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ArtsWestchester Awarded $49,500 Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Grant for Major Public Art Project in White Plains
New York artist Amanda Browder will adorn ArtsWestchester’s White Plains building in fabric sewn at events throughout Westchester and Rockland
Photo and Credit: Amanda Browder’s “Spectral Locus” covered three prominent buildings in Buffalo in 2016. This site was a church built in the 1800s. Photo credit: Tom Loonan.
White Plains, N.Y. (December 20, 2018) – ArtsWestchester today announced it is the proud recipient of a $49,500 Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Grant that will help New York artist Amanda Browder to create a major work of participatory public art in downtown White Plains.
The playful artwork will be a colorful, quilt-like textile that will adorn ArtsWestchester’s nine-story landmarked building on Mamaroneck Avenue. Browder will design and fabricate the artwork working with ArtsWestchester to organize fabric drives, public sewing days and block parties throughout Westchester and Rockland counties.
“This project is just so exciting and will do so much to advance the Hudson Valley’s ‘Live, Work, Play’ philosophy,” said Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “Visitors will be drawn to White Plains from near and far, creating an arts happening and instilling pride among the hundreds of community volunteers who will have a hand in the project’s making.” She continues, “Public art has the remarkable ability to enliven downtowns and infuse the extraordinary into everyday life. We are over the moon and thank the Mid-Hudson REDC for recognizing the importance of public art.”
The artwork is expected to be on view for up to six weeks beginning in early Fall 2019. For more information about this and other exciting art happenings, please be sure to visit artswestchester.org, sign up for the weekly Arts(e)Newsletter and follow ArtsWestchester on social media.
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 provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. 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 in downtown White Plains.