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Music Conservatory in White Plains Among Venues In Westchester Arts Fest

Dignitaries at ARTSEE kickoff with ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam in middle. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
From left,Michael Boriskin of Copland House, Janet Langsam, Bill Mooney of the County's Economic Development office, Natasha Caputo, director, Westchester Tourism, and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
The ARTSEE logo. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam discusses the many events of ARTSEE. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- New and exciting dance performances, concerts, film, theater, art exhibitions, poetry readings and more, all representing the creative spirit of Westchester, is about to go on full display thanks to ARTSEE: A Festival of New Work which spans 40 cultural organizations and 70 events.

The five-month celebration, which officially kicked off at ArtsWestchester March 5 amidst a host of artists, community leaders and county executives continues through July.

The festival is part of ArtsWestchester's year-long 50th anniversary and includes some of the area's most iconic art institutions such as Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, Mamaroneck's Emelin Theatre, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, Mount Kisco's Copland House, SUNY Purchase and Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, among others.

"ARTSEE celebrates the arts in it many forms," said Janet Langsam, chief executive officer of ArtsWestchester. "Featuring new artistic work created within the last three years, this festival will highlight the country's growing reputation as a hub of innovation and creativity."

The festival's first official celebration is at ArtsWestchester's White Plains building where "Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America" will preview on March 15 from noon to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The exhibit includes new and first-generation artists from all over the country, such as Nigeria, Israel and South Africa, who now call Westchester home.

"Crossing Borders" uses these artists' autobiographies and family history as a tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage and identity.

Other events include six world premieres written by the Fellows of Copland House’s flagship emerging composers’ institute in June, the revealing of an emerging Texas artist and winner of the Rutsch Award at Pelham Arts Center May 1 to June 13, and international dance peformances at the Emelin Theater March 20, April 24 and May 15.

"From the northern tip of Westchester to its Southern border, we have a lot to be proud of and to celebrate in terms of cultural offerings," said Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett. "This festival springs Westchester into life."

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