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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Ravi Coltrane (photo credit: Michael Weintrob)

Jazz Under the Stars: a Benefit Concert for the Arts
A benefit concert to help ArtsWestchester restart the arts will feature the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. It is sponsored by Ginsburg Development Companies at the company’s City Square Park, a private two-acre rooftop park. The event is part of JazzFest White Plains.

Theo Croker (photo courtesy of artist)

Theo Croker: “It’s Healing Music”
Writer Michelle Falkenstein spoke with jazz trumpeter Theo Croker before his upcoming JazzFest White Plains performance. They discussed his grandfather (the legendary Doc Cheatham), his time in Shanghai and his collaboration with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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Orchestra 914: New Name, New Norm
The Chappaqua Orchestra recently went through a rebranding and emerged with a new name, location and music director. ArtsNews Editor Mary Alice Franklin spoke with the orchestra’s co-director, David Restivo, to discuss the group’s transition and future. 

Picture House Regional Film Center (photo source:

Shuttered Venues Grant Program Lifts Up Local Performance Spaces
Many of Westchester’s performing arts centers, both big and small, finally have something to celebrate: a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Arts groups like Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Bedford Playhouse, Capitol Theatre and more reflect on how the grant will support their survival after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A visitor observing Manju Shandler’s GESTURE installation

A “Gesture” Of Remembrance
Pelham Art Center remembers and commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy with “Gesture,” an art installation by artist Manju Shandler. Gesture includes nearly 3,000 paintings — one for each life lost during the historic event. 

Harrigan Educational and Cultural Center

Help Arts Groups Raise Dollars: Matching Grant Doubles Donations
The Art$WChallenge matching grant, distributed by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, will double donation monies raised by 130 local arts groups through December 15.

MAG Art Gallery (photo courtesy of Mamaroneck Artist Guild)

Mamaroneck Artists Guild Reopens Gallery in New Location
After having to close their location due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mamaroneck Artists Guild is opening a new location with a bright outlook for the future. 

Top image: Untitled (Dear half 5-4-1927) by Daisy Patton (Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary)

The Exhibition Season Begins!
ArtsNews highlights several exhibitions throughout the county that takes place this September, including shows from Katonah Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum, Rye Arts Center, Hammond Museum, Clay Art Center and Warburton Galerie. 

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Let’s Think About Art and Culture as Infrastructure
ArtsWestchester’s CEO Janet Langsam explores the meaning of the word “infrastructure” and whether there is a place for arts and culture in its definition. 

Visitors at Armonk Outdoor Art Show (photo courtesy of Armonk Outdoor Art Show)

The Return of Fall Crafts
Armonk Outdoor Art and Westchester Craft Crawl return this year with both exceptional artist rosters and safety protocols in place.

Blue Door Art Center (photo credit: Michele Amaro)

Happy 20th!
Blue Door Art Center and Jacob Burns Film Center each celebrate their 20th anniversaries this year. ArtsNews reflects on the past and looks at what’s next for these organizations. 

Wakanda Celebration (photo courtesy of Luangisa Gallery)

A Festival of African Arts and Culture in Mount Vernon
Luangisa African Gallery’s Wakanda Celebration in Mount Vernon will celebrate African art and culture, including performances from traditional African drummers and storytellers, food vendors, handmade goods, a fashion show and more. 

Actress Sweta Keswani with daughter Ismara on the Pierson Park stage (photo courtesy of River's Edge Theater Company)

Theater Group Encourages Action to Prevent Climate Change
River’s Edge Theater Company presents the Green Plays Project, an outdoor theater event that includes workshops for kids, a selection of one-act plays that tackle topics related to climate change and a talkback with the creative team. 

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Artist Relief Fund Raises Funds for Artists Affected by Pandemic
ArtsWestchester’s Artist Relief Fund has so far raised more than $26K for emergency grants to artists who were adversely affected by COVID-19. The number of artists supported is directly dependent on how much funding is raised. Every $500 donated equals one artist grant. 

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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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