Arts Award 2016

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Thanks to a stellar roster of winners, the 2016 Arts Award Luncheon attracted over 400 guests to honor the following:

Emily and Eugene Grant Arts Patron Award
Donald Cecil and, in memory, Jane Cecil

2016 Arts Award Honorees, presented by the First Niagara Foundation

2016 Arts Award Honorees, presented by the First Niagara Foundation













Arts Organization
Historic Hudson Valley

Sills Family Foundation
The City of Yonkers
Katonah Museum Artists’ Association

The Sophia Abeles Education Award:
Musician, Ray Blue

Musician Fred Smith
Rye Arts Center

Arts Alive Artist Grantees
Photographer John Rizzo
Sculptor Esther Lo
Dancer and choreographer Debralyn Press

Please consider nominating an individual or organization for the 2017 Arts Award in one of the following categories:

Arts Patron:  A person who lives or works in Westchester County and has made a significant contribution to the arts through his/her extraordinary leadership, personal commitment, and philanthropic activities, providing consistent support of the arts without director financial compensation to advance the arts in Westchester.

ArtistAn artist who lives or works in Westchester County, and whose achievements in his/her discipline are nationally recognized.  Candidates must have produced a significant body of work that demonstrates a unique and compelling vision and that has had an impact on the cultural world and on the general public.

Arts Organization:  A Westchester County non-profit arts organization that has made important contributions to the growth of Westchester’s cultural life over a significant period of time and has had an impact beyond its immediate community.

Community:  An artist, individual group organization or agency that has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increase access to cultural experiences, or to enrich the county’s cultural heritage.  Candidates have a long-standing involvement in the arts rather than involvement in a one-time initiative.

For additional information about the event and nominations, please contact:
Ann Fabrizio at

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