The Arts and Culture Committee, Town of Greenburgh
The Arts and Culture Committee (ACC) was established in 1956 as a volunteer group and later was taken under the umbrella of the Town of Greenburgh. Its mission is 1) to stimulate creative and critical thinking about the arts and their value; 2) to preserve, continue and enrich the multi-cultural artistic and intellectual traditions; 3) to make access to the arts and ideas available to the entire general public of all ages and conditions, in circumstances which invite maximum participation without economic discrimination.
The ACC cooperates with other Town agencies, public and private not-for-profit organizations and institutions in projects of mutual interest and public service. It also serves in an advisory capacity as a resource consultant upon the request of individuals and organizations.
The ACC has long been recognized throughout Westchester County as a leader in free arts and culture programming which enlightens and entertains. Its diverse programs are attended by people of all ages - from tots to senior citizens - and all races. It received the Westchester Arts Council’s Millennium Award for Community Arts Education. Along with poetry readings, talks and art receptions, its projects include:
- Exhibits of paintings, drawings, and photographs by local artists throughout Greenburgh Town Hall and the Multipurpose Center at Anthony Veteran Park
- An art gallery at Theodore D. Young Community Center dedicated to the display of original art, in all media, by children under 18 years of age
- The Kids Short Story Connection, a spring and fall series of creative writing workshop for 9 to 18 year-olds who love to write, and publication of their annual anthology, "Short Stories by Me"
- The Poetry Caravan - a network of more than 36 local poets who voluntarily take their poetry into Westchester venues such as senior centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, shelters, jails, etc. These poets read from their original work and conduct poetry writing workshops.
- An annual fall flower show with the Parkway Gardens/Parkway Homes Garden Club
- "The Brenda Connor Bey Legacy Series: Learning to See," poetry workshops that use the visual arts to create original work (for novices as well as experienced poets)
- An ongoing cable TV series of interviews with visual artists