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ArtsMobile’s Season Served 2,000 Participants

ArtsWestchester’s ArtsMobile program offers easily accessible arts activities to the public, with a focus on communities and populations that have little to no access to the arts. As such, it brings the arts to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience it, no matter their age or ability.

Whether participants are seasoned artists or their ArtsMobile experience provides them with their first time holding a paintbrush, these workshops create an encouraging environment that  nurtures their natural creative impulses.

“What we’ve observed over time is that these programs are absorbed on varying levels…,” says Michael Keough, ArtsWestchester’s ArtsMobile Coordinator. He explains: “We’ve received feedback in different forms: kids and families have fun, seniors feel relaxed, and our work with disabled populations reaffirms our belief that interactive art experiences can improve one’s ability to
express themselves.”

In just this past season – from late-February through October – ArtsMobile included visual arts activities like painting, ceramics and  printmaking, as well as interactive music or dance activities. “Every participant leaves with both a piece of art they created and a lasting memory of the experience.”

This year, the ArtsMobile served more than 2,000 total participants during 105 workshops in locations throughout the county, including White Plains, Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow, Port Chester and more. The visits included private organizations and public cultural events around Westchester, such as art festivals, block parties and farmer’s markets.

Keough says that since the program began in 2019, he has seen first-hand how beneficial it is to the community: “Programs like this act as an avenue and catalyst for people to connect not only with [ArtsWestchester] but also each other, and to further explore the endless possibilities that the arts have to offer.”

ArtsMobile Locations & Sites Visited in 2022:

Dobbs Ferry
• St. Christopher’s, Inc., Dobbs Ferry Campus
• The Greenburgh Eleven Union Free School District

Hawthorne
• SPARC, Inc.
• Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Union Free School District

Katonah
• Katonah Art Walk

Larchmont
• Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets

Mount Vernon
• Youth Community Outreach Program; Fun Fridays and Summer Programs (several locations)
• Youth Shelter Program of Westchester (several locations)
• The Caring Tree Child Care
• Westchester Roots series at City Hall Plaza
• CityFest 2022
• Wakanda Celebration

New Rochelle
• New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority
• Westhab-Shiloh Senior Residence New Rochelle
• Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets
• First Annual Taste of Union Avenue
• ArtsFest 2022

Ossining
• Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets

Port Chester
• Port Chester Day Camp
• Port Chester Playground Program

Rye
• Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets

Rye Brook
• Cerebral Palsy of Westchester

Sleepy Hollow
• Westchester Roots series at Barnhart Park
• TaSH Farmer’s Market
• Sleepy Hollow Culture Festival
• Alzheimer’s Association’s Bridge Lighting Watch Party at Horan’s Landing

Tarrytown
• The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics

Tuckahoe
• Eastchester Community Action Partnership West Harrison
• St. Christopher’s, Inc., Jennie Clarkson Campus

White Plains
• YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
• White Plains Housing Authority
• SPARC, Inc.
• White Plains Juneteenth Festival
• Westchester Roots at J. Harvey Turnure Memorial Park
• Nights In The Parks at J. Harvey Turnure Memorial Park
• Fair Street USA Fair Housing Block Party at White Plains Library Plaza
• Thomas H. Slater Center
• Nights In The Parks at Gillie Park
• Nights In The Parks at Druss Park
• Nights In The Parks at Battle Hill Park
• Westchester Roots on Court Street
• Calvary Baptist Church Block Party at White Plains Hospital
• Greenburgh Summer Festivals at Washington Avenue Park
• Gardella Day
• JazzFest White Plains on Mamaroneck Avenue
• White Plains Wellness Festival at White Plains Hospital
• White Plains Annual Neighborhood Health Fair at Calvary Baptist Church
• Serious Fun Arts Fest in downtown White Plains
• Love Your Block Grant Program
• White Plains Youth Bureau Harvest Festival at Bethel Garden

Yonkers
• Ridgeway Communities at Ashburton Avenue
• Ridgeway Communities at Warburton Avenue
• Grinton I. Will Public Library
• Scotti Community Center
• Charles Cola Community Center
• The Autism Project school supplies giveaway at The Westchester School