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White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival Returns This Weekend

City Councilman Ben Boykin congratulates students on winning the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival scholarships awarded annual to college bound seniors.
City Councilman Ben Boykin congratulates students on winning the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival scholarships awarded annual to college bound seniors. Photo Credit: White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The 51st annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival is this weekend, and the proceeds will go toward college scholarships for select seniors at White Plains High School.

Last year's festival took in $13,500, which the nonprofit organization used to award seven scholarships May 21 to the following students:

  • Linnea Kataja received the $4,000 Ronald J. Topping Scholarship (the top award)
  • Cris Henao and Ariella Sacks each received $3,000
  • Jeanthony Ramos received $2,000
  • Jessica Lazo, Dorshelle Guillaume, and Brigida Capicotto each received $500

The proceeds of the festival have benefited college-bound high school seniors in White Plains for the past 39 years. In that time, the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival organizing committee has awarded an estimated $150,000 to students. The top award was named after Ronald J. Topping, who had the idea to award students college scholarships.

The students' art will be on display along side more than 70 artists at the two-day festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Tibbets Park at North Broadway and Main Street.

New this year, the Clay Arts Center from Port Chester will provide art activities for all ages on Sunday. There will also be the regular children's art workshop and a display of emerging artists both days.

Event sponsors include: AKRF, Inc.; Combe, Inc.; Cuddy & Feder LLP; Hudson Valley Bank - White Plains; Jackson Lewis LLP; and Nick Wolff and the Wolff Team at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

For more information about the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, call 866-210-7137 or visit its website .

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