Westchester Celebrates Juneteenth

Bokandeye African American Dance Company dancers at The Lincoln Park 
Conservancy and the City of New Rochelle’s Juneteenth Celebration

Due to the support of Legislator Catherine Parker, ArtsWestchester was able to give grants to fourteen Juneteenth Committees of Westchester and Rockland County.* On June 1, ArtsWestchester, with the support from the Westchester County Government and those fourteen organizing committees, and in concert with the Westchester County African American Advisory Board, presented the second annual Countywide Juneteenth Kick-Off Celebration to an audience of more than 200 people at the Thomas Slater Center in downtown White Plains. The event kicked off a month of nearly 20 Juneteenth celebrations held around Westchester and Rockland Counties.

*Organizations serving on the 2022 Juneteenth Countywide Coalition include Ardsley Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion Committee | ArtsWestchester | Bedford IDEA Committee | Haverstraw African American Connection | Irvington Juneteenth Committee | Lincoln Park Conservancy | Mount Vernon Department of Recreation| OneMamaroneck | Ossining Juneteenth Committee | Peekskill Juneteenth Heritage | Pelham Juneteenth Committee | Town of Greenburgh | White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Inc. | Yonkers African American Heritage Committee

A version of this article first appeared in the October 2022 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue. artsw.org