THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 | 4:30 PM | FREE
SPACE IS LIMITED DUE TO NEW YORK STATE GATHERING GUIDELINES. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO GUARANTEE ADMISSION.
COVID-19 – What to Expect: There will be no restrooms available for use during outdoor programs. Attendees are required to wear masks at all times and to space themselves at least 6 feet apart from other guests.
Join us for our final Thursday afternoon kids & family program on the west lawn with musician and storyteller Johnny Cuomo.
The art of storytelling comes naturally to musician/author/storyteller Johnny Cuomo. Collecting stories from his travels and interests, Johnny combines these with his musical talents to unfold tales of nature, birds, animals and stories from near and afar.
As a volunteer teacher on the Barona and Viejas Indian Reservations in California, Johnny developed a special connection with the Native American culture, which has enriched his abilities as a storyteller of Indian tales. While living and attending school in Ireland, Johnny learned ﬁrst hand about the Irish culture and music, which sent him on a path to forming his own traditional Irish band, Gallowglass, performing all over the US and abroad.
Johnny is the proud author of his ﬁrst children’s book, MOON-GLOW, and a children’s album of music and stories entitled STORYSONGS. He holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University and a B.A. in Elementary Education and History from Dowling College.
Cuomo is also a folk-ﬂavored acoustic roots artist, with inﬂuences in rock and traditional Irish music. His “Dylanesque” voice follows the tradition of Roger McGuinn and Tom Petty in capturing the essential emotion of the American musical spirit from its core beginnings to present. From his rock band, Voice of the Turtle, in the 90’s, to his immersion into the Irish music scene, up to present, Johnny’s musical style has ﬂourished into one that fuses modern folk rock with an innovative Irish twist. Johnny’s ﬁrst release on the Paradiddle Records label, American Idle, as well as his featured tracks on several of the label’s compilations can be found at http://www.paradiddlerecords.com/
Johnny has made numerous trips back to Ireland in the past years, not only to keep current with his traditional playing, but to bring his own simple, organic blend of folk/rock music to Dublin fans who have given him much respect. He has played for audiences of more than 350 at various pubs and venues in Dublin, including Whelans, Vicar Streetand The Cobblestone, where he had the honor of doing a support gig for Australia’s favorite guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel, and Dublin’s own “Whirlygig.”
Paint outside on the grounds of Southampton Arts Center and learn techniques for painting sky and clouds, trees, grass, shadows, and all aspects of landscape, plein air (in the open air) painting. Great for all levels, ages 15 and up. Supplies are included and advance registration is required.
As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times