ArtsNews: Westchester Arts Events and Cultural News

ArtsNews is ArtsWestchester’s award-winning monthly publication covering the arts in Westchester.

Welcome to our digital issue of ArtsNews, your source for Westchester-based arts news and events. Read through the issue via the flip-book below, download a PDF version, or click on the article previews below.  Get ArtsNews delivered directly to your inbox, submit your email here!

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IN THIS ISSUE:

The Picture House in Pelham, NY (photo credit: Len Elmer)

The Picture House Expands to Bronxville
The Picture House Regional Film Center was formed in 2003 when it saved a 1920s theater in Pelham from being demolished. Now the organization will save another ‘20s-era theater, this time in Bronxville.

Photo from Bethany Arts Community's Ossining Black History & Culture exhibition (courtesy of Bethany Arts Community)

Westchester Arts Groups Celebrate Black History Month
This month, several arts organizations in Westchester celebrate Black History Month. Each explores varying aspects of history as a reflection of current Black life and experiences.

Chinese New Year

Bringing in the Year of the Tiger
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is a celebration that symbolizes the ending of winter and coming of spring. In Westchester, several organizations will take part in the festivities.

"Squash" by Judy Pfaff (image courtesy of Neuberger Museum of Art)

A History in Printmaking
This tour of works-on-paper from the Neuberger Museum of Art’s permanent collection covers major printmaking methods and answers the questions of both visitors who are new to the printmaking process and those who are seasoned in the topic.

William Logan’s ARC is installed on the Peekskill waterfront (photo courtesy of Hudson Valley MOCA)

Revitalizing Our Downtowns With Art
Two mid-Hudson villages are $10 million closer to rejuvenating their waterfronts and downtown areas after winning Round 5 of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) to boost post-COVID-19 economies. A third community is implementing DRI-funded projects.

Sculpture by Georgi Minchev at 50 Main Street in White Plains (photo credit: Thompson & Bender)

The Arts are Set to Fuel Recovery Efforts in White Plains
The arts are poised to take over downtown White Plains this summer. The state grant will help ArtsWestchester to mount the Serious Fun Arts Festival in July of this year, a four-day celebration of the cultural community where art and music will be present all over White Plains.

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Yonkers Arts: “A Conduit for Local Artists”
Non-profit organization Yonkers Arts has launched both a performance and gallery space and also an artist-in-residence program – all in the name of creating a network and resources for local artists.

This and That by JL: Thoughts of a Cockeyed Optimist
Governor Hochul’s Proposed New York State Executive Budget for Fiscal ‘23 announced level funding for the Arts. ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam gives her thoughts on the matter.

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Congrats to New NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows!
Four Westchester-based artists have received an Artist Fellowship from New York State Council of the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts, an unrestricted cash grant intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development.

106 Arts Groups Joined the Challenge!
Despite a number of ups and downs in the cultural industry these past two years, more than 100 Westchester arts organizations together raised nearly $1.1 million in private and matched support thanks to the Art$WChallenge, administered by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.

(photo: Macall Polay/NETFLIX)

News Briefs: February 2022
Local Yonkers Teen Matilde Steck Publishes First Novel; Applications Open for The Larry Salley Photography Award; Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson Appointed New Chair of National Endowment for the Arts; Gov. Hochul Includes the Arts in State of the State Address; Concordia Conservatory’s Executive Director Receives Milestone Award; Marsha on the Move: tick, tick…BOOM!

The United States and the Dominican Republic by Pepe Coronado was on view in ArtsWestchester's 2015 Crossing Borders exhibition (image courtesy of the artist)

Grant News: February 2022
Percy Grainger Society Receives Conservation Grant; ArtsWestchester Gains Support From National Endowment for the Arts to Display Works by First-Generation Americans; NYCs Sing For Hope Partners with Local School to Pilot New Music Curriculum; Historic Hudson Valley Receives Grant for Graphic Novel About Slavery; and a New Grant Allows Yonkers Library and Hudson River Museum to Strengthen Partnership

Mural created by the participants of the Northwell Health Phelps Hospital Continuing Day Treatment Program (photo courtesy of Phelps Hospital)
Teaching Artist Denise Bessette discusses her experience teaching theater workshops to adults with mental illness through the Phelps Hospital Continuing Day Treatment Program.
Sidra Bell (photo credit: David Flores Productions)
Local Choreographer Sidra Bell Premieres New Work with New York City Ballet; a Call for Hudson Valley Artists for ArtsWestchester’s “Who Writes History?” Exhibition; Katonah Museum of Art Appoints Interim Executive Director; and Marsha on the Move: Coda.
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News Briefs: September 2021
Business Council of Westchester President offers a movie review for “Fatherhood,” sarring Kevin Hart; Jacob Burns Film Center appoints a new executive director; ArtsWestchester’s Director of Folk & Traditional Arts awarded Library of Congress fellowship; A new grant opportunity for artists and arts groups

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How To Get Your Events Listed in the ArtsNews Calendar:
Every issue of ArtsNews features a comprehensive calendar of arts events, exhibitions and workshops taking place throughout Westchester County. Want your events included? Here’s how:

  • First, you need to be a member organization of ArtsWestchester.
  • As a member organization, you will have the ability to post your events and programs to our online events calendar. For instructions on how to post, please visit our step-by-step guide: Adding Art Events Guide.
  • You must post your events online. The deadline for each issue is the 5th of the previous month. (For example: for inclusion in the March 2016 issue, all events that take place in March must be posted to the online calendar by February 5).

That’s all there is to it! Posting your events online has added value too: Your programs become accessible to ArtsWestchester’s large online audience, and your events may also be considered for inclusion in our weekly arts e-newsletter.

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