Katonah is a proud home to several world-class cultural landmarks.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts was the 100-acre estate of Lucie and Walter Rosen, who established the International Music Festival now celebrating over 59 seasons. The gardens and House Museum are also open to the public. Katonah’s cultural attractions draw visitors from near and far.
The John Jay Homestead State Historic Site brings American political and social history to life with guided tours through the Federal-style retirement residence of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Attractions draw visitors from near and far.
The Katonah Art Center has become a beacon for Visual Arts in Northern Westchester. With a staff of artists, many world renown, the school provides art classes and events to students of all ages. Located in a beautiful Victorian house in the heart of historic Katonah, KAC offers over 75 classes in a wide range of topics.
The Katonah Museum of Art features rotating exhibitions in two galleries, a tranquil sculpture garden and an interactive learning center for children, and has received national attention since it’s founding as The Katonah Gallery in 1954 under auspices of the Katonah Village Improvement Society.
Katonah Village Library, located in the Historic District for over 100 years, has long been a center for cultural activity in Northern Westchester. It serves over 10,000 people per year as a reference center for this part of the county. The Library is also home to the Katonah Historical Museum, the keeper of treasures that tell the story of Katonah’s colorful and engaging history.
THE KATONAH ART CENTER
The Katonah Art Center is dedicated to providing competent, professional art instruction in a non-judgemental environment while catering to the individual needs of varying ages and skill levels. The Katonah Art Center strives to cultivate personal, long-term relationships with each and every student. KAC believes strongly that developing a person’s artistic abilities can improve that person’s life and self-esteem. It is our goal that each person entering the Katonah Art Center find a place of welcome and nurturing in which to discover his or her own creative voice.
KAC is home to 2 large painting studios, a children’s studio, a pottery studio, a multi-arts studio, a darkroom and a Mac computer lab.
For adults KAC offers pottery, computer art, photography and painting and drawing classes in all mediums with subjects ranging from abstract painting to portraiture. Kids classes include mommy and me, fine arts, pottery, manga, cartooning, movie making, fashion design and more. Our popular Summer Art Camp offers week long camps, full day or half day for ages 3 ½ – 17.
THE KATONAH MUSEUM of ART
The Katonah Museum of Art, a nationally recognized art museum, originates five to eight shows a year which address a wide variety of art periods and styles. Since its founding in 1953, the museum has offered rare and otherwise unavailable artistic programs through its exhibitions and educational services “bringing art to life” for visitors of all ages. The Museum offers lectures, symposia, workshops, and trips, and over 100 area schools participate in on-site tours and demonstrations by visiting artists. The museum’s beautiful outdoor Sculpture Garden is situated among 80 foot Norway spruce trees and is host to jazz concerts in the summer, community festivals, and other special events.
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CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND ARTS
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home –now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings – in 1946 the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival. The Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.
Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music”, where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.
JOHN JAY HOMESTEAD
In the early part of the nineteenth century, John Jay and his family lived in a ‘modest mansion’ on a large estate set among the Bedford Hills in northern Westchester County. Tours of the homestead focus on John Jay’s 27 years of diplomatic, legislative and judicial service to his state and nation and the subsequent years in retirement at Bedford with his family. Today, his gracious home, surrounded by 54 acres of woodland, meadows and gardens, is a New York State historic site and is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday from mid-April to the end of October.
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KATONAH VILLAGE LIBRARY
Our library features a collection containing over 60,000 items, including: large print books; more than 200 periodicals with back files of five years; microfilm of the New York Times dating to 1960; local papers from 1900; a collection of over 1500 recordings; and, a Children’s Room with its own calendar of programs and events. As a facility, the Library provides community access to it’s conference and meeting rooms, a photocopy machine, business reference tools, the complete CLS New York State Statutes, and microcomputers for public use. The library sponsors annual concert and poetry series and public lectures, and book discussion groups. The library is also home to The Katonah Historical Museum , located in the White Room beneath the Library’s cupola. The museum has a mission of stimulating interest in local history with permanent displays in the Library’s lower level hallway concerning the moving of Katonah, and special programs.
KATONAH POETRY SERIES
The Katonah Poetry Series brings the best American poets to read and discuss their work. Since 1967, the series, under the auspices of the Katonah Village Library, has hosted fifteen Pulitzer Prize winners and six Poets Laureate of the U.S. as well as numerous other nationally and internationally recognized poets.
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