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Honoring RICH RIVKIN as a recipient of the "2013 Outstanding Advocate for the Arts Award" presented by the LI Arts Council at Freeport, March 13th, 6pm to 8pm, at Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center, Garden City, NY


Mar 31, 2013 – 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530 Map

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Recipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for the Arts Award"

The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport recently named Rich Rivkin as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS AWARD.  Rich will be honored on Wednesday, March 13th at Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of the arts on Long Island.

Please help support Rich in his goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.

Proceeds support the Long Island Art Council at Freeport's important programs and services for the children and families of the region! 

A summary of Rich Rivkin's outstanding list of accomplishments:

A passion for live music and art has been the driving inspiration for Rich Rivkin who, since 2000, has been creating and producing innovative live events which take place at some of Long Island’s most scenic locations.

Rich’s events combine Live Painting with Live Music and have brought together a large number of musicians, artists, spectators and familiar faces who share common interest, and a tangible sense of community. The result has been more than just spectacular entertainment and new friendships as ongoing opportunities for advancement of the arts continue to materialize and expand for many of the participants.

The Rich Rivkin Presents brand has emerged as Long Island’s most prolific producer of Live Painting/Live Music events, featuring more than one-hundred regional artists who speed-paint to the inspiration of the music and audience interaction. A uniquely magical vibe takes hold as the artists’ brush strokes are directly influenced by the band’s music – which in turn engages the audience in a fun, human-feedback loop that fires up the musicians and stimulates the painters; an organic, interactive, multi-sensory experience for all.

As of 2012 Rich has produced a total of nineteen not-for-profit/benefit festivals, and hundreds of indoor events. His multi-themed Summer Arts Festival Series 2013 will be hosted at four North Shore waterfront parks, and feature legions of artists painting to the music of dozens of live bands.

In addition to his focus on the arts, Rich is the father of two teenagers; and also holds the role of president at Enviro-Disposal Group in Greenlawn, NY, which specializes in recycling of contaminated soil.

He is manager and conga drummer in the jazz fusion band, Fusion Collective which has been performing on Long Island since 2005. Rich is also founder of Djembe Movement, an active community of hand drummers, dancers and artists who gather for drumming/art events.

Rich Rivkin’s events include:

  • The Long Island Sound & Art Festival
  • Live Art Fusion
  • Grateful Fest
  • Live Art Drum & Dance Fest
  • Woodstock Revival at Sands Point
  • Marley Fest
  • North Shore Blues Festival
  • Jamboozi Festival
  • Starlight Jazz & Arts Festival
  • Elwoodstock Acoustic Music Festival

Host venues include:

  • The Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport, NY
  • Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
  • Northport Village Park, Northport, NY
  • Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point, NY
  • Elwood Park, Elwood, NY

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The 2013 ADVOCATES FOR THE ARTS AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center.  To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or






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