Rediscover The Rye Arts Center

Suzanne Rothberg

The Rye Arts Center reopens for business after a long pandemic

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The Rye Arts Center reopens for business after a long recess from the pandemic last year. The arts center offers many art exhibits, classes, and events pertaining to the art world. The arts center is located at 51 Milton Road on the border of Port Chester and Rye. They are a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to maximize participation and engage residents of Westchester and the surrounding region in the arts. It has been in existence since 1960.

Their summer class session begins June 28—August 27 both virtual and in-person. Their website clearly states due to possible COVID-related restrictions, the maximum class size may be decreased due to mandated regulations. Priority is given in order of registration.

"The Rye Arts Center has been closely following New York State and CDC guidelines to maintain safety in our facility. After being exclusively virtual last spring and summer we reopened our doors in the fall," said Noah Opitz, Rye Arts Center's Director of Development. Opitz said in an email response regarding when the building shut down due to the pandemic.

"The building was closed beginning March 2020—in August we offered a single onsite class each week. It had limited capacity and students were spread out in our largest space, our performing arts room. In early September, onsite music lessons resumed and in mid-September onsite classes resumed. We offered virtual activities throughout the year, classes, lessons, performances, exhibitions, and outreach programs."

"Throughout the year, we have maintained social distancing and required masks and temperature checks. In addition, we made significant upgrades to our ventilation filters and sanitization routines. As the guidelines have adjusted we cautiously followed, while erring on the side of caution. The Rye Arts Center continues to require masks due to the large number of children who utilize our programs and are below the age for vaccination. We will always take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that we have a place that is safe for our students, visitors, and staff."

"Throughout the year, we have maintained social distancing and required masks and temperature checks. In addition, we made significant upgrades to our ventilation filters and sanitization routines. As the guidelines have adjusted we cautiously followed, while erring on the side of caution. The Rye Arts Center continues to require masks due to the large number of children who utilize our programs and are below the age for vaccination. We will always take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that we have a place that is safe for our students, visitors, and staff."

Rye's Above, their public art project fundraiser led by The Rotary Club of Rye and The Rye Arts Center is now open. Their artistic butterflies sold on their website are now available to the public for purchase.

Here's one of the videos featuring the butterflies of Rye's Above artist Aimee Hofmann from the Rye Arts Center YouTube Channel:

Their featured campaign, I Heart The Arts provides $25,000 in scholarships and brings free arts programming to thousands of people of all ages. This is in place of their usual annual fundraiser this year.

The Rye Arts Center Classes

Here's a comprehensive list of classes that the Rye Arts Center offers:

  • Musical Theater
  • Engineering/Coding
  • Visual Arts-Drawing-Painting
  • Ceramics-Sculpture
  • Media Arts
  • 3-D Printing and Miniature Building
  • Music Lessons and many more!

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