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Musings on Presidents’ Day

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Somewhere between first and second grade at P.S. 104 in Bayswater, Queens, we kids Iearned that George Washington as a boy chopped down a cherry tree. With pre-made stencils, we all crayoned an ax to bring home to our mothers. Later, perhaps in third grade, we learned that George Washington could not tell a lie. […]

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What Does It Take To Make A Work Of Art? Many Hands!!!

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ArtsWestchester has embarked on a creative journey to stitch together yards and yards of donated fabric into a monumental work of public art. Sewers and stitchers from all around the county are remembering their Home Economics classes and volunteering their time at some 30-odd Public Sewing Sessions. Others with broader skills in tailoring, designing and […]

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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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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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Judy Matson: A Life Well Lived

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Judy Matson was a friend to me, to ArtsWestchester and to the entire Westchester community. Her passing is a loss to all of us, and I can say with great affection that she always gave generously of herself to many worthy causes. I think of Judy Matson as a quiet force who worked with ArtsWestchester […]

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A River Runs Two Ways

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What’s it like to have a river in your backyard? It’s inspirational, according to Masha Turchinsky, the Yonkers native and Executive Director of the Hudson River Museum. Perched at the Museum, one can look out and gaze at the mighty Hudson, whose presence continues to fuel the museum’s mission. Up until the 16th century, the […]

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