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Long Island High School for the Arts named as finalist in Long Island Imagine Awards

Students dance in studio
Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts students during one of their performances.

The Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) was named a Finalist in the Arts & Culture category in The 5th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards. The Long Island Imagine Awards was created to offer formal acknowledgement to some of Long Island’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event attracted over 400 attendees from the nonprofit and business communities and an even larger crowd is expected this year.

Winners will be announced live at an awards gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Tuesday, May 2. Nominated organizations, their constituents and the Long Island business community are expected to attend.

More than 175 entries were submitted for consideration in five categories, including Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact and (new) Arts & Culture. LIHSA is one of four finalists in the Arts & Culture category.

LIHSA, a half-day program, is the only public arts high school program that serves students from throughout Long Island. Over the past four decades, LIHSA school has been a home and training ground for talented young artists who are actively and passionately exploring the exciting worlds of dance, drama, filmmaking, instrumental & vocal music, musical theatre, theater technology and visual arts.

“We are incredibly proud to be a finalist for the Imagine Award,” said Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Robert R. Dillon. “There’s no place like LIHSA. Every day, our students enter a truly unique learning environment where for two and a half hours they are immersed in their arts field. They’re studying with students just as committed to a career in the arts as they are and learning from multiple instructors who are all practicing professionals.”

Finalists were chosen by Long Island business professionals during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Distinguished Judging Panel selected the Imagine Awards winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in The Long Island Imagine Awards is an important achievement,” said Ken Cerini, Founder of the Long Island Imagine Awards. “It means that the Organization has been identified as a leader on Long Island, exhibiting impactful and innovative operations. Congratulations to all of the Finalists on their achievement.”

Details about Long Island Imagine Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at