Keeping the Dream Alive

For reasons I can hardly fathom, voting has always meant a lot to me. Perhaps that explains why as a young married living in Queens, I allowed myself to be dragged (not kicking and screaming, but reluctantly) to a meeting of the Northeast Queens League of Women Voters (LWV). There I was, trapped in an upscale […]

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The Weather

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When I reflect on Harvey, and then on Irma, I can’t help thinking aloud: “So, who’s creating all this disturbance anyway?”  Well perhaps it’s that nasty woman – Mother Nature – making a fuss about the state of the environment and calling on us to do our civic duty. Am I naive to believe in […]

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Summer’s Gone, Great Arts Ahead

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What can we do about the end of summer? Mourn the loss? Or…get with the new fall program? Your choice. I’m sprinting into fall with a line-up that’s off the charts. There’s Romare Beardon at the Neuberger. He’s the guy who was anointed as the “foremost collagist” in America. Leonard Bernstein will be in New […]

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Honoring The Bridge

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Can a bridge be a work of art? At ArtsWestchester, we think it can. That is why we will be honoring the New New York Bridge at our upcoming 2017 gala on November 18 at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. Like most creative people, designers of public works aspire to create uplifting, aesthetically pleasing […]

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A New Old Art City

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Art in public places never ceases to surprise and delight me as it did in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. A stroll down the main shopping street exhibits store windows laden with Nordic designed sweaters and blankets. I duck around a corner and run face first into an outdoor wall mural almost cartoonish in its style. […]

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Growing Up Around Music

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As a kid, I was a musical disappointment. My mother, a proud teacher, tried every pedagogical tactic–first, of course, piano lessons; later the clarinet, then the saxophone and finally a bass clarinet, hardly a lady-like choice. Then there were the Saturday young people’s concerts at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Leonard Bernstein.  At the […]

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Memory Lane

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I’m taking a trip down Memory Lane and remembering the late George Delaney who served as Con Edison Vice President for Westchester operations for many years. George was super involved in community life, served on many boards and supported many causes, one of them being the arts.  I first met George at a “Sunset Serenade” […]

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Every Little Bit Counts with Numbers

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For some time now we have been trying to increase the funding available for small emerging arts groups through New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA)’s Decentralization (DEC) program (known in Westchester as Arts Alive) – not just in Westchester but throughout the state. And in fact, working with ArtsNYS, a statewide coalition, we […]

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