The organization aims to make Glen Cove the region’s ‘Mecca of art and innovation’

A new effort is underway to elevate Glen Cove as an arts destination, bringing economic growth to the town.

Now that First City Project Collective has achieved non-profit status, the organization aims to transform Glen Cove into a “Mecca of art and innovation”. It seeks to provide new opportunities for artists to show their talent.

A launch celebration for the next phase of the organization is planned for mid-July.

The organization got its start in 2017, when Martino Auto Concept owners and philanthropists Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer transformed the circa 1810 Coles House in Glen Cove into a kaleidoscopic street art exhibit. He has since organized community events, including last fall’s Arts and Automobiles exhibit at RXR Village Square, as well as a pop-up art gallery and several holiday events.

“FCP Collective aims to begin a dialogue with the community where a balance can be achieved through a new medium of art and a new spirit of creativity that can rise alongside traditional values ​​within Long Island’s premier city,” LaPadula, the founder, president and chairman of the board of First City Project Collective, said in a statement.

Plans are underway to hold a mix of live art events and walks, mural projects, student art classes, artisan cooking events, art-themed shops, popups at Coles House, and more. The idea is to create “a welcoming place where people flock to see not just great street art”, attracting both locals and tourists, according to a press release from the organization.

“First City Project Collective seeks to become a catalyst for cultural energy in the town of Glen Cove by developing public arts and cultural activities to celebrate our community, bring positivity and artistic vibrancy to the neighborhood, and engage the youth of the city ​​through parks, recreation and arts programs,” said Soojin Kim, co-founder who is also director of programs and special events and vice chairman of the board of directors, in a statement.

“FCP Collective aims to strengthen the identity of the neighborhood to strengthen economic development, stimulate tourism, educate and enrich the spirit and pride of Glen Cove,” added Kim.

Also on the Board of Directors are Holzer, as Chief Operating Officer; CPA and former Glen Cove Councilor Michael Norman, Council Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer; Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Advocacy Director and Board Secretary; and former Glen Cove Councilor Rocco Totino, Director of Philanthropy and Legal Counsel.

“Not only does embracing the arts enrich our minds, broaden our horizons and nourish our souls, but art has the power to make a town like Glen Cove a destination for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in an atmosphere of creativity” , DeRiggi-Whitton said in a statement.

“That’s why I’m so excited to be part of the First City Project Collective and all the promise it holds to make Glen Cove an even more thriving and vibrant place to live, work, play and raise a family,” she said. added.