Welcome the the Long Island Creative Vortex. The Long Island Creative Vortex started back in the winter of 2011 in our basement. The original idea was an experiment based on asking the question: What would happen if we combine large scale group painting, music, poetry and discussion?
I knew there was something to this, so I put out the call to some local artists and musicians and gave it a shot.
Throughout that first event all the layers of creativity and collaboration developed into a synergy we called a creative vortex. We were sharing ideas and techniques between stories and laughs creating this sense of community that grew stronger throughout the night. Our shared efforts created this powerhouse of positivity that lasted days for each one of us. After seeing the effects of what we did, I started a group on Facebook called the Long Island Creative Vortex to connect with more people. We began hosting these events every week. It wasn’t long before we outgrew the basement and evolved into a program with a more inclusive purpose.
Over the past ten years I have been honored to work with a number of local communities, businesses and institutions to create positive and inspirational experiences for the public. By doing this on behalf of our clients, we develop a valuable purpose driven public relations campaign that works.
Made You Look – A Show of Reflections
I curated this event at the East End Arts Council with Mark Cadicamo of Night Vision Creations, Inc. We worked with 16 artists who all worked on canvases that were in the shape of the hand from the game Made You Look. We asked each artist to work with the theme of Made You Look. Once we installed the show, we placed a mirror in the middle of each piece so that the observer would be looking at themselves while reflecting on the work.
Outside of the Box
Outside of the Box was a project used to bring awareness to the EJ Autism Foundation. We built a giant steel box and covered the outside with multiple paintable magnets. The idea was that the painting could be moved around throughout the event and at the end, everyone would be able to take a piece home with them. This was set up in various locations such as the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue, The Velvet Lounge in Setauket, Studio E in Miller Place and a number of schools on the south shore of Suffolk County.
Shifting Reality Across Long Island
The East End Arts Council located in Riverhead New York contacted me through our Facebook group and asked me to come up with a project that would bring awareness to their organization. I proposed an idea called “Shifting Reality Across Long Island”. The idea was to build a canvas based on the theme of Reality and bring it to various locations across Long Island where we could re-create the Creative Vortex experience while handing out information about the Arts Council. This piece would constantly be changing as it was repainted at each event serving as a visual representation of our shared reality. Artists would be invited to participate at each event to get the ball rolling, but our goal would be to include anyone interested. This was a huge success. We did a total of 15 locations that completely pushed the boundaries of the project’s purpose. We started with clubs and warehouse events to working with hospitals and foundations that work with children who have special needs. Throughout the Shifting Reality tour, I saw that same positive effect flow consistently. People would open up to each other as they opened up to themselves and what ties us all together – our ability to create.
Sound Beach Signs