ArtsWestchester is taking public art to new heights – literally!

As the official County-designated arts council, ArtsWestchester is commissioning New York State textile artist Amanda Browder to create a monumental work of participatory public art. Browder will design and fabricate a colorful, quilt-like textile sculpture with help from local residents. The sculpture will be draped from the top of ArtsWestchester’s historic 9-story historic building in downtown White Plains and will be on display for six weeks, beginning May 2020.

Browder’s installations bring communities together at every level of their making. Fabric is donated by local residents and constructed and sewn by individuals, families, and community groups from the area. The resulting work is a celebration of locality, community, and sustainability. In Browder’s own words, “The overarching goal is to involve individuals and groups in the mystery of creation. Volunteerism of local citizens and artists is a segue to creating familiarity in contemporary art as well as the individual nature of the neighborhood itself.”

The outdoor textile-sculpture at ArtsWestchester will be accompanied by an indoor gallery exhibition that spotlights the community’s participation in the making of the artwork. The exhibition features photo and video documentation of the project’s multiple stages, and presents personal reflections and oral histories of community members as they explore the meaning that textile arts have played in their and their family’s lives.

Help ArtsWestchester & artist Amanda Browder create a colorful fabric sculpture that will wrap ArtsWestchester’s 9-story historic building in spring 2020!

Here are 4 ways for YOU to get involved!

MAKE A GIFT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Help ArtsWestchester underwrite the costs of this monumental sculpture commission. We need your support to match a state grant of $50K to make our vision a reality.

DONATE FABRIC

We need bright, colorful fabrics. Materials should be cotton, poly, canvas, rayon, or velvet — anything that is non-stretchy and opaque. Donation pieces should be larger than 1′ in one direction. We will also take sewing machine donations!

VOLUNTEER TO PIN & SEW

Participate in a public sewing day and help put the pieces together! No sewing experience in needed. There’s a task for everyone!

BECOME A PROJECT AMBASSADOR

Enlist in the corps of project ambassadors who will help get the word out and facilitate the art-marketing.

Interested in getting involved?
Get in touch!
Will Bermingham
[email protected]

Fundraising & Sponsorships
Contact
Kathleen Reckling
Director of Public Progams
[email protected]

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Neighborhood Fabric Drives
November – January 2020

  • DONATE fabric at one of our designated sites
  • MEET other local fabric-arts lovers and enthusiasts over tea, coffee and snacks
  • SHARE your stories about sewing/stitching with our staff folklorist

Public Sewing Days
January – April 2020

  • PIN & SEW stripes or shapes for large sculpture design
  • CONNECT with local fabric-arts lovers and enthusiasts over tea, coffee and snacks
  • SHARE your stories about sewing/stitching with our staff folklorist

ABOUT AMANDA BROWDER

Amanda Browder is a Brooklyn-based installation artist known for her large-scale fabric installations on building exteriors and other public sites. Her work incorporates donated materials and local volunteers, creating site-specific art. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Transformation Fellowship from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

This project is made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.