Save Our Spirit
Securing The Building for Our Future
“There is nothing truly more artistic than to love others.”
– Vincent Van Gogh
We are pleased and proud to announce our intention to acquire the building at 2 Melville Road North in South Huntington, where we have been leasing space from the South Huntington Union Free School District for the past 8 years. By establishing this renewed presence in the community, it will now be known as Spirit of Huntington at The Community Arts Center.
The mission of the Spirit of Huntington Art Center is simple: we believe creative expression can transform lives of students with special needs and Veterans by igniting a passion in their lives. The Center expects to continue our primary goals while expanding beyond art and vocational training to encompass education and recreation through additional studies of the arts.
You can support our vision by joining our capital campaign with your contribution of any amount! A range of options for donating is enclosed.
The Center has a rich history of introducing thousands of children and adults to the freedom and confidence they gain by developing their interests and passions through creative expression and art. Staff and instructors place great importance on fostering a strong sense of community thorough our commitment to diversity in populations and abilities. Our connections to organizations and officials throughout the Long Island area will enable us to fully present options for students for a wider variety of courses and programs including music, dance, performing arts and other creative expression in a fun and relaxed setting. Students and adults of all ages and abilities are welcome at the Center which over the years has become a familiar anchor for culture, art, and personal expression.
This is the first time we are reaching out to our community with a capital campaign. With our goal of $1M dollars, we are inviting everyone to share in preserving our building for students, Veterans, and artists, to help these talented individuals be seen and heard for who they are. Any donation at all will help us make an impact, creating a legacy that will stand for years to come.
Thank you in advance for your caring contribution to this cause that means so much to our community and its citizens.
The mission of the Spirit of Huntington Community Arts Center is simple. We believe creative expression ignites a passion in students with special needs and Veterans that transforms their lives. We expect to continue pursuing these goals by transforming the old library at South Huntington into a collaborative environment for the community.
Our goals to provide services for education, vocation, and recreation will expand to encompass additional fields such as music, dance, and the performing arts, all for a diverse population.
Thousands of students have passed through the Center and have left with their lives changed by pursuing their passions.
Our vision is a place where students of all ages & abilities can attend classes that encourage a personalized schedule of community-based experiences aligned with goals within a student’s plan of their own choosing.
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• Transform the old library into a collaborative environment that provides services for education, vocation, and recreation for a diverse population.
• Four wings to host a variety of non-profits who are all focused on creative expression that transforms lives.
• Gateway into Huntington Station with 24,000 square feet on over 2 acres.
Artists Come Alive
One of our most popular programs presents a set of weekly classes, each with a focus on a well-known artist that has overcome personal challenges in pursuit of their craft.
The class watches a video on the life of the artist, and then moves on as students create their personal masterpieces in the artist’s style. All students are welcome as individuals, from local agencies, from within the community.
Clay Comes Alive
This innovative program is led by an experienced artist and ceramicist, working with individuals to ignite their passion for creative expression through physical interaction with clay. Students create their own pieces that are then kiln fired, and glazed with colors of their choice.
Those attending come from all backgrounds, some with disabilities, others recovering from illness, or simply attending for the joy of working with the physical medium clay provides.
Music Comes Alive
We are so excited to unveil our brand new program! Learn to play a song or two and create some fabulous themed artwork! Experienced music teachers will lead the fun and the program will culminate with a mini concert and art show every season!
With unemployment at 85% for young adults with special needs, we help educate those who have aged out of the school districts and move them into digital art and graphic design.
ArtWORKS is an innovative program enrolling students in digital art and design courses, offering graduates a path to careers with companies that need workers with media design skills. Students receive hands-on training through experiential learning in today’s digital sphere to complete courses in graphic design.
Yoga For All
Our center offers inclusive yoga classes that are welcoming and instructional, low pressure and free from judgement and competition. Students are introduced to movement that supports physical and emotional health, learning activities that they can practice on their own to lower anxiety and improve their personal outlook.
Dance Comes Alive
Our inclusive dance activities are designed to meet the needs of everyone in the class, regardless of ability. Classes are offered in a range of styles. Students experience the pure joy and sense of freedom that comes from the physical sensations of dance.
Legacy Wall Tile
With your contribution you will be able to customize your own tile to be a part of our collaborative art piece to be displayed at the building entrance.
Student Art Print
With your contribution you will receive a print of a student art piece of your choosing.
Tribute on Website / Press Release
With your contribution your designation of your choosing will be included in our stories and announcements of the building purchase.
With your contribution you can sponsor a bench with a custom plaque to display your designation of your choosing.
Private Lessons with Instructor
With your contribution you will receive a series of private lessons for fine art and sculpture with one of our world class instructors.
Wall Mural Sponsorship
With your contribution you can sponsor one of our large wall murals with a custom plaque to display your designation of your choosing.
With your contribution an outdoor garden will be constructed and will be named after your designation of your choosing.
With your contribution you can sponsor one of our classrooms, in turn this classroom will be named after your designation of your choosing.
With your contribution you can sponsor our gallery, in turn the gallery will be named after your designation of your choosing.
With your contribution you can sponsor the wing occupied by the Spirit of Huntington, in turn the wing will be named after a designation of your choosing.
Be part of our Legacy Wall!
Your sponsored tiles can display your own custom art work or you can display the work of one of our students. A piece of art may be displayed across one or multiple tiles. Your contribution will be displayed in a permanent installation as part of our building.
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