The mission of the Northport Arts Coalition is to inspire and support artists, and to promote collaboration and connection within our community. We embrace all creative disciplines, welcome diversity,
and volunteer in the endeavor of planning and sponsoring artistic gatherings. We aspire to bring the arts in all their forms to a varied audience through entertainment, education, and participation.
NAC Executive Board
Executive Director: Amy Connor
Amy comes to NAC with experience in fundraising, management, and special events. A professional performer whose credits include Broadway, national and international tours, she thanks the training she received from Elsa Posey at Posey Dance School for her long and injury-free career. She currently directs plays and musicals in Long Island schools and community theaters. Amy is excited about bringing NAC’s programming to the community and especially at the prospect of introducing young people to the arts. She lives in a vintage home in Northport where she and her husband have raised their three children.
Secretary, Poetry and Spoken Word Director: Linda Trott Dickman
Linda comes to NAC with a lifelong appreciation for poetry. Her background is in both elementary and library education, having taught for forty years in both public and school libraries. She is the author of three books of poetry and has been published in local and international publications. Linda has written poetry with children for over thirty-five years and continues that collaboration in retirement.
Newsletter Coordinator and Webmaster: Sandra Anello-Ciraolo
Sandra Anello-Ciraolo has been a volunteer with NAC since 2011. Over the years she has enjoyed the many roles she has taken on, including board member, webmaster, graphic designer, and participating in Northport Art Walks. Sandra is an artist and art educator. She received a B.A. in Art Education and a M.A. in Art both from Adelphi University.
Music Director: Manny Falzon
Manny is entering his third year with NAC where he’s been booking the Starlight Coffeehouse series for the last two seasons. An avid fan of the leisure life he has attended more than 5,400 sporting events and 1,600 concerts to date. Manny runs the ‘Sunday at 3’ series and the Summer Performing Arts concerts for the Great Neck Park District. He has been living in Elwood with his family for seven wonderful years.
Daniel Paige (former Executive Director)
Dan is a retired Guidance Counselor with a degree in administration, enjoys nature walks, attending artistic events in Northport and listening to music by his two adult sons in Minnesota and New York City. Dan was a NAC volunteer from 2006 to 2011 under the leadership of Executive Director Lauren Paige and became Executive Director from 2012 to 2020. In addition to overseeing the NAC business and its programs, Dan wrote and acquired grants for the Northport ArtWalk, Scudder Park Mural Project, Starlight Coffeehouse and lighting for the Northport Library. He originated the Daniel Gale Art shows, partnered with the Northport Historical Society to continue the Northport ArtWalk, acquired sponsors to offset expenses for Starlight Coffeehouse, ArtWalk and the Village Hall Art Shows, sponsored the Long Island Music and Art Festivals in Northport Park, and partnered with Firefly Artists to produce two Pop Up Art shows in Northport.
Lauren Paige (former Executive Director)
Lauren has an MS in Special Education, was a Suffolk County lead coordinator for the Early Childhood Intervention Programs and began Creative Arts Therapy workshops for special needs students. She has a love of the arts and was so excited to be welcomed onto the NAC board in 2005. She served as Executive Director from 2006 - 2011 and continued on as Assistant Executive Director from 2012-2020. In addition to administrating the business of NAC and overseeing its programs as Executive Director, Lauren wrote grants to expand and diversify the Library programs and to bring classical music to the Plein Air Art events. She organized and directed Art in the Park each year and started the Plein Air events in Northport, which included art auctions at La Mantia Gallery. She originated the Northport ArtWalk, the Wine Tasting Room Art Shows, and the Student Village Hall Art Shows with the Northport School District. She also initiated NAC sponsorship for Reader’s Theater and began sponsorship for Happenings on Main Street.
Tina was a participant, supporter and lover of the visual and performing arts and shared her enjoyment with the wider community. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art, with a BA in fine arts, she taught painting and drawing classes for children in a local community center; and was a vital member of Star Playhouse at Theater 74 in all aspects of its productions. Tina was the Controller of The Children’s Medical Fund of NY, a loving wife and mother, a devoted grandmother, and a 'Jewish Mother' to all.
Poets in Port: Linda Trott Dickman
Happenings on Main Street: Manny Falzon, Vivian Jordan
Starlight Cafe: Manny Falzon
Daniel Gale Art Shows: Kara Curtin