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ArtsWestchester's Janet Langsam Receives Humanitarian Award

Janet Langsam.
Janet Langsam. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Janet Langsam, chief executive officer of ArtsWestchester, was recently honored by the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services for her leadership in advocating and maintaining arts programs for seniors.

She received the Humanitarian Award at the organization’s Golden Harvest Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 2.

“It was a superb decision to honor Janet Langsam with the Golden Harvest Humanitarian Award,” said Commissioner Mae Carpenter of Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services. “Her programs for seniors have enriched their lives and broadened their horizons. Her outreach has been outstanding.”

ArtsWestchester, the county’s oldest and most influential nonprofit for artists and cultural organizations, has been providing free services at low income, county-subsidized senior residencies for more than 30 years, using the arts to reinforce cognitive and social skills.

“With social isolation, as well as transportation and mobility barriers, limiting seniors, we provide hands-on artist residencies that foster socialization by bringing people together for a shared, art-making experience,” Langsam said.

“I am so honored that the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services has highlighted our efforts in the community and we look forward to continuing to provide these kinds of art experiences to seniors in the county.”

Most recently, ArtsWestchester worked with the Sills Family Foundation to provide services to five senior residences in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle. Through this partnership developed this year, more than 100 seniors, 65 years and older, have participated in a series of weekly art workshops in a variety of art mediums.

During her 23-year tenure, Langsam has helped ArtsWestchester, formerly known as the Westchester Arts Council, grow to a $3.8 million agency and has made the arts more visible, diverse and accessible.

For more information, visit artswestchester.org or call 914-428-4220.

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