It seems like just last week that I was wearing my snow boots (I was),…. but actually it really is Spring, and here we are again about to host the 8th Annual LIC Arts Open!

I am proud of what we have achieved in 8 years, and the various exhibitions and events around this year’s festival make me feel that we continue to punch above our weight with a dynamic artist community that is fully engaged and ready to tell their story.

This excitement, commitment and energy is a fantastic counterweight to the rise of the vulgarian class in Washington, where genuine threats to funding and lack of support for one of America’s greatest exports, culture, is confusing and disappointing to say the least.

To say it’s been a confusing year in terms of political support would be an understatement, but against this worrying backdrop we see industrious, dedicated artists and makers who continue to thrive, evolve and take risks.

This year’s festival, similar to last year, will host several really large spaces, in addition to The LIC Arts Open and Plaxall Galleries, to showcase exhibitions where hundreds of artists are on display. All the events are free including Music, Dance and Performance. We highly recommend the Open Studios as a great way to meet many artists in their creative dens, and hope that you will also support the local businesses who support us. In particular, the Court Square Diner has been one of the biggest contributors to the festival every year since the Festival’s inception. Their generosity is indicative of the wonderful support we receive from local businesses and the community. Likewise, most of our current sponsors have been with us from the beginning, for which we are very grateful.

I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the participating artists and my team, especially Tessa Kennedy and Seymour Klausner. Thanks also to Official Photographer, Steven Speliotis, Production Manager Justin Hsu and our production assistants Tatiana Goriunova, Aureole Ribes, Emma Trodella, Alyssa Stearns and Caroline Snape. I would also like to offer thanks to our sponsors, who are fully credited at the back of the booklet, and in particular, we would like to thank Reis, Rockrose, Olmstead, The Factory & Atlas Capital Group, and The Plaxall companies for the generous provision of spaces.

We hope you will enjoy the festival, tell your friends, and don’t forget to let the artists that you visit know if you enjoyed seeing their work.

Thank you for your support!

Richard Mazda
Executive Director