Monday, September 22, 2014

Audrey Zhang is Honored by Arts Alive LI

The Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) is a collaborative network of the region's not-for-profit arts and arts education organizations.  The goal of LIAA is to promote the awareness of and participation in Long Island's world-class arts and cultural institutions.  LIAA offers various resources to member organizations, is an advocate for arts education in the schools, and works together on methods strategies for community involvement in the arts.  Arts Alive LI has taken the lead in advancing the LIAA's vision of showcasing the region's best and brightest artists.  In cooperation with Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Arts Alive LI recently sponsored a poster-contest to kick-off an upcoming event in collaboration with the Long Island Children's Museum and the Cradle of Aviation.
The first place prize winner of this contest was Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School.  On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Audrey was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her outstanding work.  For winning first prize, Audrey was presented with a $500 check and an iPad mini.  Many dignitaries were on hand, including New York State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles, commented about Audrey's phenomenal work and the importance of arts in education.
On Friday, September 19, 2014, Regent Roger Tilles returned to the Island Trees School District and was the feature speaker at an assembly honoring Audrey's achievements.  Regent Tilles spoke to the fifth and sixth grade students about getting involved in the arts, making art and music a passion, and the necessity of focusing on the arts in the 21st century.  Audrey's work and those of other artists on Long Island will be featured at the First Annual Free Family Arts Festival at Museum Row in Garden City on September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Congratulations to Audrey Zhang on this tremendous accomplishment.  These two great events truly showcased the work that the students and staff of the Island Trees School District are doing in the arts.  Excellent job!
-        Dr. Roger Bloom, Principal, Island Trees Memorial Middle School

Island Trees UFSD
74 Farmedge Road

Levittown, New York 11756