The newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is an economic and social impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. Building on its 30-year legacy as the largest and most inclusive study of its kind, AEP6 provides detailed findings on 373 regions from across all 50 states and Puerto Rico—ranging in population from 4,000 to 4 million—and representing rural, suburban, and large urban communities.

In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Long Island Arts Alliance coordinated the study of Nassau and Suffolk Counties with generous funding from the Long Island Community Foundation. Over the past year, we have gathered insights from almost 1,000 attendees at various arts and culture events throughout Nassau and Suffolk to report on the social and economic impact the creative sector has on the Island. We've connected with over 400 cultural nonprofits, as well as other stakeholders, to understand the arts landscape's role in COVID recovery.

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MyLITV Producer Waldo Cabrera Wins a 2023 EMMY

Waldo Cabrera and Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) were awarded the New York Emmy® Award in the category of Teen (13-19) Short or Long Form Content for its short documentary on Layla’s African Dance and Drum of Valley Stream as part of their Back In the Spotlight: Cultural Dance series. 


Without the ability to meet in person or to perform for an audience, many cultural organizations were faced with closure during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As New York began to re-open, Back In the Spotlight aimed to capture the excitement within five unique cultural dance troupes on Long Island as they prepared to share their heritage in person once again and uplift their communities. 


“We are deeply honored to receive the NY Emmy Award for our 'Back in the Spotlight' series,” says LIAA’s Executive Director, Lauren Wagner. “It's a privilege to have shared the stories of our resilient, creative community as they rebounded from the pandemic. The arts transcend being a mere 'nice to have' commodity; they are an essential force for the betterment of humanity. We all instinctively know that investing in the arts is important, but for some reason, they keep falling to the bottom of the list of priorities. The arts are essential to life on Long Island, and we are here to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve”. 


The eight-minute Emmy® Award Nominated episode featuring Layla’s African Dance & Drum of Valley Stream follows students and parents as they celebrate the start of Black History Month and the restart of public performances after a long COVID-19 shutdown. The piece follows the dancers as they go back in the spotlight as the halftime entertainment for the world-famous Harlem Globe Trotters at the UBS Arena. 


Back In The Spotlight was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. In addition to the Emmy® Award Nomination, the episode on the Boys & Girls Club of Shinnecock Nation was selected into the Latino and Native American Film Festival, and the episode on Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company was awarded a prestigious Press Club of Long Island Award. 


This is the first Emmy Award nomination and win for LIAA. They were nominated alongside MSG Networks, NYC Life, and My 9 News WWOR. The 66th Annual New York Emmy® Awards were celebrated on the evening of Saturday, October 28, 2023 at a live awards ceremony from the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.