WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (March 6, 2015) – Joined by artists, community leaders and members of County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Administration, ArtsWestchester today unveiled the lineup for one of the largest and most impressive arts festivals in Westchester County’s history.
Called ARTSEE: A Festival of New Work, it will celebrate the creative spirit in Westchester. The festival is packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, open studios, poetry readings and more. ARTSEE encompasses 70 events with 40 organizations over 5 months starting in March and running through July.
The festival is part of ArtsWestchester’s year-long 50th Anniversary in 2015 and includes some of Westchester most iconic arts institutions such as Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Emelin Theatre, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Purchase and the Taconic Opera, among many others.
“ARTSEE celebrates the arts in its many forms,” said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “Featuring new artistic work created within the last three years, this festival will highlight the county’s growing reputation as a hub of innovation and creativity. ARTSEE includes a robust and diverse array of arts events for residents and visitors.”
Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett praised the wide breadth of arts and cultural events featured in the festival.
“Westchester County has become a regional destination for the arts, and this festival is further proof Westchester is a place where new work is created and enjoyed,” Plunkett said. “ARTSEE enriches our cultural and is great for our economy as well.”
To kick off ARTSEE, ArtsWestchester is hosting Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America at its gallery in White Plains on March 17. One of the opening exhibits and a major part of the festival, Crossing Borders highlights the work of new and first-generation American artists who use their autobiographies and family history as an artistic tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage and identity.
Major festival support from Entergy; First Niagara; Westchester Medical Center; New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Westchester County Government, with the support of Robert P. Astorino and Westchester County Board of Legislators; National Endowment for the Arts and Con Edison. Media sponsor support from: The Journal News, News 12, Pamal Broadcasting’s 100.7 WHUD and 107.1 The Peak, WAG, Westchester County Business Journal and Westchester Magazine.
For a full calendar listing of ARTSEE events, click here. The brochure can be viewed by visiting http://artsw.org/artsee.