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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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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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The NEA and Its Impact

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    The year 1965 was a mixed bag. “The Sound of Music” played to crowds.  The Beatles released “Help.” Music legend Jerry Garcia came on the scene. More troops were sent to Vietnam.  Women hiked up their hemlines to don the mini skirt. The civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery rocked the country. […]

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George Washington on the Arts

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It seems that ever since the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was created, it has been under siege. Although it is a tiny agency, less than 0.006% of the $3.54 Trillion federal budget, it has had enormous impact on the quality, abundance and diversity of the arts in America through its 140,000 grants, totaling […]

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Collective Healing

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In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, I ask myself again a question that I ask myself frequently: “What is there about art that makes us turn to it in times of tragedy?” Governor Cuomo turned to the arts this week when he announced a million dollar art project to honor “all victims of hate, […]

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The Arts are to New York as Corn is to Kansas

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                  It snowed all the way up to Albany. It poured on the way back home. We went there in spite of the weather, as we had many times in the past.  We went to talk about the arts, it’s importance to our Empire State and the […]

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Thank you, Thank you…

This week, the Westchester County Board of Legislators took a series of non-partisan actions to keep Westchester thriving, by recognizing the importance of the work of the not for profit sector.  Democrats and Republicans worked together to restore vital funding for many organizations which support the safety net and quality of life in this county. […]

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Don’t Shoot!

Some thirty-five years ago, during New York City’s fiscal crisis, a proposal was made to cut the arts. To save them, the chairman of the city’s arts commission likened this foolish notion to the goose that laid the golden eggs. You remember that story: The goose was shot. Disaster. No more golden eggs. Last week, […]

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