www.newrochellearts.org Since 1975 NRCA has worked to foster and support arts in the community and to
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for more than 45 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art
-- like the popular Fleur-de-Lis sculptures downtown and the NRNY murals -- and created annual events like the Summer Sounds Concert Series at Hudson Park and ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. The NRCA website www.newrochellearts.org has become the “go-to” place for information about the arts. Membership in NRCA is open to artists and non-artists alike, with members receiving special discounts and invitations to networking events and studio tours. For more information visit NRCA on the web at www.newrochellearts.org.
"Histoury Tours" is offering holiday gift cards -- a chance to save money on their upcoming 2024 programs, including this one:
Historic Homes of New Rochelle: A Bus Tour of Mediterranean Revival Homes
March 24, 2024 • 1:00 p.m. • 3.5 hours (approx.) • From $49
Historic homes in New Rochelle include an impressive array of styles that were popular during the heyday of its growth in the Roaring Twenties, including Mediterranean Revival. The style was inspired by the villas of Spain, Italy, and Portugal. By blending their characteristic stucco walls, archways, tile roofs, and patios and balconies, Americans sought to capture the warmth, relaxation, and leisurely feel of a European resort.
Our bus tour will take you throughout New Rochelle to see a collection of these homes, highlighted with special interior stops along the way!
This is a one-time-only event, space is limited.
The bus start/stop location will be in New Rochelle, specific details will be provided prior to the tour via email.
"Scientific research has begun to explore why music appears to have such a strong effect on health and wellness, particularly mental health, where sounds can serve as a conduit to lift someone’s mood, help them reflect and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.....
Research has shown that adding music therapy to a patient’s regular treatment, like medication and psychotherapy, can improve depressive symptoms when compared with standard treatment alone. Studies also indicate that music therapy can decrease anxiety levels and improve day-to-day functioning in people with depression.
More studies are needed to better understand why, but scientists do know that music engages multiple regions of the brain, like the limbic system, which helps process emotions and recollections. This may be partly why music is known to bring back memories.'
In music therapy, clients play and listen to music as treatment for stress, depression and anxiety. Here’s how it works.
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts board holiday party tonight was full of smiles and good cheer!
What other high school in Westchester has a planetarium? Enjoy the annual show at New Rochelle High School!
Love these photos from Street Art for Mankind of the new mural at 111 Centre Avenue by case_maclaim
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Coleman School of Dance at Holiday Market
Enjoy the school's holiday dancers performing excerpts of The Nutcracker! Monday December 11th at 5:15 pm @ The New Rochelle Train Station! :)
Due to the predicted inclement weather, the outdoor Holiday Market will be closed today, Sunday, Dec. 10. It will resume on Monday at 4pm, featuring a special performance by the Coleman Dance Company at 5:15pm. Market hours: Weekdays 4-8pm, weekends: 12-8 pm.
Naomi Grossman, a mixed media artist, commuted to Long Island City, NY for 20 years, spending much of that commute drawing. (She now has a studio close to home in New Rochelle, NY. ) See an exhibit of those sketches at R Cafe through January 27th.
Naomi makes wire figurative sculptures - often with words embedded in their "skin" -- as well as self-portraits from various materials and mixed media drawings from life, using hidden words at times.
The Symphony of Westchester invites you to an All Mozart Program at iona College on Sunday, December 17th: Journey through time as the great master's timeless compositions take center stage.
Sinfonia Conertante K. 364 in E Flat MajorAlexander Abayev, violin and Joel Rudin, viola – soloists
Adagio (K. 261) and Rondo (K.373) for ViolinAlexander Abayev soloist
Symphony no. 31, K. 297 (the Paris)
Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 p.m.
(Snow date is Saturday, December 16th at 3:00 p.m.)
Price: Tickets are $55 for General Admission, $40 for seniors (over 65) and $15 for students with valid ID.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.thesymphonyofwestchester.org/tickets.html or call 914-654-4926 for more information.
Violin soloist, Alexander Abayev
Viola soloist, Joel Rudin
Conducted by Barry Charles Hoffman
This series is made possible in part by the Iona University Council on the Arts through the generosity of JoAnn Murphy and Joseph Murphy and the Baron Lambert fund. Additionally, this performance is made possible in part by the Basic Program Support of the Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Coming up this weekend:
Tonight! You're invited to the Museum of Arts & Culture to celebrate Laura Heiss, beloved ALMS art teacher and former MAC director. Free opening reception from 6 to 8 pm.
🎨🛍️ ‘Tis the season to support arts and artists! This National , join the nationwide celebration promoting local artists & your local creative economy—just in time for holiday season.
For the next two days you can still watch renowned German street artist Case Maclaim at work on New Rochelle's newest mural, a 7.500 square foot wall at 111 Centre Avenue. Better yet you can grab a great cup of coffee at Cafetero to keep you warm while you watch art happening in our city!
