Two Nassau municipalities have announced new efforts to promote the arts.
The Town of North Hempstead is reviving a dormant arts council, which was previously considered a committee, but has not met since October 2014. The City of Long Beach announced last week it is forming a new arts committee.
North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said four new members have joined the 15-member council, which held its first meeting Wednesday.
"Some members that hadn't been participating had dropped off," Bosworth said. "The arts council plays a very vital role in North Hempstead. The culture and the arts is something that have an effect on the things we're doing here."
Bosworth said the committee is likely to explore grant applications to fund arts initiatives. Another idea is to host loaned artwork and display it at town properties, Bosworth said.
In Long Beach, the newly formed eight-member Council for the Arts, known as LBNY-ARTS, is to add to the arts activities offered in the city. The first event was the annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, which ran Thursday through Sunday.
The city plans to launch a website, LBNY-ARTS.org, to list a calendar of arts and cultural events. One feature of the site will be a "callboard" for community projects to unite local artists and organizations where they can profile their work.
Long Beach officials are applying for nonprofit status to secure program funding. Organizers said they want to start an arts education program, a campaign for public arts, and add an indoor arts center.
Council members are planning a winter citywide meet-and-greet between artists and art enthusiasts.
"Our goal is to enhance the cultural environment of Long Beach, truly making our City by the Sea a hub for the performing arts," said City Councilman Anthony Eramo.