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Westchester Arts Organizations Share the Stage to Discuss the ART of College Planning

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Rye-based college planning and academic achievement company Novella Prep will hold a free workshop and Q&A for parents looking to maximize their child’s potential through the arts and get a head start on college planning.  At 6:00pm in the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Recital Hall in White Plains, representatives from several well-established arts organizations in Westchester County will share the stage to offer guidance to parents on how to take advantage of artistic and creative opportunities for their children from the middle school years through the college admissions process.

The program will also be livestreamed via Zoom on Thursday, September 20 starting at 6:30pm. Livestream link is available with digital RSVP to the event.

The focus of the discussion will be how various arts programming ranging from music and visual arts, to theatre and dance can positively impact a child’s development and enhance their college applications. Parents and students in grades 7-12 will gain and understanding of developmental and cognitive benefits of the arts that contribute to academic achievement. The workshop will also integrate insight on how arts participation and enrichment can benefit students applying as any college major.

Participating arts organizations and representatives in attendance will be:

  • Clay Art Center, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Executive Director
  • Music Conservatory of Westchester, Douglas E. Bish, Ph.D., Dean of Students and Faculty
  • Pelham Art Center, Charlotte Mouquin, Executive Director
  • Random Farms Kids’ Theater, Alexis Grausz, Artistic Director
  • Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Shelley Grantham, Executive Director

During the workshop, Novella Prep founder F. Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D. will lead the discussion and Q&A session to follow. There will also be time to speak with representatives from the participating arts organizations one-on-one after the Q&A portion of the workshop. Parents are encouraged to bring their children in grades 7-12 to share and learn from the conversation.

The ART of College Planning: A Workshop and Q&A
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester, Recital Hal
216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
Time: 6:00pm (seating is open), 6:30pm start
Free Admission
RSVP at: goo.gl/forms/w2ca0NzOPsKTNSRu2
Broadcast on Zoom starting at 6:30pm
Questions: Tony DiGiacomo, 914-586-2800, events@novellaprep.com

Join Us for Some Free Family Fun at Our Mural Unveiling Party

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites the entire Westchester County community for a free outdoor Mural Unveiling Party on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1pm-4pm on the Conservatory’s campus at 216 Central Avenue in White Plains! The community music school is celebrating the unveiling of the full-scale painted mural designed by local Westchester County students in collaboration with professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch as part of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest. This will be a family-friendly afternoon event with food trucks, live music, face-painting, outdoor activities, and more!

“We are very excited to unveil the finished mural, celebrate and share it with the entire community,” Executive Director Jean Newton said. “It is a thrill to bring art and music together for such a festive event.”

The mural will be unveiled to the community at 2pm with community leaders in attendance and the support of local sponsors Faust Harrison Pianos and Thomson’s Art Supply. Cuisine from a variety of local mobile food vendors as well as live music performed by Conservatory students and faculty, outdoor games and fun activities will entertain attendees of all ages throughout the party.

The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artistic youth in Westchester County to create their vision of what the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music” means to them in a large-scale mural form. Numerous entries were submitted by middle and high school students around Westchester County with the hope that their artwork would be chosen as the basis for a mural to be painted on the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains.

“This mural project will reflect the Conservatory’s wonderful musical community, the rich diversity of our greater Westchester community, and the vital role music plays in all our lives,” Newton added.

Over the summer, the winning students participated in a week-long collaborative mural art workshop led by Cuban American artist and New York City-based art educator Jonathan Villoch, to develop the final design based on the students’ artwork. Elements of artwork submissions by the contest finalists will also be incorporated into the mural design. In a tie, based on scores from all eight members of the adjudication panel, two students were chosen as winners of the contest.


Winning students Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader from Pelham Memorial High School and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader from White Plains High School, collaborate with mural artist and workshop mentor, Jonathan Villoch, on the final mural design.

“I was happy to nurture the artwork that these students put so much effort into creating,” Jonathan Villoch said. “We will have to wait and see the final painted mural.”

Recently, the City of White Plains has embraced public art projects in the community representing the vibrant diversity of the city and Westchester County. White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach mentioned in a public statement that this community public art project will “not only beautify the city; it will also benefit an important community partner, which is the Conservatory.”

Join the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, September 30th for an exciting mural unveiling and fun outdoor community party to celebrate how art and music bring people together like nothing else! In the event of inclement weather, the Mural Unveiling Party will have a rain date on Sunday, October 7th from 1pm-4pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

Mural Unveiling Party
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018)
Time: 1-4pm
Free Admission
Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606



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