The Fear of Signing

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    The count is on toward the 2020 U.S. Census, and we’re all invited to participate. Information sessions are being hosted all over our county. In fact one happened last night at ArtsWestchester. And there is are concerns afloat that many people will not be counted. I, for one, will be counted, but I […]

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Just in Time for The Holidays

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There’s some holiday cheer coming our way from Washington D.C. The federal budget appears to be all wrapped up with no government shutdown in sight. The good news is that federal cultural agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) may see increases in their 2020 […]

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Instead of Hate, Celebrate

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If you’ve been walking to or from The Westchester mall en route to do your holiday shopping, you may have noticed some painterly action on Hale Ave., Maple Ave and South Broadway. For sure, things are beginning to look a lot more colorful in this neighborhood. In fact, three artists are outside painting new murals […]

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Remembering Ralph Martinelli

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    There are many ways to remember Ralph Martinelli.  As an entrepreneur, Ralph purchased Spotlight Magazine from Susan Meadows and turned it into Westchester’s version of New York Magazine, a monthly compendium of everything Westchester. But that’s not all.  As Westchester Magazine publisher, he delighted in singing the praises of folks in Westchester, who […]

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New York – State of the Arts

Winding my way down from Troy, New York, I reflected on the conference I had just attended and what I learned from my colleagues around the state. One eye-opener was how many arts organizations own their own spaces. True, we were a small group, but a somewhat mighty one, members of the nearly new ArtsNYS, […]

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Who D’ya Know?

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What do John Shearer, Vickie Morris and Will Crutchfield have in common with Roy Neuberger, Ruby Dee and Sarah Bracey White?  Well, John Shearer was a famous photographer, while Will Crutchfield is an opera guy; and actress Ruby Dee and Roy Neuberger, founder of the Neuberger Museum of Art, might not have crossed paths.  But…they […]

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How Does a Chair Become a Work of Art?

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    Sitting here in my office on my ergonomic Aeron chair, I couldn’t help but wonder: How does a chair become a work of art?  Or does it ever? One criteria might be that it has a name like the Eames chair, named after its designers Charles and Ray Eames and produced by the Herman Miller company. […]

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The Play’s The Thing!

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Denise Bessette is a modern woman. In fact, she is so modern that you might even consider her a 21st-Century feminist. As an actress, she made up her mind some time ago that she’d like to play the part of Nora, Henrik Ibsen’s character in A Doll’s House who leaves her husband and her children […]

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