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ARTS AWARDS 2012: Celebrate at Luncheon on April 4 On Wednesday, April 4, ArtsWestchester will honor five individuals and five organizations for outstand- ing contributions to the cultural life of Westchester County. An annual highlight, this year’s Arts Award Luncheon will take place at the Crowne Plaza (White Plains). The festivities begin at 11:30am with a reception and silent auction, followed by a luncheon and awards program beginning at noon.
“This is our version of the Academy Awards,” says ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam. “The Arts Award Luncheon is an affordable ‘feel good’ event with an important purpose of recognizing generosity, dedicat and inspired work. We hope those who know one of the winners, or anyone who values the arts in Westchester, will join us.”
Those wishing to salute the winners may purchase tickets to the luncheon ($65 individual, $40 artists & non-profits), sponsor a table, or take an ad in the Arts Award Luncheon Journal. For tickets or more information, please call (914) 428-4220 x 326, or visit www.artsw.org/artsaward
AND THE WINNERS ARE: Arts Patron
Westchester Community Foundation
As a patron of the arts, Westchester Community Foundation, through its grants-making, signals that the arts play a major role in the philanthropic land- scape. Whether directing one of their donor-advised funds or through one of their discretionary funds, the Foundation has been providing significant sup- port for arts and culture projects which strengthen communities and improve the quality of life in the county. Westchester Community Foundation has been distributing grants for more than thirty years, and in 2011 alone, they provided over $100,000 in grants to a total of seven cultural organizations. “The Westchester Community Foundation believes strongly that a vibrant cultural life is an essential part of every viable community. The Foundation is committed to supporting, celebrating, and strength- ening the nonprofit art and cultural organizations that are an integral part of Westchester’s image and economy.”
Thanks to this company, Westchester residents have been en- joying vibrant and engaging operasfor 14 years. Using local artists, young and upcoming
singers, plus veteran Met performers, they present high-quality, fully staged professional opera that is affordable. Performances are held in the afternoon and evening so that all age groups can attend, and many are free for students. Educating the public about opera is a “mantra” of the Taconic, which they do through a series of in-school productions. Taconic Opera is broadening its reach by scheduling future performances at Purchase College Performing Arts Center as well as at their original home in Yorktown.
Castle Gallery, New Rochelle For over 30 years, one of Westchester’s hidden gems is right on The College of New Rochelle's campus. Castle Gallery serves as a vital art resource for the community, and it is actually in a “castle." Leland Castle is a 19th century Gothic revival castle listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Host- ing exhibitions of works by new and established artists, such as Gordon Parks, Byron Goto, and Laura James, Castle Gallery represents outstanding curational practices in researching and pre- paring exhibitions and sharing them with the community. Students at The College of New Rochelle use the Gallery as a valuable resource and local school groups ben- efit from guided tours through which teach- ers bring the arts into the classroom.
Westchester is fortunate to have a world-class children’s hospital at Westchester Medical Center, where professionals see the whole child, not just the disease. The Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy program at Maria Fareri provides soothing music for the tiniest premature babies and poetry writing for children with cancer or heart problems. Thanks to a dedicated team of professional art therapists, the arts are everywhere in this hospital, helping to heal sick children and comfort their families with a song, a painting, or a poem. Through the power of the arts, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is bringing normalcy back into some very fragile lives.
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Child Life and Arts Therapy Program
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