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4th ANNUAL YONKERS ARTS WEEKEND HITS THE STREETS MAY 6th – 7th

Post Date:03/16/2017 12:06 PM

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4th ANNUAL YONKERS ARTS WEEKEND HITS THE STREETS MAY 6th – 7th


Artists Submissions Available at www.yonkersny.gov

 

Yonkers, NY – March 15, 2017 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City will host its fourth annual Yonkers Arts Weekend (YAW), a celebration of the thriving and diverse arts community in the City of Yonkers, from Saturday, May 6th – Sunday, May 7th.

Yonkers Arts Weekend will feature hundreds of local, regional and international artists, painters, photographers, performing artists and sculptors in four of the City’s most exciting cultural hotspots: the Downtown Yonkers Waterfront District, the Carpet Mills Arts District (“CMAD”), Untermyer Gardens and the Hudson River Museum.

“Yonkers has secured its reputation as an artistic hub in the region and we are so excited to share that with residents and visitors each year during Yonkers Arts Weekend,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Yonkers’ rich history, coupled with our thriving arts community, transforms the City, especially the historic waterfront district, into a walkable museum.  I’m thrilled that we can bring this weekend to our community for a fourth consecutive year.”

Artists who would like to showcase their work during Yonkers Arts Weekend can submit their information and samples of their work through an online submission form, at www.yonkersny.gov.

As part of this year’s Yonkers Arts Weekend, the City will continue the tradition of live mural paintings, this time along the South Broadway corridor of Yonkers, as well in IPark.  The weekend will also feature interactive art events for the public, street performers and pop-up galleries. There will be art venues throughout the downtown waterfront and Van der Donck Park, as well as at Untermyer Gardens, YoHo Artist Studios and the Hudson River Museum.

Performances, workshops, and pop-up galleries will run continuously throughout the weekend and are all FREE for children, teens, and adults.  New this year to Yonkers Arts Weekend, the Hudson River Museum is waiving all admission fees throughout the entire weekend.  The City of Yonkers will also provide free bus transportation that will shuttle visitors to each venue.

"The Arts Weekend is a great opportunity to experience the rich culture/creative community that exists here in Yonkers. Last year exhibitors from Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan joined the many local Arts Organizations.  It's a clear message that downtown Yonkers has a thriving art scene and has become a destination for artists and art enthusiasts,” said Melissa Starke, Curator/Co-Founder, Urban Studio Unbound Gallery.

“We are proud to support the 4th Annual Yonkers Arts Weekend.  As a longstanding creative and cultural hub in the city, The Museum knows that the arts build strong communities, while inspiring innovation and understanding,” said Masha Turchinsky, Director, Hudson River Museum.

"This year marks our 14th annual Open Studio at YoHo and it is not to be missed! Each year we have opened our doors in hopes to inspire, share and connect with our community and the greater New York City metropolitan area. We are so excited that we can share our event once again with art lovers and enthusiasts alike and are very happy to be a part of this budding Yonkers arts scene and community,” said Lindsey Francis, YoHo artist & YoHo Open Studio Organizer.

"For a College that puts much stock in creativity, it is exciting to see the burgeoning of the arts in Yonkers with new galleries, arts programming for children, public art and the upcoming Yonkers Arts Weekend. Sarah Lawrence is proud to be a part of these developments," said Judith Schwartzstein, Director of Public Affairs for Sarah Lawrence College.

Yonkers Arts Weekend is produced by the City of Yonkers, along with Urban Studio Unbound. 

More details and events will be announced as they are confirmed. Visit www.yonkersny.gov and Yonkers Arts Weekend at www.facebook.com/YonkersArtsWeekend for more information.