artsw_logo_about.gifThis free May 18 event helps to cultivate our youth's appreciation of the arts with fun activities and workshops, sweet treats and entertainment White Plains, N.Y.-On Saturday, May 18, the day following its ArtsBash event, ArtsWestchester invites families and children of all ages to participate in a free day of fun.  Guests will partake in a variety of hands-on activities and artist-led workshops outside and inside of our historic landmark building located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains. Activities include hat decorating, LEGO workshop, visual arts workshops and cookie decorating.  The event takes place on May 18 from 12-5pm.  For information, visit:   Among the day's activities is a fun family activity we've entitled "Puzzlemania." During this interactive game, children will win prizes by touring the resident artist studios throughout ArtsWestchester's nine-floor building while collecting puzzle pieces to put together their very own puzzle magnet. In the process, they'll meet the artists and see work in progress as painters, sculptors and fashion designers create and showcase their masterpieces.   Families will also be able to explore ArtsWestchester's thought-provoking Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains exhibition in the building's main gallery, featuring 26 local artists' creative concepts for enlivening downtown White Plains.  Children can let their imaginations go wild while they imagine how they would enrich the area with their own artwork.  The works in this exhibition represent familiar places in White Plains and re-imagine them in an animated, colorful and meaningful way that will engage children of all ages and their parents. A City Mural workshop allows children to do just that, as they contribute to the growing outdoor "wall mural" throughout the day.   Among the many activities available will be a sneak peek at ArtsWestchester's upcoming Summer Classes semester.  Children can participate in a one-time workshop with our teachers to experience what these classes will offer in the coming months.  An exclusive 10% discount is being extended to those students who sign up for classes during the Family ArtsBash event.  Clay Art Center will be demonstrating how fun it can be to get our hands a little dirty when creativity runs abound, while acclaimed artist Alan Reingold will showcase his drawing skills by assisting children in Japanese anime-inspired illustrations.  For more information on Summer Classes, visit:   Adding to the fun, children can let their imaginations go wild at a Collage Workshop, enjoy a lively one-man-band performer, and wear their art by visiting the face painting table.  Families will enjoy sweet treats like Cinnabon and ice cream, receive giveaways and win prizes throughout the event.   Family ArtsBash is sponsored by Entergy, First Niagara, The Journal News, ConEdison, United Airlines and Westchester Business Journal.       Family Workshops and Activities:On View-Placemaking: Re-envisioning White Plains exhibition 12-5pm   Green Mountain Energy 12-5pm   City Mural 12-4:30pm by Artist Ann Ladd   Collage Workshop 12:15-2:15pm by Artist Kathleen Yacoe Skura   Collage Workshop 2:30-4:30pm by Judith Leire   Cookie Decorating 12-5pm with Ritz-Carlton Pastry Team   LEGO Workshop 3-5pm with Funny Business   Clay Demonstration 12-2:30pm with Clay Art Center   On View-Hurricane Sandy: Through the Lens of Local Photographers exhibition 12-5pm   Shoe Hurrah 12:30-5pm* with The Westchester Fashion Academy for Children *(30-minute intervals; space is limited)   Razzle & Dazzle Workshop 12:30-4:30pm with artist Evelyn Eidelberg   On View-Artists @ The Arts Exchange exhibition 12-5pm   Art Activity 12-5pm   Face Painting 12:30-5pm by Mie Sato / Marie McCann-Barab   Puzzlemania interactive game 12:30-5pm   Drawing Workshop 3-5pm by Alan Reingold   ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester. Our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community. For Information, contact: Mary Alice Franklin,, (914) 428-4220 x318

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