RAA: Call To Open Meeting
On Monday, April 9 the Rockaway Artists Alliance will hold an Open Meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. in their T-7 (sTudio 7) Gallery at Fort Tilden.
Billed as a town hall type meeting, RAA Board members and office holders will be there to discuss what the RAA has been doing, what directions the organization is currently pursuing and what new initiatives are planned for the future.
The RAA president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and Board members will also be there to answer questions and address concerns of its membership and the public.
Of equal importance, they will be there to gather the input, suggestions and ideas of the 17-year-old organization’s diverse and talented group of members and of the community, which RAA serves and of which the organization is a part. The community helps identify, define and nurture RAA.
All members are invited and encouraged to attend and bring their best ideas and questions.
The concept of holding Open Meetings arose several months ago at a lively and well attended RAA meeting. It was agreed by all that having periodic sessions like this at which all could contribute would, as one participant put it, allow everyone to “know what’s going on in the organization, ask questions and be part of RAA’s growth.”
The Rockaway Artists Alliance has indicated there will certainly be more such meetings in the future.
RAA now encompasses an expanding array of the visual arts, and a widening presence in music and the literary arts. Established in 1995, it has evolved into an arts center with two galleries, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, workshop studios, adult classes and a significant children’s art education program and summer camp.
It holds nearly a dozen exhibitions a year and supports any number of programs, presentations and events at its home base in Fort Tilden and across the Rockaway peninsula and beyond. RAA has a deep involvement in the community.
The RAA works in partnership with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.