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Long Island’s Gold Coast Arts Center Offers Rich Selection of Outdoors, Virtual Programs

April 25, 2021
On a recent Sunday afternoon under bright sunny skies, Gold Coast Arts students were treated to a fun Graffiti Art workshop led by one of New York’s most renowned graffiti artists, Zimad, and art instructor Jude Amsel. Students learned various techniques and created their own graffiti art from these sold out sessions, held outdoors © Karen Rubin/

Gold Coast Arts is offering a rich schedule of in-person classes and one-day outdoor workshops at the Arts Center at Great Neck Plaza, Long Island.  Adults, families and students of all ages can choose from a variety of disciplines in Art & Technology, Dance, Theater, Chess and more. Virtual options are also available to engage with Gold Coast Arts from home as well as private lessons, pop-up classes and parties specially designed and organized.

Several of the upcoming workshops are ideal for mother’s day gifts. For example:

OUTDOOR FAMILY CERAMICS WORKSHOP: Celebrate Earth Day and Mother’s Day with us! Let the whole family join in on the FUN! Parents, grandparents & kids of all ages are welcome to decorate a beautiful vase using techniques such as stamping, printing and stenciling. We’ll provide a complimentary flower to make it the perfect gift. For all ages. Sunday, May 2 – 12:00-1:00PM

OUTDOOR FAMILY GRAFFITI CERAMICS WORKSHOP: Fire up your creativity! Don’t miss GCAC’s popular one-day ceramic workshops. In this session families will decorate their own plate with graffiti art! For all ages. Sunday, May 2 – 1:30-2:30PM

FLASHBACK FRIDAY OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT – May 7: Gold Coast International Film Festival kicks off its outdoor movie series with a drive-in screening of FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, starting Matthew Broderick. This 1980’s classic hit is the perfect start to Mother’s Day weekend. GCIFF is also partnering with local restaurants to offer special take-out “Drive-In” specials that audiences attending the movie can take advantage of.  Several of Gold Coast’s non-profit community partners will be celebrated at this event including Landmark on Main Street, PW Hearts and Sid Jacobson JCC. Sponsors of this special event include The Bristal, Neiman Marcus, New Country Lexus of Great Neck and the Town of North Hempstead. More information about this event can be found at

THE PRINCIPLES OF FICTIONAL WRITING – May 16: Meet critically-acclaimed author Sandra Kitt and celebrate the release of her new novel WINNER TAKES ALL with this exclusive workshop for adults.  Whether you are a serious writer or write as a hobby, Ms. Kitt will host a lively roundtable discussion on what writing entails, from concept to published novel.  A complimentary autographed copy of her new novel is included with the workshop. Read more about Sandra Kitt and the workshop by visiting

On a recent Sunday afternoon under bright sunny skies, students were treated to a fun Graffiti Art workshop led by one of New York’s most renowned graffiti artist, Zimad.  Students learned various techniques and created one-of-a-kind graffiti art from these sold out sessions. 

There’s still time to register for May and June workshops including painting for teens and adults focusing on landscapes and the artist Gustav Klimt, as well as two family ceramic workshops that celebrates Earth Day and Mother’s Day by making beautiful vases and graffiti art plates.  Yoga classes are also available indoors and lucky participants take home a complimentary yoga mat, courtesy of Neiman Marcus, Garden City.  

For Summer 2021, Gold Coast Arts brings back the ever-popular in-person camp for ages 6-14, starting on June 28.  Learn from experts in their field in programs such as Cartooning, Musical Theatre, Dance and more.  There’s also virtual camp in Coding and Chess offered the week of August 23.  In-person Art and Dance classes are available for kids and evening classes offered just for adults focuses on Ceramics and Painting.  Classes are small for individualized attention as well as for the safety and well-being of visitors and staff.

STUDENT ART SHOW has just opened. Gold Coast Arts celebrates the work of their talented students ages 4-17 with a special art show inside the gallery of the Arts Center. The exhibit is open to the public at a reduced capacity or by appointment only. 

The Gold Coast Arts Center, located at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, Long Island (entrance from Maple Avenue parking lot), is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the Long Island and greater New York community for over 20 years and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. Since its founding in 1995, over 100,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have taken advantage of classes, live performances, programs, workshops, films and art exhibits.

For information on the School for the Arts and all Gold Coast Arts programs visit or call 516-829-2570.

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