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Katonah Art Center Gives Back to Northern Westchester Kids

KATONAH, N.Y. — The Katonah Art Center gives children the chance to explore their inner artistic talents every week, but on Sunday, the center decided to help give to a broader audience that it knows is out there, and just a few hundred feet away.

Through its first annual “Chill Out Scholarship Fundraiser,” the center sold homemade chili and macaroni and cheese in homemade bowls to locals, with all of the proceeds heading to the Community Center of Northern Westchester, which sits just down the way on Bedford Road. The money donated will be used to help fund children whose families cannot afford to send them to summer camp.

“There are kids out there whose parents cannot afford to send them to summer camp and have an artistic experience,” said Sarah Miller, the manager of the art center. “Art should be available for everyone no matter what they can afford or what kind of means they have.”

The money is to help send the children to any kind of camp, said Loren Anderson, the founder and director of the center. “We do have a lot of community members that cannot afford to come to art classes,” Anderson said. “The money will go to the community center for kids to come here or wherever they want to go. I’m not mandating they come here. I feel like, if someone wants to go to a camp that is not art centered, then that’s great too.”

Anderson, who has been at the helm of the Katonah Art Center since its inception more than 15 years ago, understands the value of not only art as a summer pastime, but getting active and involved in general.

“It gives kids another way to look at the world outside of what they’re used to,” she said. “It broadens horizons, and builds skills at whatever they’re interested in.”

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