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January 2020

Dressing Up the ArtsWestchester Building Staff Report ﷯A monumental work of Public Art has begun for 130 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains. As the official County-designated arts council, ArtsWestchester has commissioned Brooklyn textile artist, Amanda Browder, to create a huge project with participatory community help. Browder will design and fabricate a colorful, quilt-like textile sculpture draped from the top of ArtsWestchester’s historic 9-story building in downtown White Plains. The sculpture named Metropolis Sunrise, will be on display for six weeks, beginning May 2020. Browder’s installations bring communities together at every level of their making. Fabric is donated by local residents and constructed and sewn by individuals, families, and community groups from the area. The resulting work is a celebration of locality, community, and sustainability. “The overarching goal is to involve individuals and groups in the mystery of creation. Volunteerism of local citizens and artists is a segue to creating familiarity in contemporary art as well as the individual nature of the neighborhood itself,” Browder explains. She is known for her large scale installations on building exteriors and public sites. The artist received her B.A. degree in studio arts and 2 masters degrees in sculpture and installation art. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Transformation Fellowship from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Describing her work, she notes, “I am in love with the transformative nature of materials and how the combination of the familiar creates abstract relationships about place.” Browder and her volunteer teams will stitch together large panels that resemble crazy quilts. For volunteers looking to get involved in the project, the artist is looking for donations of bright colorful fabric, sewing machines, volunteers to pin and sew, and of course monetary donations to match a state grant of 50K. The outdoor textile-sculpture at ArtsWestchester will be accompanied by an indoor gallery exhibition that spotlights the community’s participation in the making of the artwork. The exhibition will feature photo and video documentation of the project’s multiple stages, and will present personal reflections and oral histories of community members as they explore the meaning that textile arts have played in their lives. In the New Year, sewing days will begin at 10am, January 4, 2020 at ArtsWestchester. Other locations will follow. Check artsw.org/browder for public sewing days and locations.