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JULY 2019

ArtsMobile Brings the Arts to Local Neighborhoods

ArtsWestchester, with major support from White Plains Hospital and Con Edison,  announced the launch of the ArtsMobile in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester’s new ArtsMobile, a colorful RAM van custom-fit with all kinds of art supplies, will bring free arts programming to children and audiences of all ages outside the traditional classroom or studio setting.

 

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam explains, “The ArtsMobile is an entirely new concept for us – one that allows us to bring creative, collaborative arts activities to Westchester youth and their families, where they live. It is also an extension of our 35-year commitment to arts education currently bringing art-making workshops to schools and after-school programs.”  Langsam continues, “Our partnership with White Plains Hospital and Con Edison recognizes that art-making is a healthy pursuit and one that enlivens our communities.”

 

The ArtsMobile will allow professional teaching artists, including Barry Mason, Miguel Cossio and Vicky Youngman, to bring hands-on art workshops designed to spark imaginations and encourage creative expression into neighborhoods providing arts activities to those who have little or no access to the arts.

 

From April through October, the ArtsMobile will be scheduled to take its artists and mobile arts programming to White Plains Housing Authority sites, Westchester festivals, neighborhood parks and community events. Workshops, that will take place outdoors, around the vehicle, will include, but are not limited to: print-making, ceramics, painting, botanical drawing, landscape drawing, and mask-making.

Dawn French, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Community Outreach for White Plains Hospital says, “More and more research supports the fact that engagement in arts activities and creative expression enhances healing, coping and promotes overall well-being.  In fact, in a study published by the NIH titled The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature, the authors conclude that engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.”   French adds, “Integrating art into community settings is a meaningful way to engage our neighbors around wellness strategies that they can employ to enhance health and overall quality of life.”

 

While many believe that engagement in the arts helps kids and adults to think “out of the box,” according to an Americans for the Arts survey, 63 percent of the population also believes the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experience,” and 73 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”

 

ArtsMobile teaching artists will encourage participants in the creation of hand-made objects, drawings, prints and paintings, nurturing each person’s capacity to express themselves and to create meaningful and beautiful works of art for themselves and for their families.

 

County Executive George Latimer explains, “The arts are important to the Westchester way of life. As a longtime partner to ArtsWestchester, it’s critical that we continue to work together to make arts opportunities accessible to every County resident. The ArtsMobile goes a long way in helping us reach that goal.”

 

ArtsWestchester CEO Janet T. Langsam concludes, “The arts bring us joy, they allow us to imagine and to dream; they give us voice and they create spaces for us to connect with other people. Thanks to the generous support of our partners, our new ArtsMobile will be able to share the many benefits the arts offer to communities throughout Westchester County.”

 

WHERE TO FIND THE ARTSMOBILE

 

Events are free to the public unless otherwise noted

All Events are subject to change without notice

 

See the schedule of upcoming events here:

https://artswestchester.org/the-artsmobile/

 

May

Friday the 3rd – 10am to 5pm

ArtsMobile on hand 10am to 3pm

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst

635 S Broadway

Tarrytown, NY

For admission fees visit www.artrider.com

 

Saturday the 5th – 8:30am to 12pm

White Plains Farmers’ Market

Court Street (between Martine Ave/Main St)

White Plains, NY

 

Saturday the 11th – 8:30am to 1pm

ArtsMobile on hand 10am to 1pm

Larchmont Farmers Market

Metro North – Upper Lot (Chatsworth Av/Myrtle Blvd)

Larchmont, NY

 

June

Saturday the 29th – 11am to 3pm

White Plains Farmer’s Market

Court Street (between Martine Ave/Main St)

White Plains, NY