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One by One—Artists Changing the World

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For most artists, a grant is simply an opportunity to create a work of art. Ah, but once in awhile, it’s a chance to change the world. Yardena Youner wrote to me from Israel to remind me of a grant she received from ArtsWestchester (at the time Westchester Arts Council) some 23 years ago for […]

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Soaking Up Sun at the Museum

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    Two extraordinary exhibitions will stick around in Westchester just a little longer than planned. These are one-person shows by two brilliant African American artists that opened just shortly before the coronavirus changed our world. At the Katonah Museum of Art, the vivid portrait quilts of Bisa Butler reign in the galleries until October 4th, […]

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The New Cultural Reality

Much of government funding for the arts over the past 50 years has been built on the premise that “matching funds” were the mark of a successful project. If an organization could come up with a match, it seemed to assure funders that the project would be viable.  For agencies like the National Endowment for […]

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Art on the Bridge

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There’s something magical about a work of art that sends me an inaudible message from the artist. Usually, it’s a clue that allows me to perceive the work in a totally unexpected way. That is how I felt about the eight artists who won ten coveted commissions for artworks on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo […]

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The Secret is Out…The Blaze Will Glow Again This Year

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It’s a little early to be thinking about pumpkins. The roses are hardly in bloom. But ever since COVID-19 became a crisis, Waddell Stillman has been obsessed with those orange creatures of fall. Stillman is not a farmer, but the President and CEO of Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), the organization that, in 2005 dreamed up […]

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A Dream on Hold

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                                                                                                    We at ArtsWestchester are launching […]

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In Times like These What Do We Need?

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    In times like these, what do we need? A touch… a voice…perhaps, a hand…a place to sigh, or cry… maybe we need a space to think of things to come, of ways to cope. In these uncertain times, we need a song to sing… a path to follow… a phrase to give us hope. Some words may help us believe again. We need a way, a means, to help us fathom […]

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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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