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A year in review at The Rye Arts Center

Another successful year for The Rye Arts Center concluded at the end of June. It has been a year of growth and commu­nity building. More than 20,000 people have enjoyed the many programs and activities offered by The Rye Arts Center, the re­gion’s largest multi-arts center.

Visitors may have noticed changes to the center’s historic home at 51 Milton Road. The Children’s Studio and main of­fice have both received major renovations this year (made pos­sible through The Wallace Fox Foundation). The Performing Arts Room also underwent face­lift gaining new sound and light­ing equipment, curtains, chairs and a new screen and projector. Hundreds of visitors have al­ready enjoyed concerts, screen­ings and lectures in this cozy performance space.

The Rye Arts Center
The Rye Arts Center

This year marked the start of new programs, including The High School Arts Council, RAC LIVE!, an ongoing series of performing arts events, and Art On The Lawn, an ongoing public art series.

New partnerships have been forged with many organizations, including Heard In Rye, Music Together, The Ground Glass, Artistree Performing Arts and the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester. The center works with these partners and dozens of others to share the arts with a wide audience.

ArtsWestchester selected The Rye Arts Center to receive its annual Arts Education Award for its STEAM Education pro­grams. STEAM Education (sci­ence, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) has been an enormous area of growth for the center which offers about 100 STEAM-related classes each year including 3-D print­ing, computer coding, creative building and more.

With her first full year nearly under her belt, Executive Direc­tor Meg Rodriguez is working with her staff and board to pre­pare for the year ahead. “We have an exciting year planned! The Performing Arts Room will be filled with music, theater, and comedy performances. Art On The Lawn will bring a new work to Rye Town Park. Our STEAM programs will be strengthened with new computers and teach­ing tools,” she said.

Also reaching its final stage is the Annual Appeal, chaired by board member Jennifer Sandling. The organization is within reach of its $80,000 goal. As a special offer, all donors between May 15 and June 30 were entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini.

The Rye Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax-de­ductible donations can be made at ryeartscenter.org, by calling 967-0700, or by mailing your gift to The Rye Arts Center, 51 Mil­ton Road, Rye, NY 10580. (Submitted)

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