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Happening now on Centre Avenue downtown:
Artist Case Maclaim, internationally renowned for his renderings of colorful hands on walls around the world (including Wynwood, Miami’s outdoor art museum), is bringing his signature work to New Rochelle, as part of the NRNY murals curated and produced by the New York based non-profit Street Art for Mankind (SAM). This mural was made possible thanks to the support and vision of the Modera by Mill Creek.
Between 2019 and 2022, Street Art for Mankind (SAM) curated 22 massive murals in New Rochelle with prominent international artists to reflect on the creativity, diversity and resiliency of the New Rochelle community. The murals, linked by SAM’s free audio-guide app “Behind the Wall”, form an unprecedented outdoor museum that New Rochelleans and New Yorkers can walk to enjoy fine-art pieces and also reflect on contemporary issues such as climate change, diversity, gender equality, quality education, ocean protection, the pandemic...
This initiative was supported by the City of New Rochelle, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) and passionate developers like Mill Creek.
At the Modera building by Mill Creek, on 111 Centre Avenue, SAM curated the existing alley as a fine-art gallery experience on the theme “People, Places and Relationships”. The first phase, painted in 2022 by Spanish artist Cristian Blanxer, saw the creation of five large paintings using a double-exposure effect and featuring recognized New Rochelleans with their rich backgrounds. The new gigantic mural currently going up on the Hallen School side of the Modera alley, will complete the second phase of this gallery experience.
This iconic 7,500 square feet mural, created by German artist Case Maclaim, will feature colorful and impeccably executed overlapping hands walking forward. It will celebrate in a conceptual way this diversity of people coming together as one to create a bright and colorful future for all. New Rochelleans walking the talk!
Thanks to this signature Case Maclaim work, New Rochelle will yet again shed a light on the vibrancy of its community, and the importance of public art as a universal language to inspire all generations. It is now showcasing some of the most talented street artists of our time, and proving to have one of the most vibrant outdoor museums in our country.
Hear curators Audrey and Thibault Decker talk about their work on the NRCA podcast All About the Arts at https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/arts-new-rochelle/episodes/Episode-8---Meet-Audrey-and-Thibault-Decker-All-About-the-Murals-e2bvjuv
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POSTPONED EVENTS: Due to the expected rains on Sunday, Rudolph Rocs New Ro and the Holiday Lighting will be rescheduled to Saturday, December 9th. Mark your calendars! 🎅 🎄 📅
NRCA Board Appreciation Post:
As we head into the holidays NRCA is grateful for all the volunteers who make the arts happen right here at home! The NRCA Board meets monthly to to keep NRCA running: They raise funds and manage the finances, create and run programs and events, set policy and make sure NRCA runs in compliance with best practices for non profits. And all NRCA committees are chaired by Board members.
NRCA is looking for people to help us with the Summer Sounds Concert Series, ArtsFest, Programs and Special Events as well as the NRCA Board. Interested in finding out more about how YOU can get involved? Email [email protected] !
Wonderful new show at the Museum of Arts & Culture at NRHS:
"Biscuits From Heaven": Laura Heiss, A Life of Art
A graduate of NRHS, SUNY Cortland and CNR, Laura Heiss was an art teacher at ALMS for over 30 years, and the Director of the MAC for the past 5 years. She sadly passed away early this year. This is a retrospective of her lifetime of creativity: Laura was a master of watercolors, acrylics, collage and assemblage depicting animals, still lives, landscapes and the JOY of LIFE.
Laura also LOVED dogs, and her 2019 Pop Up Library (featuring her dog Rosie) still stands at Paws Park opposite Ward School.
The public is invited to an Evening Reception next Wednesday, Dec. 6th from 6 to 8 pm.
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts mourns the passing of Frances Sternhagen Carlin, the Tony Award winning actress who also lit up movie and tv screens -- as well as her hometown of New Rochelle.
When NRCA created the Sound Shore Shakespeare Festival in 2010 we of course reached out to New Rochelle's best known actor to be part of it, and she was game. We asked Fran and Mayor Noam Bramson to help us create a literary afternoon we called "Odes for the Bard," where the two of them took turns reciting their favorite sonnets and talking about Shakespeare.
An enchanted audience of about 75 people enjoyed the literary Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Wilmot Episcopal Church. A reception of “Shakespearean Sweets” (including a strawberry tart, bread pudding and other treats) prepared by City Historian Barbara Davis and a tour of the historic site followed the reading.
Read more about Frances Sternhagen:
Frances Sternhagen, Actress Who Thrived in Mature Roles, Dies at 93 https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/29/theater/frances-sternhagen-dead.html?smid=nytcore-android-share
On the evening of Wednesday, December 6 celebrate A LIFE OF ART by Laura Heiss! This new exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Culture runs through December 22. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibit celebrates Laura’s 40+ years as an art teacher in the school district and shares works from her life as an artist.
