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As a child growing up in segregated Texarkana, Dr. LaRuth Gray found the arts to be her “window to the world.” If sitting in the back of the bus restricted her movement, she learned she could go anywhere and everywhere through the arts. This simple understanding propelled her to a lifetime of leadership in the […]

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Grant Spotlight on ArtsWestchester

From the Streets Opening Reception (photo credit John Vecchiolla)

  I am excited to let you know that ArtsWestchester has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in a recent blog post. ArtsWestchester received a grant from the NEA for our forthcoming “Dataism” exhibition. The original post can be read here. Since 1965, local arts agency ArtsWestchester has ensured “the availability, accessibility, and […]

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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

Brickhead Please Stop – Ceramic brick sculpture – Height 64 – 2007

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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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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The Art of Politics

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While the Supreme Court is deliberating the fate of partisan gerrymandering, artists are depicting the practice as an art form. In her abstract ink drawings, artist Ann Lewis mirrors the actual voter districts to show their randomness. For the uninitiated, partisan gerrymandering is the practice by lawmakers of manipulating the size and shape of electoral districts […]

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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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