Arts Award Luncheon

Congratulations to the 2017 Arts Award recipients. The Arts Award has been presented since 1976 to recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester, its communities and its citizens.

On April 5, 2017 at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, leaders from the Civic, Arts, and Business community joined Patrons of the Arts for Westchester’s own version of the Academy Awards™ as ArtsWestchester recognized the stars of our local arts community!

Click here to view photos from the event.

Nominations are now being consider for the 2018 awards. To learn more, click here.

Emily and Eugene Grant Arts Patron Award
Lucille Werlinich (Purchase, NY) is an avid supporter of the quality of life in Westchester, especially when it comes to the arts and education. As Chair of the Purchase College Foundation, she works tirelessly to support this stellar institution, which is preeminent in dance, music, visual arts and theater.  The importance of the arts and of education for all were values of her late parents, Joseph and Sophia Abeles, a family tradition which continues.

Arts Organization
Downtown Music at Grace, provides an oasis of art and culture amidst the bustling downtown of the City of White Plains, especially with its noonday concerts. The nonprofit organization’s roster of artists features talented and well-regarded professional musicians who enjoy performing in the intimate and historic setting of Grace Church.

WESTHAB began in 1981 as a program that would provide temporary housing to the County’s most economically disadvantaged populations. As the agency grew over the span of 35 years, it has become the largest nonprofit provider of both affordable housing and supportive services in Westchester County. Starting in 2004, those supportive services began to include arts programs in their homeless shelters. 

Scarsdale Adult School offers an outstanding and unique enrichment curriculum for lifelong learning. Established in 1938, the independent, nonprofit organization provides day and evening courses that are open to adults throughout the year, regardless of whether or not they live in Scarsdale.

Songcatchers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable and accessible musical programs to the multicultural populations of New Rochelle and its neighboring communities. The organization, founded by Sr. Beth Dowd, OSU in 1994, consists of choral arts, afterschool music and early childhood music programs.

Sophia Abeles Education Award
Marion Archer is an extraordinarily talented Westchester-based teaching artist and a founder of The Revelators Dance Troupe (RDT).  The group has evolved from a spiritually-based dance troupe to one that now offers instruction in a variety of dance forms, including African, tap and traditional dances from various countries and cultures.

President’s Award
Himmel Lecture Series @ Katonah Museum of Art is an annual event in recognition of nationally-known creators, conceivers, radical thinkers and
risk-takers who provoke new thinking in the arts and design. Lectures by these global leaders engage the museum’s community in a dialogue about the impact of visual arts in contemporary society.