Location: Stony Brook, NY
“With a very, very lean staff, we work cohesively to deliver compelling exhibitions and engaging programs for diversified audiences,” says Neil Watson. “It’s like three-dimensional chess because we’ve got exhibitions and programs that are going on in the present, we’re looking ahead and planning for the future, we’re building our community presence through collaborations, and we’re providing innovative programs for people of all ages.” The Long Island Museum is engaged in a balancing act of treasuring its history and finding exciting ways to engage new generations of visitors. One notable new initiative has been the Crocheted Tree Project, a community initiative completed over a period of six months by 200 volunteers, who crocheted thousands of circles of various sizes to wrap five trees on the museum’s property.
“I have no time to keep things from anybody, and I don’t think it’s healthy.”