Dear Eleanor Roosevelt

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Visiting your cottage in Hyde Park on MLK weekend was a blast for me and my 15-year old granddaughter. We felt we were in the presence of greatness.  No need to remind us of the Women’s March, which will be taking place this weekend. It was securely on our minds. It was a blend of […]

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Impact

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Stunning teachable moments take place every day at ArtsWestchester. First graders, many of them first-generation Americans, visit our exhibition, Give Us The Vote celebrating women’s suffrage. A child raises a hand and bravely asks, “How come there are no men in this picture?” Teachable moment!  An artist’s portrait of a Muslim woman in a red, […]

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Good News from The REDC

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There was good news for the arts in Westchester in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement of Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grants. The Music Conservatory of Westchester was on the list for a $500,000 grant for a piano technology lab, recording studio, percussion studio, and new studios for jazz, ensembles and music therapy. The new technology-based […]

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The Noritake Art Deco Porcelains

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‘Tis the season to be jolly… and to shop. So as the jolly shopper that I am, I am thrilled to pass along a few of the unique items in our own ArtsWestchester gallery gift shop. This week, we are featuring five vintage pieces from the Noritake lusterware collection of Drs. Judith and Martin Schwartz. […]

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Lifting Voices

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Seeing as this is the season for lifting voices, I started to think about my own voice. As the youngest in my family, a girl, I hardly had a voice – or at the very least, my voice was muffled by others who had more authority than me. My reflection on this topic was prompted […]

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A Bridge Can Dazzle and Inspire Us

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“Public works” may be a fancy term for infrastructure. The phrase is an umbrella for a myriad of constructed objects meant to serve the public good. These include parks, buildings, dams and, yes, bridges, to name a few. The notion that these public works can also be public art is not a new one, as […]

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#MeToo

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A bell rang out in my brain when I heard Senator Elizabeth Warren describe a disturbing moment in her early career. You guessed it! Warren’s “me too” moment took me back more than 40 years to a time and place I had neatly repressed. I had gone to Washington to advocate for (what else?) the […]

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Almost Like Praying

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Miguel Luciano has something in common with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Yes they are both artists. And further they are both proud of their Puerto Rican heritage. In their art, they both speak out for their Homeland. That is probably where the comparison ends. Lin-Manuel is the sensational Broadway creator of the musicals “In the Heights” and “Hamilton.” […]

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