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ArtsFest Takes Over The Streets And Schools In New Rochelle

New Rochelle High School students unveiled a new mural during the weekend ArtsFest celebration.
New Rochelle High School students unveiled a new mural during the weekend ArtsFest celebration. Photo Credit: Courtesy New Rochelle City School District

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle was the site for artists and admirers last weekend as ArtsFest took over in the city.

The New Rochelle Council sponsored event that also commemorated the 325th anniversary of the city included trolley rides, dozens of art exhibits and the introduction of new murals in the area, according to a press release from the city.

New Rochelle High School students, Groundswell Murals, the New Rochelle Arts Council and a private donor unveiled a new mural on the corner of Lincoln and North avenues, with a reception held at the St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion church to celebrate their hard work, according to the release.

NRHS students who participated in the mural project included Daniella Alvarado, Daisy Bobadilla, Fernando Cacsire, Ahnad Dunlap, Ania Dunlap, Kayla Faria, Selena Lozano, Artina Maloki, Rudy Perez, Jarena Rodriguez, Rancelis Saavedra, Isaac Sanchez, Adjua Thomas, Dalia Valencia, Jasmine Valencia, Jose Valencia, Jose Vallejo, Aldo Velez and Luis Villanueva, according to the release. Alexandra Brock, Anne Marie Funigiello and Scott Seaboldt of the NRHS Visual Arts Department assisted on the project with Groundswell artists Mauricio Trenard (lead artist) and Allison Kruvant joining in, according to the release.

NRHS also unveiled the exhibit “Purple Pride: New Rochelle High School Through the Years,” a "multimedia retrospective of NRHS and the historical events that have taken place both locally and nationally that touched the students," according to the release. The exhibit is on display in NRHS’s Museum of Arts and Culture with the gallery slated to run through Nov. 15. Those looking for more information on the exhibit are asked to call 914-576-4657 or visit the DMAC website .

This season’s programs were made possible by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County, funding provided by the City of New Rochelle and the "support and participation of all local artists and art enthusiasts involved," according to the release.

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