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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The Arts Survived, But They Still Need Your Help
ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam talks about the uncertainty that the arts sector overcame over the past two years.

Loïs Mailou Jones, Moon Masque, 1971, oil and collage on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of the artist.

Understanding and Appreciating African American Art in the 20th Century
Hudson River Museum’s current featured exhibition surveys a century of African Americans in the arts. Sourced from Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features nearly 50 paintings and sculptures.

Lyndhurst (photo courtesy of Lyndhurst)  RIGHT: Artwork from Enslaved Africans' Rain Garden by Vinnie Bagwell (courtesy of the artist)

A Roadmap for Recovery of the Arts
Over the past five years, ArtsWestchester has been contemplating the establishment of a cultural plan for Westchester to update the previous plan created 30 years ago.

Blue Rails (White Plains) (2020) by Barbara 
Takenaga, Metro-North Railroad's White Plains Station (photo credit: Steven Bates) Both works commissioned by Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority Arts & Design.

Propelling Commuters on Their Journey
Artworks by Barbara Takenaga were recently unveiled at the White Plains Metro-North Railroad Station.

A work by Caterina Rago (photo credit: Federica Dall'Orso)

An Immersive Dance Experience
At Steffi Nossen Dance Company’s Choreography Showcase, guests travel from room to room through Bethany Arts Community, experiencing a new dance work in each space


Returning to the Stage
For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Westchester Collaborative Theater will return to live on-stage performances with a festival of one-act plays.

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6 Artsy Items to Buy Locally
Holiday shopping from local arts organizations and creative workers can mean a unique gift for loved ones while also supporting the arts.

Scene from a performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage" (photo credit: Richard Termine)

Holiday Arts Picks
The holidays are upon us and virtual and in-person celebrations are aplenty throughout Westchester County. The ArtsNews team rounded up their top Holiday Arts Picks from a long list of festive offerings. The list includes films, family outings, adaptations of A Christmas Carol, vocal performances of holiday favorites and Kwanzaa celebrations.

Paraguayan dancers posing in front of the Virgen de Caacupe at the 2019 Festival held at St. Vito and Most Holy Trinity Church, Mamaroneck (photo credit: Gustavo René Sanabria)

From Paraguay to Westchester: The Festival of the Virgen of Caacupé
Every year, on December 8, Paraguayans in Westchester and around the world gather for the annual Festival of the Virgen of Caacupé, the most important religious holiday for Catholics in Paraguay and the Paraguayan diaspora.

Ryan Jennings, President Sentinel Builders; Jean Newton, Executive Director Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW); Eileen Egan, Executive Director Phelps Hospital; and Robert Heath, Board Trustee Music Conservatory of Westchester breaking ground at Music Conservatory of Westchester (photo courtesy of MCW)

News Briefs: Dec. 2021 / Jan. 2022
Jacob Burns Film Center Resident Sells Documentary to Amazon Studios; Music Conservatory of Westchester Breaks Ground on Transformative Project; ARTSMOBILE TITLE; Schoolhouse Theater Presents World Premiere by Renowned Director Martha Clarke; Marsha on the Move: The French Dispatch; Arts for People With Special Need

Participants in grantee ArchForKids’s Revisioning Sleepy Hollow’s Vacant Spaces program (photo courtesy of ArchForKids)

ArtsWestchester Grants News: Dec. 2021/ Jan. 2022
ArtsWestchester Receives Landmark NEA Grant for Voices for Change; Applications Open for Arts Alive 2022; Apply Now: ReStart the Arts Grant Initiative; State Legislators Provide Recovery Grants for the Arts

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ArtsWestchester Appoints Three New Board Members
ArtsWestchester recently appointed three new board members – Tom DeCaro, Alan J. Isenstadt and Eon S. Nichols, each of whom will serve a three-year term.

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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