CALARCO: Supporting the arts


The widespread cancellation of in-person events has affected many businesses, particularly artists and musicians who rely on events, workshops, gigs, and physical locations to support their families and pay their bills. More than ever, it is essential that we find ways to offer support to our local arts and cultural organizations whom have been disproportionately impacted this crisis.

The Patchogue Arts Council, located in our bustling downtown, is open and available to residents at no cost. Currently on display is a powerful collection titled “Illuminated: A Lens on Gender.” Artist Lex Barberio's work reflects the queer, non-binary, and trans experiences through two photographic series, "The Ambisextrous" and "Understanding Me," and will be on display through June 27th.

They are also currently seeking sponsors to support their MoCA L.I.ghts project. Last fall, this display transformed the Village of Patchogue into a joyful and immersive open-air museum by projecting art onto various buildings throughout our downtown. After attracting thousands of viewers, they have decided to make this an annual effort, but they need your help.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and other initiatives, check out their website to learn more: or call 631-627-8686.

The historic Patchogue Theatre is another option if you are looking for music, comedy, and culture. On Sept. 24, the theatre will be hosting "The Moondogs, The White Album Live" at 8 p.m. The Moondogs have been covering the Beatles' music for decades, and this limited-edition Beatles show has become a staple at the Patchogue Theatre over the years.

If comedy is more your speed, Robert Kelly, Ron Bennington, Rich Vos, and Jim Florentine will be at the theatre on Sept. 25 with their non-traditional parenting comedy routine. "‘Kreeps With Kids’ is a comedy show for any parent that doesn't go by the books," says the show's description.

The theatre also offers the opportunity to rent the digital marquee by the hour to give your loved ones a birthday shout out, to celebrate an anniversary, or to ask your partner for their hand in marriage! For more information, to purchase tickets or donate to the Patchogue Theatre, visit or call 631-207-1313.

If you are looking for something that the kids can enjoy, ThinkBIG! Theatre is the place to be. This nonprofit, multi-disciplined theater arts company offers community and school programs, training and development for artists and educators, and performances of original works. This summer, ThinkBIG! will be hosting various camps for kids aged 5 to 12 years old. Their website notes that to facilitate a safe experience for their students, class sizes will be limited. So don't wait; visit to learn more and secure a spot for your creative kids today.

If you are not yet comfortable returning to in-person events, consider donating the money that you would have spent on tickets to live performances or exhibitions to artist organizations, arts nonprofits, and artists instead.

We can safely and responsibly return to in-person events, concerts, festivals, and exhibits by ensuring that all Suffolk County residents get their vaccinations. Currently, all state-run sites are accepting walk-ins. If you or someone you know need assistance in securing a vaccine, visit or contact my office at 631-854-1400 and we will be happy to assist you.


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