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ArtsFest in New Rochelle, Pelham Features Diverse Offerings

ArtsFest takes place the weekend of Sept. 25-27 in New Rochelle and Pelham.
ArtsFest takes place the weekend of Sept. 25-27 in New Rochelle and Pelham. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The New Rochelle Council on the Arts' ArtsFest kicks off Friday, Sept. 25, and continues Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept., 27, at venues in New Rochelle and Pelham.

The festival will off a full menu of art events and activities, from behind-the-scenes tours of artists’ studios to a classic car show, Lego Day at the Huguenot Children’s Library, a performance by the Ajkun Ballet and the fourth annual Lincoln Avenue Festival (sponsored by grow! Lincoln Park) with KidzArtz activities, demos, food and music. 

Also on the menu are art exhibits at the Rotunda Gallery and New Rochelle Public Library, a book signing and lecture on a new book, "Hitler’s Art Thief," an exhibit on the life of composer Billy Strayhorn at the Museum of Arts & Culture and interactive activities at the Pelham Arts Center. A free hop on/hop off trolley will link the venues, running continuously both days through New Rochelle and Pelham. 

The weekend concludes with a free swing dance party on Library Green on Sunday afternoon featuring live music by Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers and dancers from the Rhythm Stompers, who will offer lessons in classic couples dancing from 2:30-5 p.m. 

Organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle and Pelham, with art exhibits, programs and family-friendly activities at 34 venues that give visitors and residents a window into the city’s cultural and artistic diversity. 

“This is NRCA’s 40th anniversary, so we’re really excited to offer a variety of arts experiences this year,” says Theresa Kump Leghorn, president of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. “And since our 40th anniversary gala on Nov. 5, Lush Life, pays tribute to the centennial of composer Billy Strayhorn, some of our ArtsFest events are tied to that as well, including a screening of the award-winning documentary "Lush Life," an original exhibit based on the new book "Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life" and a swing dance party on Library Green Sunday afternoon.” 

For a complete calendar of venues and events, visit www.newrochellearts.org

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