NRCA's December e-newsletter is out today, jampacked with holiday art happenings, including this story on where to see "The Nutcracker" ballet this month! Didn't receive the newsletter in your inbox? Contact us at [email protected] for your free subscription!
Going "Nuts": Where to See "The Nutcracker"
For many the holiday season doesn’t seem complete without a performance of The Nutcracker -- the classic ballet that combines a dreamy score with eye-popping costumes and virtuoso performances -- and this year local companies are offering a variety of interpretations for all tastes and all ages.
On Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm the Ajkun Ballet brings a community-focused version of The Nutcracker to the Whitney Young Auditorium at New Rochelle High School. Choreogarphed by Chiara Ajkun, this version features children from the community performing alongside professional dancers from the Ajkun Ballet. For tickets click HERE
Then Ajkun Ballet shifts gears to offer an immersive experience in New York City on Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm from December 2 through December 17. The intimate ”Face to Face Series” takes place in the Rudolf Nureyev Studio on the 6th floor of The City Center (130 W. 56th Street), with the audience seated in close proximity to the performers and a chance to meet the cast and crew for photos at the end of the show. Proceeds benefit “A Ticket to Dream,” offering free tickets to underprivileged community members. Tickets start at $59; click HERE for details.
On Saturday, Dec. 9 (two shows, 2 pm and 7 pm) and Sunday, Dec. 10 (at 7 pm) Hudson Ballet Theatre presents a modern take on the classic ballet: How the Grouch Stole The Nutcracker. Described as a “ballet mashup between two classic holiday stories, The Grinch and The Nutcracker," the ballet follows Clara and Louisa Whosit as they go in search of the Grouch, who Clara believes has stolen her beloved Nutcracker Doll. Staged at the Bendheim Theater of JCC Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale. Tickets cost $27; click HERE to reserve.
Purists can find a more classical presentation on Dec. 10 (at 12:30 pm and 5 pm) when Central Park Dance presents The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester. This is the 8th annual production, featuring over 100 dancers from Central Park Dance and surrounding Westchester communities, and features Tanner Schwartz (formerly with Boston Ballet ) and Lucy Nevin (formerly with Washington Ballet.) Be forewarned that tickets are in high demand for this event: Click HERE
Finishing out the season (on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 2:30 pm) the New Rochelle Public Library presents a child-friendly version entitled Nutcracker Everywhere. Was "The Nutcracker" a dream or did it really happen? Participants of all ages will delight in the story of the timeless classic told through narration and dance. Participants will have a chance to learn sections of dances with the performers, making it a fun experience for all! This free event is appropriate for children ages 3 to 12 years accompanied by an adult.
Lots of great music happening this weekend!
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Oooo … a little throwback to ArtsFest 2023!!
Don’t let the daisy-smiles fool you, it was a cold and blustery day but clearly we did not get the mood memo and we were 💯 there for good vibing.
We’re hibernating for the winter like proper faux-emus but keep on the lookout for some Spring 2024 spottings.
Thanks to the dedicated and passionate sponsors and teams at for the critical and amazing support of independent local and original art. We heart you beyond words!!
'Tis the Season of Giving! Today is -- a day that recognizes and supports non-profits making a difference all over the globe.
For nearly 50 years the New Rochelle Council on the Arts has been supporting the arts right here at home, enriching the community with art exhibits, live music and dance, theater, spoken word, the Rotunda Gallery space at City Hall, public art like the NRNY Murals, and annual events like the Summer Sounds Concert Series and ArtsFest.
Your donation can make a difference: Please consider making a contribution to the New Rochelle Council on the Arts this holiday season. Go to www.newrochellearts.org and click on DONATE.
The December edition of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts e-newsletter comes out tomorrow and it is jam packed with holiday themed art events and activities! To add your name to the list email [email protected]
Call for submissions:
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It's here: The latest episode of NRCA's "All About the Arts" podcast, featuring artist Marie Hines Cowan, is now live on Spotify!
Marie is a figurative oil painter whose work marries mythology with colloquial culture. Marie studied Classical Literature at New York University, and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology; the large-scale works she creates at her studio here in New Rochelle are narrative, bold, colorful and painterly, but also graphic and illustrative. We’ll talk to Marie about where her fascination with ancient Greek mythology came from and how it has influenced her work.
Listen on Spotify here:
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New Rochelle artist J.C. Leyendecker (his home is now Mt. Tom Day School) created this holiday cover for the Saturday Evening Post in 1928 to honor the 300th anniversary of Thanksgiving – and the shifting focus “from pilgrims to pigskin”.
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