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.

In this unprecedented time, we want to keep you connected to the arts groups and artists who keep the arts alive and vibrant in Westchester County. Be sure to visit ArtsWestchester’s web site each month to read the latest issue of ArtsNews!

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Check Out These Virtual Arts Activities
While You’re Home
A listing of online arts offerings from local arts groups.

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A Way of Life to Go Back To
by ArtsWestchester’s CEO Janet Langsam


A Snapshot of the Arts in Westchester County
ArtsNews surveyed 57 arts organizations throughout Westchester about the state of the arts during the pandemic and how their group is faring. Here is what they said.

Rendering by Archimuse

A West Wing with Sweeping Views of the Palisades and Hudson River
Hudson River Museum recent announced a major expansion. We spoke with the Museum’s CEO and one of the project’s architects about what visitors can expect from the upcoming expansion.

Wynton Marsalis (photo credit: Joe Martinez)

The Importance of the Arts in Our Civic Lives
For ArtsWestchester’s virtual gala, legendary musician Wynton Marsalis delivered a personal message on the state of the arts and saluted one of the gala’s honorees, Entergy for its continued support of the arts.

Sculpture by Cherie Lee

Adapting the Artist Residency in the Time of Covid
Bethany Arts Community’s Executive Director discusses how the organization’s artist residency program shifted during the pandemic, and discusses the work of several artists who participated in the program earlier this year.

"Ella", a mural by artist Danielle Mastrion at Ridge Hill Shopping Center, transformed Fitzgerald Street earlier this year

Creative Reopening
Ridge Hill Shopping Center procured ArtsWestchester’s help in launching a phased reopening of the Center that activates the space with public art and pedestrian-friendly walkways.

HAMADA SHŌJI (1894-1978) Untitled, ca. 1960 Amber iron-glazed stoneware 11.25 x 11 inches © Hamada Shōji, photograph by Richard Goodbody, courtesy Joan B. Mirviss

The Shifting Cultural Journey of Japanese Ceramics
Artist Leigh Taylor Mickelson examines Katonah Museum of Art’s current exhibition, “Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics.”

Dress rehearsal with Ballet Arts for Picture House Regional Film Center's screening of "The Nutcracker", 12/13 (photo courtesy of Picture House Regional Film Center)

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays
ArtsNews put together a listing of virtual holiday events by Westchester arts organizations that will get even those who are quarantining into the holiday spirit.

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6 Unusual Holiday Gifts You Can Buy at Cultural Places in Westchester
This selection of gifts from holiday boutiques and sales at Westchester cultural organizations will help readers shop local and support the arts while checking off items from their holiday gift list (or wish list!).

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“All one wants to do is be heard.”
An upcoming performance presented by Rehabilitation Through the Arts will incorporate stories about local incarcerated men and women’s experiences during the pandemic, in their own words.


Beethoven the Environmentalist
On Beethoven’s 250th birthday month, Westchester Philharmonic’s Executive and Artistic Director looks at how nature influenced the composer’s music.

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New Briefs
News Briefs include: Westchester Collaborative Theater celebrates ten years; Members from the Music from Copland House ensemble perform on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series; ArtsWestchester appoints two new affiliate board members; In Memoriam: Alan Simon

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Marsha on the Move
Business Council of Westchester’s president Marsha Gordon’s monthly movies and television column put its magnifying glass on Netflix’s series “Rita.”

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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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