WEST NYACK, N.Y. – Julianne Ramos, who is retiring after leading Rockland’s foremost cultural institution for more than three decades, has a lot to be proud of, according to a report on lohud.com
The Rockland Center for the Arts, or RoCA as it is known locally, is now the go-to organization for the performing and other arts, with multiple cultural spaces, galleries, classes and programs, lohud.com said.
According to RoCA’s website, the grassroots organization was originally known as the Rockland Foundation.
It was set up in a tiny downtown Nyack storefront in the late 1940s by famous artists, actors and musicians, including Aaron Copland, Kurt Weill, and Helen Hayes, the website said.
In the 1950s, it moved to a 10-acre property with a house and barn in West Nyack, the website said.
Now it is the biggest multi-arts center in the Hudson Valley, has a professional full-time staff, and draws more than 20,000 visitors and students from all over the region each year, RoCA said.
Its art school and summer arts camp have more than 400 participants, the organization said.
Meanwhile, RoCA will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017 year, lohud.com reported.
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