ArtsWestchester’s Arts Ambassadors program allows those who are passionate about the arts to volunteer for a local arts nonprofit. In fact, these volunteer roles actively assist ArtsWestchester’s ability to support other area arts groups, including nonprofit organizations, school programs, cultural sites, and helps individual artists in the development of their programs and practices.
Arts Ambassadors are community volunteers who value the arts and understand the role that the arts play in enriching lives and building communities. As Field Representatives, they are asked to visit cultural programs throughout the county, such as exhibitions, performances afterschool teen programs, community festivals or workshops, where Ambassadors will document and report on their experiences. Or, they may help to collect data that will later be used to make a compelling case for financial support of the cultural sector. Other volunteer roles can include office and administrative support. These opportunities are flexible based on the organization’s needs, but also the volunteer’s interests.
The list of Arts Ambassadors keeps growing and the organization welcomes new applications.
Meanwhile, meet the most recent Arts Ambassadors:
Natalia Brito Blanca is a student at Pace University in White Plains after recently coming from the Universidad Iberoamericano Puebla, where her studies included international business marketing, human resources, finance, micro- and macro-economics, photography and Mexican business law. Her interests include photography, helping others, social media, marketing, international relations and travel.
Diane Castle Feuer lives in White Plains and joins the Arts Ambassadors program with strong administrative, marketing and sales skills. She also worked with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as an Awareness Volunteer and participated with the Special Education Committee (Chappaqua) as a Parent/Student Advocate.
Pamela Lucero from New Rochelle recently received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts & Science at City College of New York. She is the Senior Executive Assistant, Operations at 1100 Architect, and also volunteers at the Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye.
Gregory McBride from Croton-on-Hudson is a retired limousine driver with over 15 years of driving, security and office management experience. He worked with a variety of clients, meeting their diverse needs with professionalism and resourcefulness.
Brianna Palermo, a student at SUNY Purchase, received the Purchase College Athletics Female Player of the Year (2022) award. She is a member of the student Athletic Advisory Committee and administers SUNY Purchase Softball’s social media platform.
Inna Proudnikov from Cortlandt Manor is a Food Service Equipment Coordinator with the NYC Department of Education Office of School Food and Nutrition Services. Additional volunteer experiences have been Montefiore Medical Center, Nutrition and Food Service Department, and the Hospital of Joint Diseases, Nutrition and Food Service Department.
Yana Rolnik from Thornwood worked at Shapiro Art Auctions, LLC. and the Carriage Trade Gallery, both in New York, and was a 2010-2011 Curatorial Fellow at the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College. She has 20+ years working in Technical Project and Program Management for Compliance Solutions Strategies. She speaks fluent Russian and Ukrainian.
Doryn Wallach resides in Dobbs Ferry and is a creative who, among other gifts, received the 2019 Design Excellence Award in Fine Jewelry from The Accessories Council. She is the creator of a successful podcast that has been ranked #5 on the Apple Parenting Podcast List.