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75th Anniversary Auction at RoCA Rockland Center for the Arts

75th Anniversary Auction

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Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) will be celebrating it’s 75th milestone anniversary and its commitment to the arts, education and the cultural enrichment of the community with its 75th Gala Auction of 75 artworks from Rockland’s leading artists. RoCA’s illustrious story began in 1946, when a progressive group of dreamers and realists came together as a way of re-energizing after the war. This progressive group consisted of Helen Hayes, Kurt Weill, Burgess Meredith and Aaron Copland, Lotte Lenya, Henry Varnum Poor, Maurice Heaton, Maxwell Anderson, Paulette Goddard, and Guthrie McClintic. Having already received widespread acclaim both nationally and abroad, their hope was that they would find a true home for their locally made art, of a caliber rarely seen outside of NYC, so that it could be shared with the surrounding communities. The RoCA Founders group offered a continuous parade of programs in painting, drawing, music, ceramics, dancing and writing that continues to this day. RoCA has since added the Children’s Summer Arts Camp and a variety of outreach programs to seniors and Rockland district schools.

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About RoCA Rockland Center for the Arts

27 S. Greenbush Road

West Nyack, NY


    Rockland Center for the Arts is a multi-arts center dedicated to creating and promoting art through its School for The Arts, exhibitions, workshops, literary and performing arts events, Summer Arts Day Camp, and outreach programs.

    Originally known as the Rockland Foundation, RoCA was founded in 1947 by a group of renowned artists, including Aaron Copland, Paulette Goddard, Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, Maxwell Anderson, and Helen Hayes. Their intention was to create a new cultural center, separate from New York City, taking advantage of the immense creative talent that had recently migrated to the region.

    RoCA outgrew its Nyack storefront and moved in the 1950's to a ten-acre property in West Nyack. What began as a grassroots, volunteer organization has developed into the largest professionally staffed multi-arts center in the lower Hudson Valley.

    RoCA attracts over 25,000 visitors and students annually from throughout the region. RoCA's School for the Arts and intensive Summer Arts Day Camp has an annual enrollment of over 400. RoCA's Community Outreach Programs provide studio art programs to the underserved populations in the area. RoCA also administers the County 1% for Art,  program that commissions public works of art.