The art of learning at Gold Coast Arts Center

The Island Now

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the not-for-profit Gold Coast Arts Center, located in Great Neck welcomed teachers from Saddle Rock Elementary School as they played the part of students at a unique Teacher Professional Development Day.

Over 75 teachers spent the morning enjoying hands-on interactive ceramics workshops with renowned ceramics artist and longtime Gold Coast Arts faculty member, Jude Amsel. They learned about the many programs run by the Arts Center for students, teachers, families and adults.

Among these programs are Gold Coast’s customized arts education outreach initiatives developed in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and the National Gallery of Art; and the Arts Center’s popular Art Gallery Tours which pair docent-guided walk-throughs of its gallery exhibits followed by hands-on art workshops.

The teachers also learned about the Arts Center’s scholarship program for talented and deserving students throughout the region. Teacher recommendations have helped many students receive scholarship grants at the Gold Coast Arts Center. For more information about all of Gold Coast Arts offerings and to schedule a creative and fun outing for your staff and employees, email school director Ellen Schiff at or call 516-829-2570.

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