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March 2018

ArtsWestchester Announces Honorees for Arts Awards Ceremony

ArtsWestchester has announced nine individuals and organizations who will be honored at its annual Arts Awards Luncheon in April. Spanning a range of disciplines, the honorees are: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Pocantico Center’s Presenting Series; longtime education and arts advocate Dr. LaRuth Gray; arts supporters Deborah and Alan Simon; renowned conductor and opera aficionado Will Crutchfield; The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College; The Play Group Theatre; Lifetime Arts and Lee Pope, founder of The Schoolhouse Theatre.


 Leaders from the county’s civic, arts, and business community will gather to celebrate the stellar accomplishments of these honorees during ArtsWestchester’s Annual Arts Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 11 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. All honorees have impacted the cultural life of the county over the last year and beyond.


“The Arts Award has been presented since 1976 to recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester, its communities and its citizens,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam. “We congratulate the distinguished honorees and look forward to celebrating with them at our annual Arts Awards Luncheon.”


 The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College (PAC), now celebrating its 40th season,  will receive The 2018 Cultural Organization Award.   The Performing Arts Center is a major professional, non-profit arts presenter in the tristate region.  In fact, it is the largest performing arts venue outside of New York City. The Performing Arts Center is dedicated to enriching the cultural and intellectual lives of the public and of students. The PAC presents a diverse season of programming with a variety of artists and repertoire, including multi-cultural and “popular” genres, attracting more than 125,000 people with its more than 200 public performances and events each year. Its arts-in-education program is regionally recognized for providing high quality, low-cost education to students in the region. It reaches approximately 16,000 school children from over 40 school districts in six counties. By presenting a broad range of influences and traditions, its programming appeals to a broad demographic. Unique among college venues, the PAC has initiated a new partnership with the Westchester Philharmonic, making the group its resident orchestra. Other PAC programs include: classes, talks, and discounted tickets for children, senior citizens, veterans, and Purchase College alumni, faculty, staff, and students.


The 2018 Arts Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. with its reception and boutique, followed by the luncheon and award presentation at 12:00 p.m. at the Westchester Country Club located at 99 Biltmore Avenue in Rye. Tickets cost $85. For more information about how to purchase tickets for the Arts Awards Luncheon or for more information about ArtsWestchester, visit www.artswestchester.org.