[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 4-11-1978 by L.L. No. 8-1978 (Ch. 68 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of certain local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- THE ARTS
- Activities directly related to, but not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, architecture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts.
The purposes of the Suffolk County Forum for the Arts are:
To offer Countywide services to all residents regarding arts information, events and special programs and to act as a clearinghouse for cultural information, making it available to all County residents.
To assist in the growth and development of the arts within the County to promote and encourage a rich cultural life for the residents.
To encourage and enhance the freedom and discipline of artistic expression essential to the well-being of the arts and to assist independent artists toward dignity and just compensation for their products.
To strengthen Suffolk-based arts organizations through funding, information sharing and other services.
To provide a forum for citizens and members of County government to work together for the maintenance and growth of cultural life.
[Amended 6-26-1984 by L.L. No. 13-1984; 12-21-2010 by L.L. No. 9-2011]
There shall be a Citizens' Advisory Board consisting of 18 members, with one member from each legislative district within Suffolk County. The members shall have direct experience in one of the arts or in the fields of education, law, nonprofit accounting, community planning, public relations, business or a related field.
The members of the Citizens' Advisory Board shall be appointed by resolution of the County Legislature, which shall be subject to approval of the County Executive. Members shall be appointed for terms of three years.
Members of the Citizens' Advisory Board shall serve without compensation. The members of the Board shall select its Chairman and adopt their own rules of proceedings.
The Citizens' Advisory Board shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
Suggest, review and recommend arts policies and programs.
Select candidates for the Program Director position, subject to final approval by the legislative committee.
Attend arts events within both the members' locale and the County.
Meet jointly with the legislative committee and the Program Director at least two times a year.
Determine the conduct of its own affairs, including the power to form standing and ad hoc committees, hold open hearings, seek consultants, etc.
Review funding applications as prepared by the Program Director.
Work with arts organizations and agencies within Suffolk County toward avoiding duplication of effort and toward increasing communications.
Recommend, initiate and develop audience-oriented quality programs that strengthen the growth of the arts within the County.
Assist in the acquiring of outside funds for program expansion.
Contribute to the annual report and create other reports as the need arises.
Plan for future growth, while meeting the needs of youth, senior citizens and everyone, in order to make the County a fine place to both visit and live.
[Amended 2-13-1979 by L.L. No. 4-1979]
There shall be a Program Director, who shall have business and arts administration experience and knowledge of the nonprofit sector and of the County itself and be capable of developing and implementing a full-service arts program.
The Program Director shall have the following functions, powers and duties:
To suggest and implement arts policies and programs.
To recommend to the Commissioner members of the staff to be employed and determine daily business.
To review funded arts programs of the Arts Forum, both organizationally and aesthetically.
To meet jointly with the legislative committee and the Citizens' Advisory Board at least two times a year and with the Chairman of each group as necessary.
[Amended 6-26-1984 by L.L. No. 13-1984]
To maintain a resource bank of information, statistical and funding overview and such other activities commensurate with operating a County service office.
To instigate application to federal, state and other agencies to increase the operating budget of the Arts Forum.
To conjoin all factions of the arts community and the community itself: BOCES, the Arts Council, facilities, artists, etc.
To prepare and distribute a directory of all cultural groups and organizations located in Suffolk County.