Healing With Improv: An Essay by Denise Bessette

I’ve been a Teaching Artist with ArtsWestchester for many years. Originally, a neighbor who was running the Phelps Hospital Continuing Day Treatment Program in Ossining asked me to consider teaching an acting workshop for adults with mental illness. At first, I was hesitant; then my curiosity got the better of me. I hoped to test … Read More »

Visions 2021: The Artist Unmasked

For more than 35 years, a partnership between ArtsWestchester and the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health has provided art services and residencies to people with chronic mental illnesses. This has allowed these individuals to participate in hands-on art workshops and enjoy live performances. This month, the two organizations, along with Rockland Psychiatric Center, … Read More »

Scenes of Rye Explored in Benefit Exhibition

      Not only does the new exhibition at the Rye Free Reading Room display the colorful abstract oil paintings of accomplished artist Ellen Liman, but full proceeds made from the exhibition’s sales also benefit the library directly. According to Liman, a longtime resident of Rye, the donated proceeds are “a small token of … Read More »