A pair of features highlight the outstanding arts education at New Rochelle High School, exemplified by the Museum of Arts & Culture, the only school-based, Regents-chartered museum in all of New York State. Read this interview with visiting artist Susan Luss, as well as this related blogpost. I am proud that our public schools make cultural enrichment so accessible to students.
Our new downtown murals are receiving lots of positive attention, both within and beyond New Rochelle. Here’s an admiring piece from Brooklyn Street Art, complete with photographs of all the murals. Creative energy is a key part of any successful downtown, and I am delighted that New Rochelle is attracting world-class talent. #NRNYMurals
This is a fun podcast from Mo Rocca about the life and (too often forgotten) impact of Thomas Paine. Rocca opens the podcast in New Rochelle, at our dedication of Bonnie Meadow Road in honor of the Dick Van Dyke Show. Learn more about Paine at New Rochelle’s own Thomas Paine Cottage Museum.
Be sure to check out the new #NRNYMurals throughout downtown New Rochelle. I was delighted to participate in an official unveiling this afternoon. Amazing additions to our local streetscape, many at prominent locations, several quite dramatic, all adding terrific creative energy to the whole area, and consistent with the City’s goal of attracting both economic and cultural vitality to our downtown. You can see the first batch of murals for yourself at 542 Main Street, 134 North Avenue, 38 Division Street, the Radisson Hotel, 309 North Avenue, 44 Fountain Place, and 555 Main Street — with more to come. Here’s additional information from the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.
It’s exciting to see New Rochelle’s Center for the Arts taking shape on Main Street, as the entire facade at the former Loew’s theater undergoes renovation. (Lots of interior work still to be done.) With a black box theater and gallery space, the Arts Center will become a hub of cultural activity in the heart of our downtown. And because the facility is incorporated into RXR’s first major project at 360 Huguenot, it also reflects a nice marriage of old and new, preservation and development.
The 10th Annual New Rochelle ArtsFest kicks off this Friday, October 4th, with an amazing range of events continuing through Saturday and Sunday.
Studio tours, live performances, gallery displays, and kids’ activities — plus food and drink — at literally dozens of venues. It’s way too much to list in a brief post, so be sure to check out the full schedule at newrochellearts.org.
Thank you to the New Rochelle Council on the Arts for its sponsorship and to all the participating artists and organizers. We are fortunate to live in a community with so much cultural vitality.