Supporting growth in arts and film programs that enhance tourism is a key element in our county's integrated economic development strategy. A vital and diverse cultural climate supports the growth of business and industry, jobs, income and tax revenues, and helps build a positive image for the region. Indeed, the restoration of Suffolk's historic and beautiful performing arts centers or theaters has served as the focal point for the economic revitalization of several downtown areas.
The Office of Film and Cultural Affairs are committed to these and other programs that preserve the cultural heritage and unique character of our county and its communities. Through the Arts & Film Competitive Grant we provide material support to organizations that work to:
Develop new arts and film programs that have the greatest potential to increase economic impact to communities and regions.
Enhance an existing arts and film program in order to significantly increase the economic impact to communities, regions and state.
Develop productive partnerships between local and regional arts, film, and tourism organizations; and/or public and private sector organizations, and/or state and federal agencies. Develop a common vision and implementation plan for the development of cultural heritage.
Insure quality and integrity of interpretation and presentation of Suffolk County Long Island's culture.
Attract new arts and film visitors to Suffolk County in a way that will extend tourist seasons or increase expenditures by tourists.