A Non Profit Performing Art Center
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
(Will Rogers)On November 4th,2009 beloved dog of Michael Rothbard and Kathie Bodily, Cleo, joined Michael in the loving embrace of the cosmos. She lived a full life, in her last days surrounded by family and friends- a joy to the end. She will rest in peace with Michael...faithful companions on a journey together.
Executive Director and guiding light Michael Rothbard passes away
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of IMAC
Theater's Executive Director and guiding light Michael Rothbard.
Please join us for a celebration of the life of Michael Rothbard on:
Monday November 2nd, 2009
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (UUFH)
Internment will follow immediately at Huntington Rural Cemetery 555 New York Ave
In lieu of flowers & gifts, Kathie wishes donations to be made:
The Michael Rothbard Young Musicians Scholarship
Checks & money-orders made payable to:
32 Crescent Drive
Huntington, NY 11743
If you would like to pay your condolences to Kathie & the family, please feel free to stop by:
Tuesday November 3rd 2-4pm, 7-9pm
Wednesday November 4th 2-4pm, 7-9pm
Thursday November 5th 2-4pm, 7-9pm
32 Crescent Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
Michael Rothbard, co-founder of the Inter Media Art Center (IMAC) in 1974 with Kathie Bodily and a dynamic force in the cultural life of Long Island for the past 34 years, passed away suddenly this morning (Oct. 30th) at Huntington Hospital.
Born in Brooklyn in 1946, Michael was an independent video producer before
pursuing his vision of establishing a space where artists in all media could
create and showcase their work. This vision evolved from a small media
access center in the basement of a home in Halesite to an abandoned movie
Before closing its doors this past June, IMAC had inspired many imitators, but none could reproduce the spirit that made IMAC so special. That spirit was Michael, whose enthusiasm, generosity, ingenuity and indomitable energy embraced IMAC’s crew, audience, performers and especially Kathie, his loving partner.
Michael is survived by his perfect mate, Kathie Bodily, Cleo, their Golden
Retriever, his sister, Lynn Carr and his niece, Melody Carr.
IMAC leaves the Huntington Theater
First, Kathie, our staff, Cleo and I want to thank the many patrons who have enjoyed so many of their favorite artists at the IMAC Theater over the years.
An old, decaying building with too many flaws to continue to manage, exponentially raising costs and declining support have brought us to the conclusion that it is time to move out of the building that have been renting for 26 years and pursue a new mission.
IMAC has been a pioneering organization since its inception 36 years ago when we became one of the 13 original Media Art Centers. Our mission was to establish a professional video production facility to serve Artists, non-profit organizations and independent producers from Long Island in an attempt to facilitate a whole new range of television productions that never existed before.
In 1983, IMAC was the first on Long Island to turn an abandoned theater into a non-profit performing arts center whose mission was to present a wide range of music not normally found on Long Island. In the last few years, a number of townships have revitalized their abandoned theater “eye-sores” into successful venues and a number of universities are regularly presenting programming echoing the IMAC model. Now the music and artists that we first brought to Long Island can be found at many of the new venues and we feel we are not pioneering any longer.
IMAC has decided to broaden its mission and return to its pioneering roots in a number of ways. One of our new directions will involve using electronic media to better connect audiences with venues in ways that will help increase revenues to venues and connect patrons to venues in new and easy ways. Additionally, IMAC will be available for a wide variety of arts consulting projects.
Huntington has been revered as a cultural Mecca for well over two hundred years. It’s obvious that a world class town like Huntington, being the “Little Apple”, needs a world class theater. Toward that end IMAC and the Huntington Town Supervisor, Frank Petrone will explore the possibilities of bringing back a state of the art performing arts center to Huntington.
Please stay in touch. Visit our site from time to time to see what’s going on and feel free to email us at [email protected].
Michael, Kathie, Cleo and the staff
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For the 2nd year in a row!!!!
The Inter-Media Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit Media and Performing Arts Center whose programs and services are supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency), Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs and the Town of Huntington. IMAC also gratefully acknowledges support from
Branch Financial Services and Olivia and