Starting a Chain Reaction

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When we think about the concept of critical mass, we think about the amount of a substance needed to start a chain reaction. Those are the nuclear physics that ArtsWestchester was pondering when we started planning the ARTSEE festival. How can we start a chain reaction? What we were envisioning was an explosion of people […]

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Designing Woman Does It Her Way

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Frank Sinatra struck a chord when he sang “I did it my way.” Artist/designer Denise Proctor heard the call. It defined her life. She poured her artistic spirit and her soul into her vision for a school for little fashionistas – the Westchester Fashion Institute. From her perch on the 6th floor of ArtsWestchester’s building, she […]

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Katonah Museum Honors Regional Artists

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Walk into Kiyoshi Otsuka’s studio (if you can get past the door) and you’ll be reminded of Jackson Pollack. The paint splattered floor is dripped with layers of spattered hues, all of which are colors of paintings past and present. Stacks of work line the walls and fill the overhead shelves making it somewhat of […]

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A Recipe for Lemonade

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The weather outside was frightful as I struggled my way back to Westchester last Monday evening. As my plane prepared to land, LaGuardia Airport closed its runway. Fortunately, Newark Airport welcomed us just before their runway closed.  As we circled the airports and landed to cheers, we heard the media warn that “this blizzard will […]

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They Too Have Dreams

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At ten years of age, Grace Ring of Yorktown Heights, (daughter of Ann and Dave) recovering from a brain tumor, discovered that reading books distracted her from her problems. She started a program called Recovery, which collects and redistributes books to children in need. Eleventh graders Amanda Grant and Brian Gomez found the skills and […]

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Remembering Miss America

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There aren’t too many Besses. There’s Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth the First.  There’s Forest Bess. But he’s really a Forest, not a Bess. There’s Bessie Smith, the most popular blues singer of the twenties and thirties, known as Empress of the Blues. There is also The Bessie Award given each year for innovative achievement in […]

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Dazzled By Mario Cuomo

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New York and Queens both lost a fighter for the ordinary people with the passing of Mario Cuomo.  As a Queens native and former planning board chairman in Whitestone/Flushing, I and my colleagues were dazzled by him up close and personal in the early seventies.  Cuomo, as the attorney for a group of mostly Italian […]

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Sometimes the Stars Actually Align

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Good news was in the air…at least in Westchester. A 3% increase for the arts in the Westchester County budget passed with no tax increase thanks to the county executive and your county legislators. Here at ArtsWestchester, we also breathed a sigh of relief as Congress included in its recent actions level funding of the […]

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