Since Victor D'Amico's idea, "a place more dramatic and reflecting the character of the environment – sea, sky and salt air, either a boat or resmbling one", became a reality back in 1960; The Institute of Modern Art, The Napeague Institute of Art, The Victor D'Amico Institute of Art, THE ART BARGE has continued to be "a place to create for people of all ages." As described in it's charter, the Institute is "dedicated to the creative development of laymen, students, teachers and professional artists, helping them to achieve a richer way of life and to make a more meaningful contribution to society". He also believed "that the arts are a humanizing force and that their major function is to vitalize living". Lofty ideas, but if we think how creativity is a positive, progressive and peaceful process….then Victor is correct in his thinking. In his time, as a modernist, he saw the need to develop new ways of teaching, also new ways to learn. Today, we need to teach & learn even more so and are very fortunate, regardless of its name, to have this very special place; The Barge.
Whether you are a regular friend from the past or this will be your first summer at The Barge. Prepare for a change in the way you see your summer. More than ever, The Art Barge continues to be a place of personal renewal. A summer base where you can share exciting new artistic, environmental and social activities.
The big NEW for this summer will be the on-line registration. For the past 50 years, cut and paste at The Barge meant, scissors and glue…..times have changed and now for those CONNECTED, registration will be at your finger tips. Others can still call in = 631-267-3172, and Starting May 27th, The Art Barge is open Monday – Friday 9 am – 4pm. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm. Weekends the Barge is closed.
I look forward to seeing you on board.
Christopher Kohan, President
The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art / The Art Barge is a tax exempt not for profit organization under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Victor D'Amico Institute of Art / The Art Barge