Organization aims to lift Glen Cove as region’s ‘art and innovation mecca’

A new effort effort is underway to elevate Glen Cove as an arts destination, bringing economic growth to the city. Now that First City Project Collective secured its not-for-profit status, the organization aims to transform Glen Cove into an “art and innovation mecca.” It seeks to provide new opportunities for […]

A new effort effort is underway to elevate Glen Cove as an arts destination, bringing economic growth to the city.

Now that First City Project Collective secured its not-for-profit status, the organization aims to transform Glen Cove into an “art and innovation mecca.” It seeks to provide new opportunities for artists to showcase their talent.

A kickoff celebration for the organization’s next phase is slated for mid July.

The organization got its start in 2017, when Martino Auto Concept owners and philanthropists Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer transformed the circa-1810 Coles House in Glen Cove into a kaleidoscopic street-art exhibit. It has since held community events, including last fall’s “Arts and Automobiles” exhibition at RXR Village Square, as well as a pop-up art gallery, and several holiday-season events.

“FCP Collective aims to start a dialogue with the community where a balance can be achieved through a new art medium and a new spirit of creativity that can rise alongside the traditional values within the first city on Long Island,” LaPadula, the founder, president and chair of First City Project Collective’s board of directors, said in a statement.

Plans are in the works to bring a mix of live art events and walks, mural projects, student art classes, artisanal food events, art-themed boutiques, popups at Coles House, and more. The idea is to create “welcoming place where people flock to see not only great street art,” attracting locals and tourists alike, according to a press release from the organization.

“First City Project Collective seeks to become a catalyst for cultural energy in the city of Glen Cove by developing public art and cultural activities to celebrate our community, bring positivity and artistic vibrancy to the neighborhood, and engage the town’s youth through parks, recreation and arts programs,” Soojin Kim, a cofounder who also serve as program and special events director and vice-chair of the board, said in a statement.

“FCP Collective aims to enhance the neighborhood identity to strengthen economic development, drive tourism, educate, and enrich the spirit and pride of Glen Cove,” Kim added.

Also on the board are Holzer, serving as chief operating officer; CPA and former Glen Cove City Councilman Michael Norman, the board treasure and chief financial officer; Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, advocacy director and board secretary; and former Glen Cove City Councilman Rocco Totino, director of philanthropy and legal counsel.

“Not only does embracing the arts enrich our minds, expand our horizons, and feed our souls, art has the power to make a city like Glen Cove a destination for all who wish to immerse themselves in an atmosphere of creativity,” DeRiggi-Whitton said in a statement.

“That is why I am so excited to be a part of the First City Project Collective and all of the promise it holds for making Glen Cove an even more prosperous and vibrant place to live, work, play, and raise a family,” she added.


https://libn.com/2022/05/25/organization-aims-to-lift-glen-cove-as-regions-art-and-innovation-mecca/

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