representatives will aim to build capacity within and across the arts education field, as well as advance policy change in ways that benefit all youth on Long Island. 

The LIAEC has been established to join the growing number of regional and statewide coalitions designed to ensure that our legislators and Governor are aware of the essential need for every school to provide opportunities for kids to express themselves through study in the arts. Where arts programs thrive, students are learning in the arts with high engagement, expressing ideas in a variety of arts languages, and engaging in creative and reflective work. We also see students learning through the arts—meeting objectives in both an art form and another subject area and constructing and demonstrating understanding in highly creative and personal ways. But quality arts programs don’t thrive on their own. One of the keys to their success has been the active involvement of arts advocates with a powerful and strategic message. 


“I believe in grass roots advocacy” says Hon. Roger Tilles, Long Island’s representative on the Board of Regents, Founder of Long Island Arts Alliance, and Chairman of LIAEC. “The most effective tool for action is to galvanize leading citizens to affect change as advocates of a common mission. And I have seen in Albany that the loudest voices are those best positioned to win the day. At this crucial time, when our representatives are setting educational policy with long term implications, it is our intent to join with counties across New York to guarantee that children will continue to enjoy the peace and fulfillment that the arts can bring to their lives. We can do no less”. 


The LIAEC will work to develop systems and infrastructure that expand and sustain accessible arts education for all students, of all ages, within all 125 public school districts. It will focus on building and strengthening partnerships and collaborations between schools and arts and culture programs led by local arts organizations and artists. 

Dale Lewis, Vice Chair of Long Island Arts Alliance, and member of LIAEC said, “Members of Long Island’s arts community have long been champions for arts education in our schools and beyond. They have done so as individual advocates and as heads of organizations large and small. Now, a coalition of arts partners will allow our community to speak with one voice. We will do so to advance a mission of equity in State and school district funding for performing, visual and digital arts programming.”

LIAA and LIAEC will host a free webinar on Wednesday, March 15th at 4:00pm for arts educators, school administrators, teaching artists, and local cultural institutions presenting the Arts Education Data Project, a free resource that has gathered data on arts education availability and participation across New York State and transformed it into a publicly available interactive dashboard. This work is vital in the conversation about the importance of arts education, providing factual evidence in order for educators to develop programs, enhance curriculum and produce authentic measures that support arts programs.

For more information visit: longislandartsalliance.org/arts-education-data-project.


Regional Arts Service Organizations

Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Long Island Arts Alliance

Long Island Arts Councils Consortium

Long Island Museum Association

Nassau BOCES

Nassau Council of Music Administrators

Nassau Music Educators Association

Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts

Suffolk County Art Leaders Association


Adelphi University

Farmingdale State College

Hofstra University

Iona University

Long Island University

Molloy University

St. Joseph’s University


Local Arts Organizations

The Eglevsky Ballet

Gold Coast Arts Center

Hofstra University Museum of Art 

Huntington Arts Council

The Jazz Loft

Long Island Children’s Museum

Long Island Museum

LI Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame 

Museum of Contemporary Art LI 

Nassau County Museum of Art

Patchogue Arts Council

Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company

Stage the Change, Inc

Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts 


LIAA is dedicated to building appreciation of, participation in, and support for the arts and arts education throughout Long Island. In support of our 100+ member organizations, we provide audience building programs that encourage participation in arts and culture, stimulate demand and raise attendance.

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