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gallery265 Received Prestigious Art Award

HAWTHORNE, NY – APRIL 4, 2013 - Arc of Westchester’s gallery265 was honored with the Community Arts Award for its contribution to the arts community at the ArtsWestchester Annual Award Luncheon. The ArtsWestchester Award program acknowledges individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment and leadership enrich Westchester, its communities, and its citizens.

“The ArtsWestchester Awards recognize the overwhelming amount of talent that our county has to offer,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam. “This event will be a time to recognize the well-deserved artists and organizations that help to improve our quality of life here in Westchester,” Langsam added.

The Community Award distinguishes an artist, individual, group, organization or agency that has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, to increase access to cultural experiences, or to enrich the county’s cultural heritage. Recipients of this award have a long-standing involvement in the arts.

Arc of Westchester’s gallery265 is a permanent space located in the Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center in Hawthorne, NY. It is dedicated to the creative accomplishments of individuals with developmental disabilities and displays the work created through Arc of Westchester art programs. A committee drawn from the larger community of artists and organizations supports and encourages the gallery projects and plans the exhibits.

“Each work of art in our gallery offers distinct colors and personality and evokes different feelings and emotions. Yet, each has a common bond: they inspire, provoke thought, and represent the creative contributions that individuals with developmental disabilities make to the greater community,” Ric Swierat, Arc of Westchester’s Executive Director said. “Our art shows invite the community to cherish these works and join each individual on an artistic journey. We are honored that ArtsWestchester recognizes our talented artists and the contribution gallery265 makes to the arts community,” Swierat added.

The ArtsWestchester 2013 Arts Award Luncheon took place on April 4th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. We are grateful to ArtsWestchester for this prestigious honor and congratulate the other awardees.