GOLD COAST ARTS CENTER WELCOMES LAUREN WAGNER TO STAFF

The Long Island Native is Set to Bring a Wealth of Knowledge and Experience to the Position

Great Neck, NY (April, 2016) — It was recently announced that the Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival has hired Lauren Wagner as the newest addition to their team!

Lauren Wagner was born and raised in Manorville on the East End of Long Island and attended Eastport High School. From a young age she always wanted to be an artist, but never excelled in making art, unable to draw or paint to her standards of perfection, but always wanting to be involved in the arts.  However, with the encouragement of supportive parents, Wagner was always taken around to museums, Broadway plays, orchestra performance, and all the cultural events available in NY. Growing up an hour and a half outside of New York City provided a wealth of opportunities to be exposed to the culture that she loved. She later studied theatre and music, and excelled at both… but painting and drawing were still the art forms which she loved most. Powering forward, she continued to pursue her passion and admiration for art in her education. She sought guidance from great artistic mentors. Her education in the arts was focused primarily in informal learning environments – museums, galleries, etc, but she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Administration from Wagner College of Staten Island and then completed her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University this past May. After working in Miami as a successful art curator in a high profile gallery, Lauren Wagner has returned to her home base on Long Island. She is looking forward to bringing her experience, passion and vision to the Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival!

Since its founding, over 100,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have taken advantage of the Gold Coast Arts Center’s many classes, live performances, programs, workshops, films and art exhibits. Every day the GCAC provides students, teachers, parents, senior citizens and community members of all ages and from a wide geographic distribution with opportunities to learn about, discuss, view, enjoy, share and participate in the world of the arts and arts education.

During the seven-day Gold Coast International Film Festival; film buffs, scholars, critics, filmmakers, and regional residents come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast. With so many exciting programs, exhibits, and live entertainment to choose from, along with additional programs and courses continually being added to their offerings, this new addition to the staff comes just in time for the Spring and Summer months of planning and presentation at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck!

 

With such a highly acclaimed, educated, and experienced professional joining the GCAC and GCIFF team, Lauren Wagner is sure to add to the already sterling reputation of one of Long Island’s most reputable institutions!

For More Information on the Gold Coast Arts Center Call (516) 829-2570 or VISIT: http://greatneckarts.org/wordpress/school-for-the-arts/

For More Information on the Gold Coast International Film Festival, VISIT:

http://goldcoastfilmfestival.org/

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@Rickeberle.com

More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout the region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in schools and in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, in its 5th year this past Fall. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

More About the Gold Coast Film Festival:

Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Year-round festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

During the annual seven-day festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast. In addition to the Fall festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.

The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1993 and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.

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