Celebrate music, dance, and food traditions across Westchester County! Produced by ArtsWestchester, in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, the Westchester & Rockland Juneteenth Coalition, Bethany Arts Community, the LOFT:LGBTQ+ Center, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, the White Plains Puerto Rican Cultural Committee, and the Village of Sleepy Hollow, Westchester Roots offers free musical performances and cultural events throughout the County between June-September. Events include concerts in parks, staged performances on city streets, and outdoor cultural festivals. Westchester Roots programs are community-centered and are developed collaboratively in direct response to the values and aspirations of the communities and artists we serve and support.

Programs and performances subject to change.

The Westchester & Rockland Countywide Juneteenth Coalition*, with the support of Westchester County government, cordially invite you to the

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 12-4pm
2024 Countywide Juneteenth Kick-off Celebration | The First Supper

Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle
One Remington Place
New Rochelle, NY

THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY. Visit www.artsw.org/juneteenth for more Juneteenth events.

Come break bread with us as we kick-off Juneteenth celebrations across Westchester and Rockland Counties! This year’s program will include the staging of an original Juneteenth play, historical reenactments, food presentations, a communal meal prepared by award-winning Chef El-Amin, music and dance performances by regional artists, educations workshops for youth, local vendors and more!

This program is part of the Westchester Roots series, in partnership with ArtsWestchester, Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle, City of New Rochelle, Lincoln Park Conservatory and Westchester County government.

*Organized by: Ardsley Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion Committee | ArtsWestchester | Antioch Baptist Church-Bedford Juneteenth Committee | Equity for All Lewisboro | Friends of the African American Cemetery | Haverstraw African American Connection | Irvington Juneteenth | Lincoln Park Conservancy | Mamaroneck Juneteenth | Mount Kisco Juneteenth | Mount Vernon Department of Recreation | Ossining Juneteenth Council | Peekskill Youth Bureau | Pelham Juneteenth | Port Chester Historical Society | Pound Ridge Juneteenth | Town of Greenburgh | Tuckahoe Juneteenth Committee | Westchester African American Advisory Board | White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Inc. | Yonkers African American Heritage Committee

westchester roots | the arts of house ballroom
The Legendary House of Xclusive: On and Off the Runway

Sunday, June 2
1-2pm – Conversation with the House of Lanvin
The Gallery at ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Avenue | White Plains

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Join us for an Xclusive conversation with the Legendary House of Lanvin, and LGBTQ House Ballroom organization known for its excellence on the runway and its impact in the community. The Legendary House of Lanvin was also a finalist on the first season of HBO MAX’s Legendary. On June 2, the Lanvins will discuss their trend-setting work not only in the Ballroom scene but in the intersecting fields of music, film, health advocacy, housing insecurity and LGBTQ+ youth services. What does it truly mean to be a Lanvin? Come and find out.

3:30pm – Production by the House of Lanvin
Court Street
Between Main Street and Martine Avenue | White Plains

Following the conversation, please join the Xclusive House of Lanvin for an original performance production for the Westchester Pride main stage.

For more information about Westchester Pride, visit https://www.loftgaycenter.org/pride_guide

Westchester roots | the arts of house ballroom
Ballroom has something to say – an ode to black gay / queer men

Friday, June 21 | 7-9pm
Bethany Arts Community
40 Somerstown Road | Ossining
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Seniors
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What is performance and how does it open up spaces for freedom? Join us for the newest production from Icon Michael, Roberson, which presents an intergenerational history of the Black LGBTQ+ house hallroom community – beyond Madonna’s Vogue, Paris is Burning, Pose and Legendary. This production weaves together Black arts forms of oratory, vogue and performance, and poetry and song, presenting an ode to the Black gay / queer man, his perseverance, his strength, and his resilience in the face of struggle and catastrophe. Featuring Icon Founder Michael Roberson Maison-Margiela, Icon Pony Zion, Legendary Khaos Lanvin, Ka’don Miyake Mugler, Le’Rone Bennett 007, Rev. Ken Alston, Jr., Brad Walrond and Ricky Tucker.

wesetchester roots | Puerto Rican Flag raising and street festival

Saturday, June 22
Flag raising | 11AM-12PM
Renaissance Plaza
200-202 Main Street | White Plains

Street Festival | 12PM-5PM
Court Street (btwn Main Street and Martine Avenue)
White Plains

Join us for a ceremonial flag raising, followed by a celebration of Puerto Rican music, dance, forr and art. The day will include live bomba drumming, and dance with Grupo Cimarrones, performances by the Carlos Jimenez Mambo Orchestra, arts and craft vendors, and more. The program will also feature a special procession led by the beloved and colorful vejigante, a folkloric character associated with Puerto Rican carnival.

westchester roots | performing famiilies | Edmar catañeda & andrea tierra family

Tuesday, July 30 | 6:30pm
City Hall Plaza
1 Roosevelt Square, North | Mount Vernon
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Join us for an incredible evening with the illustrious Castaneda & Tierra Family, featuring Colombian jazz harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda with Andrea Tierra (vocals), Zeudi Castaneda (vocal and harp) and Zamil Castaneda (maracas).

westchester roots | dia de la ecuatoriana

Sunday, August 25 | 3pm-8pm
Barnhart Park
25 Andrews Lane | Sleepy Hollow

Join us for an afternoon of Ecuadorian music, dance, food and craft, along with family-friendly presentations that feature traditional Ecuadorian costumes and the indigenous Kichwa language.

Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the performance.

Westchester Roots | mooncake night market

Saturday, September 21 | 4pm-8pm
The Gallery at ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Avenue | White Plains
$15 General Admission (food sold separately)

Celebrate the magic of the full-harvest with an evening of music, dance, craft and food. Guests can participate in hands-on workshops in Chinese calligraphy, lantern-making, mooncake stamping, decorative knotting, origami and more. Also included will be performances by award-winning artists, including the mysterious and colorful Bian Lian “face changing” mask dance of the Sichuan opera, Chinece an Korean instrumental music, a variety of folk and traditional dances, and karaoke!

Westchester Roots | Dia de la cultura dominicana

Sunday, September 22 | 2pm-7pm
Barnhart Park
25 Andrews Lane | Sleepy Hollow

Join us for an afternoon of Dominican music, dance, food and craft!
Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the performance.

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