Coney Island USA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in the
amusement park area of the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn New
York. In existence since 1980, Coney Island USA has developed and produces
a number of different programs including some of New York City’s best
loved summer programming, such as the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island
Circus Sideshow. Coney Island USA also operates the Coney Island Museum
and produces Ask the Experts, Burlesque at the Beach, the Coney Island
Tattoo and Motorcycle Festival, Creepshow at the Freakshow, and the Coney
Island Sideshow School. Coney Island USA also produces the Coney Island
Film Society and the Coney Island Film Festival in association
The purpose of Coney Island USA is to defend the honor of American popular
culture through innovative exhibitions and performances.
The distinct mission of Coney Island USA is to operate a multi-arts center
offering museum and theater programming, thereby leading the cultural
revival of a downtrodden but historic landmark neighborhood. Through an
imaginative and innovative approach combining the performing and visual
arts, Coney Island USA seeks to revitalize the community from which it
takes its name, attracting international recognition and visitors while
providing low-cost services to a mass, working class New York City audience,
including the young and the old, the art and the family oriented. Coney
Island USA interprets the past and experiments with the future of American
popular culture and offers a growing panoply of arts events and exhibitions
rooted in the traditions of P.T. Barnum, vaudeville and Coney Island itself.
Coney Island USA was founded in the belief that 19th century American
popular culture gave birth to a democratic cultural golden age, unique
to this country’s history and indispensable to its future. This
new age not only invented the Broadway musical, it gave the world jazz,
the blues and many new forms of performing and visual arts that emerged
from and looked to the populist masses. Now, limited arts funding tends
to favor the conservative and classical fine arts, underestimating the
seminal qualities of the popular arts, instead abandoning the populist
arts to the mutli-billion dollar mass media industries. But the honky-tonk
subculture that was once uniquely Coney Island has reemerged as a post-modern
trend in entertainment and art. The world is cautiously, slowly, but most
certainly reawakening to the importance of Coney Island in American popular
culture, and what it stands for. Coney Island USA is there to document,
preserve and further the unique arts for the masses, providing national
perspective, professional dedication and quality programming for Coney
Island as it heads into the 21st century.
Coney Island USA is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization
(and a tax deductible charity) founded in 1980 by Costa Mantis, Jane Savitt-Tennen
and Dick D. Zigun. Coney Island USA is governed by a Board of Directors
currently composed of Dick D. Zigun,
Mark Alhadeff, Jeff
Birnbaum, Kate Dale, John di Domenico,
Fred Kahl, Marie Roberts, James Quigley, Betsy Bradley, Sarah Eisinger, Harris Falk, Steve Yaros.
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Coney Island USA is funded, in part, by The Lily Auchincloss Foundation,
the Carnegie Corporation, the Fund for the City of New York; the
Independence Community Foundation, the Lemberg Foundation, the New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Community Trust, the New
York Council for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts,
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, New York City Councilman
Domenic Recchia and our loyal
D. Zigun, Executive Artistic Director - dzigun(at)coneyisland.com
Tim Pendrell, Development Director/Sponsorship - tim(at)coneyisland.com
Rob Leddy, PR/Marketing, Webmaster, Film Festival Director - rob(at)coneyisland.com
Debi Ryan, Controller - debi(at)coneyisland.com
Patrick Wall, House Manager - patrick(at)coneyisland.com
Laure Leber, Gift Shop Manager - laure(at)coneyisland.com
Kate Wirth, Assistant House Manager
Tim Porter, Project Manager
Adam Rinn, Bookings and Rentals - adam(at)coneyisland.com
GENERAL CONTACT INFO
Phone 718-372-5159. This number is for Coney Island USA related business only. For information on other Coney Island attractions, see our Tourist Information page.
Email - info(at)coneyisland.com
Mailing Address - Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11224
We love to have new people in our family! For as little as $35 you can help keep the snakes
fed and help preserve the sideshow, a truly original American art form.
Check out our membership page for more information!
Fine Print: The first $20 of a membership is not tax-deductible but additional
amounts and all outright contributions are deductible to the fullest extent
allowed by law. A copy of the last financial report filed with the Dept.
of State may be obtained by writing to: NY DEPT of STATE, Office of Charities
Registration, Albany, NY 12231.
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