Spirit of Huntington Art Center Partners with Optimum to Host Veteran’s Day Art Exhibition

To celebrate Veteran’s Day, the Spirit of Huntington Art Center is partnering with Optimum, the local provider of internet, mobile, TV and phone services, to host an exhibition of artwork by Veterans at the Optimum store in Bethpage on November 10, 2022. 

As a population that was hit hardest by Covid, Veterans were often separated from their families and even each other, and it was incredibly joyful to see the Veterans at the Northport VA come out of their isolation and create meaningful and positive artwork through an 8-week series of Zoom sessions. Optimum saw the synchronicity in a unique opportunity to join Spirit of Huntington Art Center in supporting the Veterans with creative expression classes that transported them from being alone in their rooms into other worlds and sparked creativity and imagination. 

Each Veteran was able to express inner feelings and emotions by utilizing new art techniques for better self-expression and new modalities to increase leisure awareness for Veterans within Northport’s Community Living Centers. The camaraderie and spirit among the Veterans as well as the staff provided all involved with a sense of accomplishment, belonging, and love. 

This collaboration was made possible by the generous financial support of Optimum and talent and heart of The Spirit of Huntington Art Center. This program was our way of thanking the Veterans for their service. 

Artwork created by the Veteran’s group will be displayed in Optimum’s Bethpage store, located at 1101 Stewart Avenue, starting on Wednesday, November 10th with a private reception from 8:00am – 9:00am for Veterans, executives from the Northport VA, Optimum, and the Spirit of Huntington. The exhibition then opens to the public beginning at 9:00am on November 10th and runs through November 21st. For coverage opportunities, please see contact details below. 


Michael Kitakis
Executive Director
Spirit of Huntington Art Center
(631) 470-9620 / michael@spiritofhuntington.com 

Erin Smyth:
Communications Director
Altice USA
(917) 565-2480 / erin.smyth@alticeusa.com 


About Spirit of Huntington Art Center
The Spirit of Huntington Art Center is a non-profit organization that ignites the passions of students with special needs and Veterans for creative expression that transforms their lives. Our Center is built on the foundation of love that fosters problem solving and free expression that can help nurture students of all ages, all abilities through education, recreation and vocational training in our structured safe environment. We are a Community Art Center that offers fine art classes, sculpture, music, dance, as well as digital art pre-vocation training with special needs students.

About Optimum
Optimum is a brand of Altice USA, one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, video, mobile, proprietary content and advertising services to nearly 5 million residential and business customers across 21 states. The company operates a4, an advanced advertising and data business, which provides audience-based, multiscreen advertising solutions to local, regional and national businesses and advertising clients. Altice USA also offers hyper- local, national, international and business news through its News 12, Cheddar News and i24NEWS networks. 

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