Arts Center Takes Shape on Main Street

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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.

New Ro ArtsFest This Weekend

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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.

The Winning Artist: Daniel Martinez

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Congratulations to Daniel Martinez, who won a year’s free rent at the just-completed 360 Huguenot development. Daniel, a photographer, came out on top in a competition featuring more than 100 artists.

Yesterday, at the ribbon-cutting for 360 Huguenot — the first completed project from our master developers and an important milestone in New Rochelle’s downtown renewal efforts — RXR Chairman Scott Rechler and I presented Daniel with a symbolic check.

Mayor Noam Bramson, Daniel Martinez, and RXR Chairman Scott Rechler

Daniel’s remarks in response were gracious, heartfelt, and full of enthusiasm for New Rochelle. We will all benefit from his talents, and from the creative energy of other artists who choose to make New Rochelle home.

Musical Gift from France

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As New Rochelle prepares to honor our French founders by celebrating Bastille Day tomorrow, I was delighted to welcome to my office three young jazz musicians from our sister city, La Rochelle. Watch them perform briefly with New Rochelle’s own Brian Carter on drums, and catch them also at Hudson Park tonight at 7:30pm and on Library Green tomorrow at 1:00pm. Vive La France!

Creatively Speaking Film Series at New Ro Library

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On Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th, the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library will host the Creatively Speaking Film Series, with curated films that focus on little-known history lessons, the significance of family and education, identity and culture, and coming of age and migration stories. Creatively Speaking will also feature facilitated discussions, many of which will include the films’ directors. This press release contains more information.

You Can Choose the Winning Artist

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Back in March, New Rochelle and our master developers RXR announced an exciting contest to offer a year’s free rent to one fortunate artist. In response, we received more than 100 outstanding submissions — a tribute to our community’s burgeoning cultural and creativity energy. Since then, an evaluation panel has had the difficult task of choosing three finalists.

Now you have an opportunity to select the winner via an online vote.

Visit this site to read all about the finalists, watch their videos, and cast your vote. And learn more about the contest in this press release.

The voting ends at midnight on July 7th. Good luck to the artists!