By Janee Law
The Heckscher Park Museum of Art in Huntington will be receiving a $25,000 donation later this month towards its art program that offers high school students the opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the museum.
The donation, which come later this month, will be made by department store chain Neiman Marcus, which is planning to open its first-ever Long Island location on Feb. 19 in Garden City at the Roosevelt Field shopping mall.
"The Heckscher Museum of Art is very pleased to have been selected as a Neiman Marcus beneficiary,” said Michael Schantz, executive director of the Heckscher Museum of Art, which is located at 2 Prime Ave.
Schantz said the donation will help fund the museum's annual Long Island’s Best showcase, which is a “juried exhibition of artwork by high school students from Nassau and Suffolk counties.”
“The quality of work by these students is outstanding,” Schantz said. “The museum strongly believes in its role as a vital educational resource for the Long Island community.”
The deadline for students to enter this year’s program is Feb. 26, and it will open to the public on April 9, Schantz said.
Ginger Reeder, vice president of corporate communications at Neiman Marcus Group Services, said the company typically donates to local communities whenever it opens a new store. In 2013, she said, the company began donating to organizations that provide arts education and opportunities to young adults.
Reeder said the company was attracted to Heckscher’s already-established program and “knew that we could actually make a difference with our donation.”
“We were specifically looking for arts institutions that had programs already in place so that we were not starting from scratch,” Reeder said. “So we could help them continue the good work that they’re doing already in the community.”
Neiman Marcus will also donate an additional $25,000 to the Nassau County Museum of Art, which is located in Roslyn.