Arts, business partnerships stressed at Suffolk Theater event

Downtown Riverhead, Suffolk theater, first event
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Business, arts and community and elected leaders packed the Suffolk Theater’s first event Thursday.

Corporate partnerships with the arts help local businesses flourish, said Americans for the Arts representative Emily Peck at a business and arts forum Thursday morning.

“When you partner with local arts, you partner with the city,” Ms. Peck said in her keynote speech at the Suffolk Theater’s “Art Means Business” forum.

The meeting, attended by dozens of arts groups, East End businesses and government officials, was the first event held in the Suffolk Theater since remodeling efforts began.

Attendees sat in the main theater room, surrounded by old images of the theater and construction equipment cleared out of the way to hold the event.

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