The Westchester Square Arts Festival celebrates the opening of the Cephas Center for the Arts. This campus-wide facility will offer those in the Greater NYC community as well as Westchester and beyond the opportunity to experience the performing & visual arts. The Center offers affordable space which is available to rent for musicals & plays, dance, visual arts, and studio space. The Center will allow artists of all ages a place to workshop their piece in a NYC arts space without having to spend NYC prices. Steps from public transportation and four blocks from the Hutchinson River Parkway and Bruckner Expressway, the Cephas Center offers an affordable sanctuary in which artists can take risks and hone their craft, all within the epicenter for the arts.
As the oldest parish in the Diocese of NY, founded in 1693, St. Peter's Episcopal Church stands on the footprints of the original Westchester Town Hall and Westchester Court House. The 4th Rector was the 1st Episcopal Bishop in all of the US. There are tunnels underneath the church connected to Long Island Sound said to be part of the Underground Railroad and it is also said that they were used to transport injured soldiers from ships to the church, which was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. Its cemetery is an historic landmark containing graves from the seventeenth century and families after whom many streets in the Bronx are named. In addition to a soup kitchen and a growing clothes and food pantry, St. Peter's has hosted the United Federation of Teachers, the 2010 Census, the "smArts" after school program (providing free arts education to local public school students) as well as free classes for English language learners, numerous free concerts and art classes open to the community. St. Peter's is truly a hidden gem in the Bronx.