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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State of Voting Rights Inspires a Call to Artists

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Isn’t it ironic?  We are getting ready to celebrate the Centennial of the legislation that gave American women the right to vote, and yet… there are still barriers to the ballot box for many Americans. That’s the subject of “Give Us the Vote,” ArtsWestchester’s compelling fall exhibition. To celebrate the suffragettes, and to gauge the state […]

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“O Romeo, Romeo…”

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“O Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?”  His answer: “Here, I am in Turnure Park at 7pm on the evening of July 13.” So I’ll be tailing Juliet to the White Plains performance, which this year is presented with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  Once again, ArtsWestchester is partnering with the City of White Plains, thanks […]

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Overheard at ArtsWestchester

This week’s blog is a story overheard and shared with me by my executive assistant Megan Thomson Connor.  Artist Evan Bishop had a grand idea. He brought it to ArtsWestchester and was awarded an Arts Alive Individual Artist grant for his “100 Words of Wisdom.” It is a “body art” project in which Bishop is […]

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Loving Caramoor

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If one is to be honored, I would wish it to be in such an idyllic place as Caramoor, where butterflies mingle with guests amidst lush greenery, peonies and irises, now in bloom, and the drumbeat of applause punctuating the air. That was my vision when CEO Jeff Haydon called to say that the Caramoor […]

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The Folk Arts of Hip Hop

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This week’s post is by guest blogger Elena Martinez, Guest Curator for ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts program. Graffiti is only one component of what has come to be called hip hop. Most people agree that the graffiti writer is one of four main “elements” of hip hop’s aesthetic expression. There is also the MC, who “raps” […]

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Dear Martha

I am writing to thank you for opening my eyes to vistas unknown to me prior to visiting your glorious gardens in Bedford. NEVER. BEFORE have I seen so many luscious peonies. I happen to be semi-literate on the subject of peonies and yours were in the vernacular “to die for.” I know you make […]

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Making Music in Westchester

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  In today’s technology-driven world, making music can be done from anywhere. That’s in part why Crain’s New York Business is reporting that 20% of the New York City’s recording studios have disappeared over the past decade, and 25% of live-music clubs have shut down since 2000. The culprit appears to be rising rents and changing entertainment habits. That may […]

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