19 May 2010
New Performing Arts Director
Takes Helm for
45th Annual Huntington
Summer Arts Festival
The Huntington Arts Council is pleased to announce the appointment of John Chicherio as Performing Arts Director. Mr. Chicherio has more than 35 years of not-for-profit management and performing arts experience. Most recently, he was Associate Director at Friends of the Arts and was responsible for production management of the Long Island Summer, Jazz and Beethoven Festivals at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay from 1992-2009. Previous experience included senior management positions at Long Island Cares, the Performing Arts Foundation, and Harlequin Dinner Theatres in Rockville, Md. & Atlanta, Ga.
"We are looking forward to a very successful summer season under John's direction," stated Diana J. Cherryholmes, Huntington Arts Council Executive Director. "His vast range of programming skills guarantees one of the most exciting seasons of performances ever at the Chapin Rainbow Stage."
A long-time Cold Spring Harbor resident, John earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts at C.W. Post College and was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
The 45th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival kicks off on Saturday, June 26 and continues through August 15, with free evenings of theatre, jazz, oldies, classical music, film, blues, world music and much more. The complete line-up will be available June 1 at www.huntingtonarts.org.
Founded in 1963, the Huntington Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization which enriches the quality of life of Long Islanders with programs and services that address the needs and interests of artists, cultural organizations and the community. The Council's programs reach over one million Long Island residents, and it serves the entire region with its cultural listings at www.huntingtonarts.org. The Huntington Arts Council has been designated a "Primary Institution" by the New York State Council on the Arts, a title meaning "vital to the cultural life of New York State." The Council is the official arts coordinating agency for the Town of Huntington, and serves as the primary regranting agency on Long Island for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), in addition to its services to over 600 member cultural organizations and individual artist members.