CELEBRATE MUSICSummer 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.

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CULTURAL ARTS & LOCAL BUSINESS PARTNER ArtsFest

“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 30 venues that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the area’s rich cultural and artistic diversity. In 2018 the celebration has expanded to include eclectic shopping at NRCA’s first Artisan Market.

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VISUAL ARTS AT CITY HALL Rotunda Gallery

The Rotunda Gallery in City Hall was created in 2012. The idea came from NRCA, which recognized the need for more public exhibition space in the city, and it received enthusiastic support from Mayor Noam Bramson and City Manager Charles Strome. The Rotunda Gallery creates opportunities for a broad range of visual arts to be seen on a regular basis, and encourages the public to visit City Hall.

The Rotunda Gallery is located at 515 North Avenue. Both City Hall and the Rotunda Gallery are public spaces that are accessible to all during business hours, between 8:30 am and 4 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Please call 914-654-2000 with inquiries about exceptions or changes.
NRCA Board member Linda Tarrant-Reid is the chairman of the Rotunda Gallery Committee, which consists of NRCA members who determine the themes of the exhibits, issue Calls for Artists, hang the submitted works and host receptions.

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A CELEBRATION OF MOVEMENT AND LIFEDoctorow Initiative

Edgar Lawrence “E. L.” Doctorow (Jan. 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an author, editor, and professor, known internationally for his works of historical fiction. Described as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century, Doctorow’s works included the award-winning novel Ragtime (1975), which was inspired by Doctorow’s house on Broadview Avenue in New Rochelle.

The proposed permanent monument will gracefully promote reading and literacy in our community — twin passions for Doctorow — and become a destination for those who admire Doctorow and his work, inspiring civic pride as well as providing an aspirational model for our young people.

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NEW ROCHELLE ARTS Annual Members’ Show

Every March the NRCA features member artists in the Annual Exhibit and Showcase. The exhibit at the New Rochelle Public Library’s Lumen Winter Gallery features 2-D and 3-D visual art, while the Showcase, held in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater, encompasses music, dance and spoken word.

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