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“Connected “Architect Joins Arts Council of Rockland Board

Local Professional Commits to Fostering Arts in the County

March 15, 2007

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New City  NY -  John Cirilli , AIA has connections all over the county as a result of his position as partner with Michael Shilale Architects, LLP in New City. One of them, Paul Trader, the Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Institute for Nonprofits, is responsible for telling Cirilli about the Arts Council of Rockland. That first introduction quickly led Cirilli to his recent appointment to the board of the Arts Council of Rockland. This involvement is not for the faint of heart. Board members commit to an eight year term, meeting monthly to review new grant applications, make recommendations about other agencies or individuals, attend functions and vote on related business matters.

“After finding out what the Arts Council does to support creative works in dance, media, print and performing arts, and the important role they play in the development of current and new arts initiatives, I was eager to be a part of it,” says Cirilli, whose corporate headquarters is known for showcasing striking examples of outdoor sculpture.

“We’re delighted to have John join the Board,” says Mark Judelson, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “As a visual artist and a professional architect, John brings a fresh eye to our work.”

The Arts Council of Rockland, with offices in Spring Valley, has been promoting and encouraging all forms of artistic disciplines since it’s inception in 1973. The Council hosts exhibitions and awards grant money to various individuals and organizations every year; most recently they divvied up $25,550 between 14 award recipients. Their next big event – the County Executive Art Awards - will be held April 26 at the Riverspace in Nyack. For more information about the Arts Council of Rockland call 845-426-3660 or visit their website at

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP, a trusted architectural engineering firm founded in 1991, serves numerous municipal, commercial, residential and educational clients, covering Manhattan, and Monticello, Sullivan, Orange, Rockland and Nassau counties, in New York, as well as Bergen County, New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,