It is the Friends’ first time winning the award, which is annually presented to an artist, individual, group, organization or agency that has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increase access to cultural experiences, and to enrich the county’s cultural heritage.
The Friends of North Castle Public Library's mission statement fits that description to a tee.
“Being an entirely volunteer group that works tirelessly, this is an extremely important recognition for us,” said Friends of North Castle Public Library President Deborah Heidecorn. “This was our first year even being nominated, so it’s truly something to be proud of.”
Founded more than 70 years ago, 'Friends' is an organization that consists predominantly of residents of the town of North Castle.
Its primary mission is to help the town’s public library achieve its full potential of usefulness to the community as an informational and cultural center. It raises funds to support this mission by conducting the Armonk Outdoor Art Show and other programs deemed appropriate by its Board of Directors.
Heidecorn, who has been the president of Friends for one year, said this award is not just for 2013, but also for every year—and member—up until now.
“Such a honor is probably long over due,” she said. “This organization has been accomplishing great things for years and years. I don’t think we’ve necessarily done anything different recently; it’s just our time. It’s an honor that goes not to me, but those before me.”
The Friends group has 27 members who are already preparing for its biggest event of the year—the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, which celebrates its 52nd year of local arts and crafts on Sept. 28th, and 29th.
“We have people who are proud, hardworking and committed. Our group is so strong, so involved,” said Heidecorn. “We love the town for the town.”
The Friends of North Castle Public Library will be honored for its award at ArtsWestchester’s 2013 Arts Award luncheon on Apr. 4, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. Those interested in attending can reserve tickets online.