Our Mission

The mission of the Fire Island Pines Arts Project, a non-profit organization, is to be integral to the creative life of our community and to aspire, through the production of accessible quality performing and fine arts events and activities, to reflect and encourage our community’s cultural vitality.


A History of the Arts Project


The Fire Island Pines Arts Project has a long history of promoting and highlighting the arts – both its enthusiasts and its practitioners. Sylvan Cole and David Baker founded FIPAP over 25 years ago offering musical revues and shows which tapped into the wealth of artistic talent attracted to the Pines. From that beginning FIPAP grew to produce and present an even greater variety of performing arts events and in 1985 introduced the first of its celebrated Biennial Art Shows featuring local visual artists. The Arts Project’s range of events continued to grow to include live performances by renowned musicians, singers, and comedians, curated film exhibitions, and artist salons. FIPAP offers cooking classes taught by Pines chefs and hosted its first Arts and Design show. FIPAP also has a proud record of supporting and contributing to other Pines organizations and has been a key contributor to the building and furnishing of the Whyte Hall Community Center.


FIPAP Board of Directors

  • Steven Alan Black, President
  • Mark Ricigliano, Vice President
  • Nicole LaFountaine, Treasurer
  • Laura Hartstein, Secretary
  • Andre Almeida, Board Member
  • George Entio, Board Member
  • Robert Innes, Board Member
  • Judith Kingman, Board Member
  • David Kneuss, Board Member
  • Nicholas Politis, Board Member
  • Barbara Sahlman, Board Member
  • Michael Savino, Board Member
  • Jim Vandernoth, Board Member
  • Lenny Vanella, Board Member
  • Ariadne C. Villarreal, Board Member
  • Mark Watson, Board Member
  • Glen Wielgus, Board Member

Fire Island Pines Arts Project Legacy Board

  • Scott Bromley
  • Lou Bullock
  • David Radcliffe
  • Albert Russo
  • Gilbert Parker

Fire Island Pines Arts Project Emeritus Board

  • Mary Cole
  • Sylvan Cole
  • Tony LaRocco
  • Jack Lichtenstein
  • Rita Lichtenstein
  • Susan Willis