Stephen Long, an East Hampton resident and the president of the Children’s Museum of the East End, has been appointed to the Suffolk County Citizens Advisory Board for the Arts.
The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously voted May 12 to appoint Long, who was selected by Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman. As a member of the advisory board, Long will represent the Second Legislative District, which stretches from southeastern Brookhaven Town to Montauk and includes Shelter Island.
“Mr. Long’s experience and leadership is exceptional and is a reason the Children’s Museum continues to thrive,” Schneiderman said. “I would like to thank him for his willingness to serve on this board.”
Long will serve a three-year term in the uncompensated position.
Citizens Advisory Board for the Arts members suggest, review and recommend arts policies and programs within Suffolk County. The board also reviews funding applications, initiates and develops audience-oriented programs that strengthen the growth of the arts within the county, assists in acquiring outside funding sources for program expansion and plans for future growth, according to Schneiderman’s office.
Long has served as president of the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) since June 2008. Under his leadership, CMEE has increased its attendance by more than 50%, developed partnerships with an array of social service organizations in the community, and diversified its income streams. Long has consulted for dozens of museums around the country, has written about museums and community engagement, and taught courses on museums at New York University and the City College of New York.