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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Caramoor’s Summer Season: Amplifying Voices Through Music

Caramoor launches its summer season this month, featuring a diverse lineup of music in a variety of outdoor venues across its 80-acre campus.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, slavery in the United States. To celebrate, ArtsWestchester interviewed prominent Juneteenth community leaders in Westchester County.

The Octopus, a mural by Louis Masai on the side of 25 Leroy Place (photo courtesy of New Rochelle Council on the Arts)

12 New Murals Help Make “NewRo Strong”

A series of twelve new murals in downtown New Rochelle represent the many facets of this suburban-but-metropolitan city, and highlight the place that arts have always had in the city.

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“I lived for art, I lived for love.”

This month, NRO will present Tosca, which will feature the same singers as a planned 2020 production that was upended by COVID-19.

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The Arts Celebrate Pride

Groups throughout Westchester, including several arts groups, are celebrating National Pride Month this month with events that bring visibility to the LGBTQ+ community.


Artist Andy Barthelme (photo courtesy of Peekskill Arts Alliance)

Works by 100+ Artists on Display in Peekskill

After a three-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peekskill Open Studios is back for its 23rd year. The two-day event will feature works from more than 100 artists in a variety of settings in and around downtown Peekskill.

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Asian Heritage Festival Celebrates 25th Year

Every year, the Asian American Heritage Festival attracts up to 7,000 residents at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla to celebrate Westchester’s diversity, including its expanding Asian and South Asian populations.

Artwork by Able Broyles (photo courtesy of Clay Art Center)

Clay Art Center: Emerging Ceramic Artists on View

Clay Art Center (CAC) will present a series of concurrent solo exhibitions by its three resident artists: Able Broyles, Anny Chen and Breana Hendricks. Hear from the artists themselves in this post.

Rendering of 1693, a mural by Bianca Romero for The Mitchell building in White Plains 
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New Mural Slated for Serious Fun Arts Fest in White Plains

Bianca Romero is one of the first artists commissioned for a mural in White Plains in anticipation for the five-day Serious Fun Arts Fest this fall. In this article, the artist details symbolism in her upcoming nine-story high-rise mural.

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Four Essential Freedoms

This month’s “From the CEO” blog post is a guest blog written by Adam Chau, ArtsWestchester’s Exhibitions Manager, who discusses a virtual event on June 15, which features the renowned artist collective For Freedoms.

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News Briefs: June 2022

Marsha Gordon reviews Disney Pixar’s Turning Red; ArtsWestchester to Honor Peter Scherrer at Upcoming Golf Outing; Historic Hudson Valley Landmarks Reopen to Visitors; NYFA Opens New Cycle of its National Emergency Grant Program for Artists; Katonah Museum and Library Bring Art to Community Spaces; Katonah Museum of Art Appoints Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe as New Executive Director; Yorktown’s $1.2 Million Renovation Includes Local Theater; Local Photographer Publishes New Book

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra (photo credit: Steven Schnur Photographer)

Artist Opportunities: May 2022

A sampling from ArtsWestchester’s “Artist Opportunities” page, on which artists in all disciplines can find nearby working opportunities that will help to strengthen and further their careers.

Photo by Jerry Spette (courtesy of the artist)

An Abundance of Spring Beauty for Photographers

Color Camera Club of Westchester’s Jerry Spette encourages interested photographers to explore the beauty of Westchester in the springtime.

Mural by Victor Ash in New Rochelle photo credit Theresa Kump Leghorn

News Briefs: May 2022

Marsha on the Move reflects on “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; Katonah Museum Announces New Evening Hours; MuralFest Coming to New Rochelle; Drumming Residency Creates Opportunities for Special Needs Community; Two Westchester Cultural Institutions Listed on State’s New Historic Businesses Preservation Registry; Calling All Interested Interns

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam and New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at ArtsWestchester’s Restart the Arts press conference (photo credit: Margaret Fox)

New York State Legislators Restart the Arts

New York State legislators helped to secure a $1 million allocation in the State’s budget to be regranted to arts groups in Rockland and Westchester counties for COVID-19 recovery. now grantees are telling us how the funds will help them survive.

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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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