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Arts Leaders Discuss Reopening and Recovery of the Arts in Westchester

ArtsWestchester, along with Caramoor CEO Jeff Haydon and Clay Art Center Director Emily Peck, organized a recent planning meeting via Zoom, which brought together arts organizations and local county and state officials to discuss the gradual reopening of the arts in Westchester. More than 50 arts organizations joined together with New York State Senator Shelley Mayer, Assemblywoman Amy R. Paulin, New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus, Director of Westchester County Office of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons, Director of Westchester County Tourism Natasha Caputo and The Business Council of Westchester President & CEO Marsha Gordon to discuss how the arts industry can safely and successfully reopen in the coming weeks and months.

Westchester County Task Force Includes Arts Representation

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam was among those chosen for Westchester County’s Reopening Task Force, which was announced by County Executive George Latimer to help local businesses deal with the process of reopening after the state’s recent lockdown. The group will focus on a variety of vital economic sectors, including healthcare, labor, hospitality and the arts, for which representatives will provide valuable input from the field. According to Latimer’s announcement, the group will “advance the interests of local businesses in the post-coronavirus economy and find solutions to problems that are encountered during the recovery period.” Each representative is communicating with businesses and nonprofits in their sector about best practices and providing guidance
to help facilitate a successful reopening process.

A version of this article first appeared in the July issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at

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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.