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ArtsWestchester Announces Six Notable Winners to Receive 2023 Arts Award

Contact: Ernie Garcia


ArtsWestchester Announces Six Notable Winners

to Receive 2023 Arts Award

April 19 Event to Celebrate Individuals and Organizations

who Have Enriched the Cultural Life of the County 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (February 7, 2023) – ArtsWestchester will present its 2023 Arts Award to six individuals and organizations that have enriched the county’s cultural life.

The honorees will be spotlighted at ArtsWestchester’s annual Arts Awards Luncheon at the Brae Burn Country Club on Wednesday, April 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The 2023 Arts Awardees are:

  • Samara Joy, a rising American jazz singer who on Sunday won two Grammy Awards for best new artist and best vocal jazz album;
  • Carole Alexis of Ballet des Amériques in White Plains, an internationally recognized dance choreographer presenting world-class performances;
  • Georgette Gouveia of White Plains, a seasoned writer covering the local cultural landscape with insight and information;
  • Farooq Kathwari of New Rochelle, President and CEO of Ethan Allen, An international humanitarian and business leader who has pursued artistic excellence and social justice throughout his career;
  • Westchester Children’s Chorus in Larchmont, recognized for their choral education and performance opportunities for students from grades 1 to 12;
  • The Picture House Regional Film Center in Pelham and Bronxville, a visionary organization bringing the best of filmmaking to the Westchester community.

“As audiences return to theaters, museums and film houses, there has never been a better time than now to recognize the comeback the arts have made and to celebrate our cultural stars,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam. “If you love the arts, it’s time to support them. Buy a ticket. Become a member. Make a donation. Westchester’s cultural treasures can be found throughout the county. Don’t miss out on all they have to offer.”

Two additional awards to be announced at the Arts Award April 19 event include:

  • The Advancing Equity Award: This award will recognize an individual artist and a non-profit cultural organization that serves residents of Westchester and demonstrates exemplary leadership in advancing social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility through and in the arts.
  • The Larry Salley Photography Award: This award was established in 2018 by ArtsWestchester, the African American Men of Westchester and the Salley family to celebrate the life and artistic achievements of Lawrence “Larry” C. Salley, an active member of the Westchester community.

Every year, leaders from Westchester’s arts and business community gather to applaud the stellar accomplishments of ArtsWestchester’s Arts Award winners. The popular spring event recognizes artists, cultural organizations, patrons and landmark institutions that enrich the cultural life of the County, its communities and its citizens. This year’s luncheon will bring together the arts community after difficult few years at a well-deserved celebration of the arts on April 19 at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase. For tickets and more info: https://artswestchester.org/arts-award-celebration/  There will be a Reception & Boutique beginning at 11:30am with the Luncheon & Awards at 12:30pm.

The proceeds of the 2023 Arts Award Luncheon will benefit ArtsWestchester’s cultural programs and services.

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue. Artsw.org