NRCA has been in existence for over forty years and was created by a resolution adopted by the New Rochelle City Council on April 8, 1975. NRCA is an entirely volunteer-run organization. Our mission is to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and the public’s interest and participation therein. This is exemplified by producing of a vast number of exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, spoken/written word and concert series. You can find a NRCA event every month of the year.
“I always thought I would be an artist because that is all that I knew.”
-Charles Fazzino, artist, NRCA Board member
“I danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater for over 13 years. I am extremely proud of the work that I did. Next, I am extremely proud of my family.”
-Donna Saunders, dancer, NRCA member
“Art is really beautiful. I think art gives you a deep feeling of peace. So, art is also peace.”
-Christine Coleman, Dancer, owner of Coleman Dance Studios, NRCA member
“I see everything in terms of color and form. I don’t think in words. I think in pictures. It is like, I am a terrible speller because I don’t think or see a word made up of letters. I see a word made up of images.”
-Marie Hines Cowan, artist, NRCA member
“Art brings people and a community together. It is one of the most powerful connectors we have of people, of a community, of a culture.”
-Donor, NRCA member
Summer Concert Series
Swing, jazz, Motown, classical opera, country and western, hip hop, gospel: The sound of music is heard along the Sound Shore every summer as the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, in partnership with the New Rochelle Dept. of Parks and Recreation, presents its free Summer Sounds Concert Series at the Hudson Park Bandshell.
“ArtsFest” is an annual celebration of the arts designed to highlight the diversity of artists and arts venues in New Rochelle and Pelham.
The weekend includes art exhibits, pop-up exhibits in unexpected places, live music and dance performances, the free “Culture Trolley” connecting New Rochelle and Pelham, spoken word events, a classic car show and family-friendly activities at more than 40 venues that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the area’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. ArtFest 2019 will be held Oct 4th to 6th.