Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, Westbury Arts President Julie Lyon, Nassau County Legislature – District 14 Laura Schaefer, and New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Westbury community leaders and members, joined by representatives from Nassau County and New York State, cut the ribbon on the brand new Westbury Arts Center last week.
The $2 million facility was funded through the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), which awarded the Village of Westbury $10 million for economic development projects in 2016. Westbury Arts, Inc., will call the new, 2,500-square-foot cultural space home, utilizing its offices, gallery, and theater.
“It was, from the start of the DRI process (and before), our goal to make Westbury one of the premier arts-centered communities on Long Island,” Village of Westbury Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro said in a statement, “and we always felt that having a gathering place such as the Arts Center was crucial. We see a great future for Westbury Arts in its new home, and we welcome visitors to come and see what Westbury Arts (and Westbury Village) have to offer.”
The new gathering space in Westbury’s downtown, near Post Avenue, will allow Westbury Arts, Inc., to expand its programming. The project transformed the building’s interior, including its floors, walls, and ceilings; installed new plumbing, electrical, fire suppression and mechanical systems; and included the installation of an ADA-compliant elevator.
Westbury Arts is a nonprofit organization that delivers arts and cultural programs to the community. For more information, visit westburyarts.org.