50th anniversary of Rockaway Music And Arts


Rockaway Music & Arts Council is 50 Years Old!

Rockaway Music and Arts Council  celebrated its 50th anniversary in the Beaux Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday evening, September 10, 2005

   The Brooklyn Museum’s Beaux-Arts Court was the setting for Rockaway Music & Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. The occasion honored Helen Bartwink and Barbara Eisenstadt for their unselfish dedication to the organization for the past fifty years.

   Rockaway Music and Arts Council was Helen Bartwink’s brainchild conceived when she attended a lecture given by the late humorist, Sam Levenson. The idea was bolstered when Helen played host  to a famous South American concert pianist, Dirce Bauer of Brazil, who she graciously allowed to practice on her grand piano in preparation for a performance at Town Hall.  Mr. Levenson, along with many guests, was invited to attend the performance—and the rest is history.

   Barbara Eisenstadt has been president of RMAC for the last fifteen years. Twenty-two years ago she created the now-popular Rockaway Music and Arts Annual Fall Festival, which features art, crafts, music, and family fun. She is also responsible for the highly successful Sunset Picnic Concert Series held every summer in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. Barbara is also responsible for bringing the Music Memory Program of the Riverside Symphony to the school children of the Rockaways. Her creativity and devotion has made RMAC a premier cultural organization.