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Rye Arts Center Sponsors School Training Program

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye Arts Center isn't just a local arts haven. It also draws patrons from all over Westchester with its educational programs like "Famous Artists.”

The "Famous Artists" program was created in 1986 and services both public and private schools. The two-day training program turns interested and engaged parent volunteers, dubbed "docents," into qualified art instructors who deliver themed presentations to students, according to the center.

According to Rye Arts Center Executive Director Helen Gates, the program is about fostering education through artistic expression.

"The goal of the program is provide an arts and educational experience," Gates said.

The program meets twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring for two days at a time, the center said. The 2012 spring program, which wrapped up this week, taught over 150 parents from over 12 schools the art of graffiti.

The workshop was run by accomplished local artists and program co-chairs Xanthe Alban-Davies of Rye and Naz Hedayat Munroe of Larchmont, according to the center. Alban-Davies is an educational lecturer for children and adults at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, while Munroe is an artist and art historian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with over 10 years experience as a college lecturer, curator and artist, the center said.

"We're getting high quality instruction for our community that's unparalleled," Gates said.

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