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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Christopher Rios working on his East Post Road mural for the Serious Fun Arts Fest

Serious Fun Arts Fest will take over the streets of White Plains on October 12-16 with new works of public art, live music, pop-up dance performances, an art fair, gallery events, a concert by Sammy Rae & the Friends, and more. Click for event highlights happening throughout the week.

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Artist to Artist: Plastic Reef

Artist Natalya Khorover spoke with artist Federico Uribe about his installation on view at Hudson River Museum: a colorful underwater world made from upcycled plastic.

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Performing Arts Center at Purchase College 
Reopens with New Season

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College launches its first in-person season since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Taconic Opera Kicks Off 25th Season

Taconic Opera celebrates 25 years with the start of a new robust season of events this month.

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Westchester’s New Sustainable Home for the Arts

The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund will unveil its new multidisciplinary The David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center this month. Art, performances and more will be offered in this environmentally friendly “net zero” building.

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Halloween Happenings

From spooky to kid-friendly, Halloween has officially taken over the County with film screenings, children’s crafts, readings of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, thousands of illuminated jack o’lanterns and more.

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News Briefs: October 2022

Marsha Gordon gives her take on Adam Sandler’s “Hustle”; Milton J. Ellenbogen Fine Art Gallery reopens with Picasso celebration; Westchester Poet Laureate presenting a series of eco-writing workshops; Collaborative Concepts display merges art and nature in Brewster; 15th Annual ArtsFest in New Rochelle and Pelham; Local art expo addresses environmental themes; Grant Opportunity: Voices for Change; Calling all interested interns!

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Does the Devil Wear Prada?

ArtsWestchester’s The Social Fabric exhibition, on view from October 13 through January 22, 2023, is encouraging artists to use fabric to point out issues of social justice; one of them may be the environmental impact of fashion. Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester CEO, discusses her early education in fabrics of all kinds.

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Artists & Arts Groups! Get Your Community-Based Arts Projects Funded

The 2023 cycle of the Arts Alive grant provides the potential for arts programs to become funded if they provide access to, and engagement with, the community. 

Chynna Dee Andrada will guide a Sage Cacao Sound Bath ceremony, 10/9
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Spirituality in Focus

When curator Rebecca Mills was listening to the song Ultralight Beam by Kanye West, the lyrics “this is a godstream,” she says, flowed through her mind on repeat. After listening to the song nonstop, Pelham Art Center’s new exhibition came together in her head, and then in the gallery space.


Westchester Poet Laureate B.K. Fischer Receives Grant From Academy of American Poets

B. K. Fischer, Westchester’s inaugural Poet Laureate, joins 21 others who will each receive a $50,000 grant from the Academy of American Poets (AAP) for “positive contributions to their communities.”


Art Under the Starry Skies of Ghent, NY

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam reflects on the seeming migration of artists from the city to upstate New York, and her memories of Ghent, NY, where she recently visited Art Omi. 

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News Briefs & Spotlights: September 2022

Participate in Community Art for #SeriousFunArtsFest; ArtsWestchester Appoints New Board Members; Marsha on the Move: Where the Crawdads Sing; Purchase College Music Faculty Member Advances in America’s Got Talent; The 2022 Voices for Change Artist Grant; Open House at The Rye Arts Center; In Memoriam: Arlene Wendt; Exhibition from Recipients of Mental Health Services; Accepting Applications: ArtsWestchester’s Young Adult Leadership Council.

Student from North Salem School District who participated in Vicky Youngman’s Healing Through 
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At North Salem Schools, Art Provides an Avenue for Emotional Expression

ArtsWestchester’s teaching artist Vicky Youngman visited North Salem School District as part of its Healing Through The Arts program, a hands-on activity designed to provide an expressive outlet for addressing challenging emotions.

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News Briefs: July/August 2022

In Memoriam: Lee Katz; Marsha on the Move takes a look at “Top Gun: Maverick”; New survey will measure the impact of the arts; Croton Student collected costumes for local dance schools; 

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News Briefs: April 2022

“Harriet Tubman: The Journey to freedom” comes to White Plains; Legislator Colin Smith highlights his visit to KinoSaito Art Center; Marsha Gordon gives her take on Netflix’s  “Munich: The Edge of War” and Songcatchers are searching for a new home in New Rochelle

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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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