ArtsWestchester Announces Arts Award Honorees

Samara Joy

For 47 years, ArtsWestchester has recognized people and organizations that have impacted the arts and culture in Westchester, from Ruby Dee to Nelson Rockefeller. The organization has announced this year’s Arts Award honorees. The list includes a singer who won one of the most coveted titles at this year’s Grammy Awards and the head of one of the biggest global brands.


The honorees will be spotlighted at ArtsWestchester’s annual Arts Awards Luncheon at the Brae Burn Country Club on April 19 at noon. Every year, the arts community, business community and local officials gather to celebrate these honorees.


ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam says, “As audiences return to theaters, museums and film houses, there has never been a better time than now to recognize the comeback the arts have made and to celebrate our cultural stars.”


The 2023 Arts Awardees are:

• Samara Joy, a rising American jazz singer and SUNY Purchase graduate who won two Grammy Awards this year: Best New Artist and Best Vocal Jazz Album;

• Carole Alexis of Ballet des Amériques in White Plains, an internationally recognized dance choreographer presenting world-class performances;

• Georgette Gouveia of White Plains, a seasoned writer covering the local cultural landscape with insight and information;

• Farooq Kathwari of New Rochelle, President and CEO of Ethan Allen, An international humanitarian and business leader who has pursued artistic excellence and social justice throughout his career;

• Westchester Children’s Chorus in Larchmont, recognized for their choral education and performance opportunities for students from grades 1 to 12;

• The Picture House Regional Film Center in Pelham and Bronxville, a visionary organization bringing the best of filmmaking to the Westchester community;


Additional awardees, yet to be announced, will be given for two more categories: Advancing Equity, which is given to a person/group that demonstrates exemplary leadership in advancing social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility through and in the arts; and the Larry Salley Photography Award, which celebrates a local Hudson Valley photographer.


Langsam adds, “If you love the arts, it’s time to support them.” The proceeds of the 2023 Arts Award Luncheon will benefit ArtsWestchester’s cultural programs and services. To attend the luncheon call 914-428-4220.