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.
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)