RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature voted to authorize IR 1118-18 which provides funding for cultural programs throughout Suffolk County at the March 6th General Meeting. Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco secured $30,000 in funding for two arts projects in Patchogue Village that will drive tourism to the area and further enhance Patchogue’s status as a cultural hub in Suffolk County.$25,000 will go to the Patchogue Arts Council for the “E Pluribus Unum” project. It will be on display from May through December at multiple venues in downtown Patchogue and will use visual arts, dance, music, film and video to celebrate the concept of unity from diversity.An additional $5,000 was awarded to the Patchogue Arts Council to fund "2018 imPACtful Connections: Island-Wide Networking for Creatives". The program will identify 20 - 25 visual artists living and working on Long Island giving them the opportunity to display their work in a new area in Suffolk County where their work has not been previously seen. Each artist receives five minutes to present images & discuss their work. There will then be 5 additional events around Suffolk County.“Patchogue continues to grow as a cultural destination of Suffolk County and I am proud to support that by helping to fund projects like these,” said Calarco.Lori Devlin is a trustee on the Patchogue Arts Council and the appointee for the 7th Legislative District to the Citizen’s Advisory Board that recommended the grants. "Patchogue is fortunate to have many talented individuals who have given so much of their time and energy over the years to create a supportive environment for the arts. Without the support of Suffolk County through their cultural arts funding it would not have been possible to achieve the current level of success."