YONKERS, N.Y. — Ridge Hill in Yonkers has established a formal Ridge Hill Arts Connection program, which unites all of the center’s commissioned artworks and installations, arts partnerships and programming under one umbrella initiative.
These efforts are part of the developer’s commitment to the arts, architecture and cultural life in New York spanning three decades.
"I'm extremely pleased to announce the creation of Ridge Hill Arts Connection," said Kathryn Welch, executive vice president for retail development for Forest City Ratner Companies. "Art has been an integral part of Forest City Ratner's developments starting in the late '80s with Brooklyn's One Pierrepont Plaza and MetroTech Center, and continuing right up to the present at The New York Times Building and Barclays Center. Today, Ridge Hill continues that tradition with the formation of the Ridge Hill Arts Connection.
"Art at Ridge Hill augments the original vision of Ridge Hill as a place where the family can build memories and where friends can meet for dinner or a movie," Welch said. "This is about raising the bar and providing something else that is special for our customers, something on-line shopping can never offer."
Ridge Hill’s most recent commission, a mural by New York City artist Nick Kuszyk was selected through a competitive process led by ArtsWestchester. Kuszyk is working on a multicolored geometric op-art mural on Cole Street, off Market Street at Ridge Hill.
Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester chief executive officer, notes, “This mural is an example of how the arts and business can partner to make more dynamic community spaces. Nick’s colorful and playful mural enlivens the Ridge Hill streetscape, and this wall is transformed into a destination, a meeting point—an optimal spot to snap a selfie!”
”It’s honor to have my piece be selected by Forest City Ratner Companies as the one to officially kick off the Ridge Hill Arts Connection program,” said artist Nick Kuszyk. “Each piece I create is special and unique, and I’m eager to have this work be part of the fabric of this community. I hope that it inspires other artists.”