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RoCA’s 75th Year Anniversary – Benefit Auction
September 12 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 7:30 pmFree
Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) marks it’s 75th milestone anniversary and its commitment to the arts, education and the cultural enrichment of our community with its 75th Benefit Auction with 75 artworks from leading artists of Rockland and beyond. The auction will be on view September 12 – September 30 both online and onsite at RoCA in the Emerson Gallery. Bidding begins September 12 at 10:00am at www.rocklandartcenter.org. The public is invited to the silent auction with live bidding on select lots, Friday, September 30, beginning at 7:30pm. Some of the artworks included will be from artists Sue Barrasi, Joel Carreiro, Cristina Biaggi, Mortimer Bourne, Edith Varian Cockcroft, Karen Edelmann, J. Henry Fair, Tiffany Freeman, Dorothy Gillespie, Maurice Heaton, Knox Martin, Eleanor Miller, Janet Riolo, Elizabeth Sayles, Margery Theroux and Eva Zeisel. RoCA is thrilled to be celebrating it’s history and building dreams for the future!
RoCA is a non-profit arts and education center promoting art through its School for the Arts, The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park, exhibitions, workshops, literary and performing arts events, Summer Arts Day Camp, and outreach programs. For the past 75 years, while supporting artists and the community in Rockland County, New York.
RoCA’s illustrious story began in 1947, when a progressive group of dreamers and realists came together as a way of re-energizing after the war. This progressive group consisted of Helen Hayes, Kurt Weill, Burgess Meredith and Aaron Copland, Lotte Lenya, Henry Varnum Poor, Maurice Heaton, Maxwell Anderson, Paulette Goddard, and Guthrie McClintic. Having already received widespread acclaim both nationally and abroad, their hope was that they would find a true home for their locally made art, of a caliber rarely seen outside of NYC, so that it could be shared with the surrounding communities.
The RoCA Founders group offered a continuous parade of programs in painting, drawing, music, ceramics, dancing and writing that continues to this day. RoCA has since added the Children’s Summer Arts Camp and a variety of outreach programs to special populations, seniors and Rockland district schools.
For 75 years, RoCA has educated and nurtured generations of artist, from world-class professionals to emerging talents. Some of the world class artists to exhibit and perform at RoCA included performers: Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, readings by William Hurt, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Murray, Margo Kidder and Joan Cusack. Exhibiting sculptors and 2D artists that have graced the Galleries and The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park have included: Louise Bourgeois, Grace Knowlton, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Pousette-Dart, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler, Gordon Parks, Louis Hine, Henry Varnum Poor, Maurice Heaton and William Wegman. More recent exhibitions have included Charles White, Eva Zeisel, Sari Diennes, Sana Musasama, J. Henry Fair, and Aurora Robson. Musical performances have included such talents as Sam Waymon, John Hall, AJ Croce, Deni Bonet, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. From Mario the Magician performances to Literary masters lectures such as James Simon, RoCA continues to provide thought provoking programming for Rockland and the Hudson Valley.
It has an enrollment of 300 students per semester, adults and children, with a faculty of over 30 teachers including visiting artists from all over the U.S. and offers 200 art classes a year. RoCA is open to the public seven days a week, offering art classes, free contemporary art exhibits, The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park, lectures, demonstrations, concerts, films, outreach to the community, and 54 summers of children’s camp serving over 300 children per summer.. RoCA has a long-standing of collaborating with other local non-profits to better serve the county with issue-driven public programs. During the pandemic RoCA created The Mystery Art Project Kits with unique arts experiences designed to stimulate young minds. Over 430 instructive free kits containing clay, wood or sketchbooks were distributed to low-income families through local food panties. RoCA will continue designing kits & curricula for students in 2023.
Through multi-arts programs & community engagements, RoCA is dedicated to amplifying the voices of the community including young people, women, people of color & members of the LGBTQIA communities, while at the same time building a creative community in innovative, creative, inclusive, & safe ways.
All support and proceeds of RoCA and it’s programs will benefit RoCA’s exhibitions and the extensive outreach with local schools. For more information go to www.rocklandartcenter.org or call 845-358-0877.
RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for its programs from The Rea Charitable Trust, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, M&T Bank, The M&T Charitable Foundation, The Dorothy Gillespie Foundation, Peter & Rebecca Lang, Walter Cain & Paulo Ribeiro, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., The Pearl Family Foundation, Luxury Kitchen and Bath, Golden Artist Colors, Inc., QuietEvents, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting Services Inc., Sarah and Stephen Thomas, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland, Simona and Jerome Chazen, Art Services Group, RoCA members, donors and business members.
RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.