LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences Honored by State Legislature

Jun 20, 2018
File Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies will celebrate 70 years in July and recently received a joint legislative resolution from the state Senate and General Assembly for its “70 years of steadfast dedication to the arts, sciences, and environmental sustainability.”

The resolution was put forward by state Sen. Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brain Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove and signed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

The resolution notes that the LBIF is highly esteemed in the Garden State, serves thousands of youths and adults every year, offers a wide range of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, live music, eco-science presentations, and fitness, tennis, and yoga classes, plus is steward of a nature trail and wetlands environment on its 21-acre campus.

It further noted that the “LBIF has grown into a year-round organization that has stimulated growth in the region by attracting visitors from the tri-state area and beyond.”

“It is altogether fitting and proper for the members of this Legislature to pause in their deliberations to acknowledge the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, and to commend its heartfelt efforts to improve the quality of life in the Garden State.”

Boris Blai, a student of sculptor August Rodin and founding dean of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, founded the LBIF in 1948. He envisioned a facility that would foster individuals and their talents. Since its first season, the Foundation has committed itself to the enhancement of the creative arts and the physical sciences, and continues to carry on the vision of its founder by providing the community with a cultural, creative meeting place for year-round learning, exploration and enlightenment.

A “Birthday Bash” on July 7 at the Foundation will mark the facility’s 70th anniversary.  —P.J.



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