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Starting a Chain Reaction


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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A Recipe for Lemonade


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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The Best Things in Life Are Free


I looked up from my computer this morning and was struck with the realization that summer is almost over.  That led me back to my computer to check out the last few weeks of Music in the Air.  Yes, there’s still a reason to pack a basket and a blanket and sit out under the […]

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The New NY Bridge

Tappan Zee Bridge silhouette

I got to thinking about bridges…both real and metaphorical…when I got a call from Andy O’Rourke. He’s the son of the former County Executive, who by the way, believed the arts were an important asset to Westchester.  Given that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I was not overly surprised to get a […]

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A Children’s Museum in Westchester


Is Westchester a “bedroom community”?  I struggled with this question when I first came to Westchester from Boston some twenty years ago.  Naysayers told me I was coming to a bedroom community.  Obviously, a bedroom community is where you sleep…that’s all. What would I do at night or on weekends?   The search committee at ArtsWestchester, […]

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Good for the Soul… Good for the Economy


Yes. It’s another blog about “the economy.” And why not? We talk about it, read about it, obsess about it. It makes us feel good or bad, up or down. It is our barometer – if it’s good for the economy, then it is good. That is why more than 30 years ago, the first (I […]

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Big Band-Aid Not Needed


My guest blogger this week is Alvin H. “Skip” Reiss, a long time friend and colleague, whose nationally recognized newsletter Arts Management celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.  Skip is the author of eight books on the arts and taught arts management for over 40 years.  The thing about Skip is that he is a […]

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The Secret Is Out


At last the secret is out.  Some call it a Carla Bruni lyric.  We call it a new refrain for Westchester. At a recent press conference, County Executive Robert Astorino let the cat out of the bag.  He revealed what some know intuitively, others just hint at, but most are unaware of – “Westchester is […]

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