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MAY 2012 news in brief Greenburgh’s History through Photos

Greenburgh’s History through Photos (Photo Credit: Ruth Mitchell)

ArtsWestchester’s new 9th floor gallery and rehearsal space will set the stage for Greenburgh: The Fight for Change, an exhibition of works by photographer John Shearer. The show, on view May 3 - 11, will feature Shearer’s portraits of community leaders who were instrumental in

establishing the Greenburgh Central 7 School District. A special invite-only opening reception on May 3 will feature award-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Schnall in discussion with other distinguished Greenburgh alumni. The topic of conversation will include plans for a film project covering the district’s history, its successes and the individuals who helped create this progressive and vibrant community. For more info, visit:

Local Cultural Organizations Welcome New Leaders

Three Westchester cultural organizations have recently welcomed new leadership.

Lisa Reiss was named Executive Director of the Paramount Center for the Arts (PCA) in Peekskill in late October. Reiss brings over 30 years experience in the event industry and was the Paramount’s programming consultant for 11 years. Most recently, Reiss served as Executive Director of Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund at the Clayton Opera House in Clayton, NY.

Long-time Pelham resident Barbara Bratone has stepped in as Interim Executive Director of The Picture House. Bratone, who has spent 30 years in the nonprofit world leading local, national, and international organizations, will concentrate on programming and developing a marketing and communications strategy that attracts people to the theater.

As of late March, Rena Zurofsky has joined Lyndhurst in Tarrytown to serve as Interim Site Director. Ms. Zurofsky, a consultant for the National Trust, which owns and operates Lyndhurst, recently concluded an extended term at another National Trust Historic Site, the Philip Johnson Glass House in Connecticut. Zurofsky holds an MBA from Columbia and has spent her career working at historic sites and museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum and the MET.

Governor Cuomo (seated) approves funding for the arts

The Arts NYS Coalition, comprising statewide arts groups, including ArtsWestchester, headed to Albany last February to appeal for increased funds for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The New York State budget which was recently passed included a $4 million increase to NYSCA, the first increase of its kind in four years. This funding reflects Governor Cuomo’s and the Legislature’s understanding that the arts provide high economic value for, and are a key factor of, vibrant community life.

The economic impact of Westchester County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry is $119.88 million with 3,779 jobs, and statewide arts-related businesses generate $27.5 billion, according to the Arts NYS Coalition.

Dick Clark

Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Announces Setting the Stage Winners

Joslyn Housley, Robert Nelson and Jason Williams

The winners have been announced for Hudson Valley Writers’ Center’s New Playwriting Series/ Competition, Setting the Stage, aimed at developing and bringing attention to dynamic new plays by local established and emerging writers. The Center will host readings of the three finalists’ work: The Silver Thread by Joslyn Nicole Housley on June 3, Significant Others by Jason Odell Williams on September 23, and Sweet Pea’s Mama by Robert Lawrence Nelson on December 2. The project is a collaboration with the Axial Theatre in Pleasantville, whose Executive Director Howard Meyer is co-curator of Setting the Stage. For more information, visit: www. and

Funding for the Arts Receives $4 Million Boost

In Memorium: Richard Schaab Longtime Ossining resident and former Vice President of the Westchester County Association, Richard D. Schaab, Sr., passed away on April 18 at age 71. Mr. Schaab was a strong and valued supporter of the arts throughout his life. He is survived by his

Richard Schaab

wife of 43 years, Jane, his two children Richard Jr. and Jane Anne, and his two sisters Ellen Sonnenfroh and Mary Wicklund.

In addition to his 19 years with the County Association from 1986-2005, he was active for many years in Junior Achievement in Westchester, and was a very active member of St. Augustine’s Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and worked on many committees. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601.

In Memorium: Dick Clark

Dick Clark, famed producer and television personality, died on April 18 at age 82. Born in Bronxville and raised in Mount Vernon, Clark was the host of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and founder of Dick Clark Productions; however, he is best known for his

run as the influential host of American Bandstand, the catalyst for introducing Rock ’n’ Roll music into the mainstream at a time when the genre and the rebellious identity of its young fan base were controversial. The show was one of ABC’s longest running series, and introduced significant stars such as Buddy Holly and Madonna.

Clark was truly a Renaissance Man. His company began the American Music Awards, and introduced a litany of entertainment to television, from game shows to movies and more. “Once you got to know Dick, it was obvious why he was so beloved by his fans,” said Daniel M. Snyder, Chairman of Dick Clark Productions. “He was in every sense of the word, a giant."

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