Ring in the New Year: Family Friendly New Year Activities in Westchester

The Digital Arts Experience is excited to support the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District and our friends at Harquin Creative Group by helping Ring in the New Year on December 31st at New Roc City.

Ring in the new year new rochelle

According to NewRochelleNY.com the festivities are set to begin at 10:30 am and will feature face painting, arts and crafts, martial arts and sports demonstrations, snacks, clowns, magicians, games and more. At noon, 325th Anniversary Chair Marianne Sussman and committee members will join radio personality Jimmy Fink of 107.1 The Peak to ring in 2014 in true Times Square fashion with a thrilling release of thousands of festive, brightly-colored balloons!

Ring in the New Year Balloon Drop

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly way to spend your new year (where you won’t be out too late!), definitely check out Ring in the New Year tomorrow, bright and early!

Ring in the New Year Kids


Startup Weekend Crashes White Plains with 54-hour Lesson in Entrepreneurship


Startup Weekend Crashes White Plains with 54‐hour Lesson in Entrepreneurship

WHITE PLAINS, NY – MAY 1, 2013. This month, Westchester hosts its first-ever Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch.  Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology startups.

“Innovation happens because someone conceives of an idea that will make the world better, more efficient, or more interesting. We need more innovation, and it starts with entrepreneurs, designers and developers. Innovation starts here at Start Up Weekend,” says Chris Dessi, founder & CEO of Silverback Social: a social media marketing agency representing organizations like The Leukemia & Lymphoma  Society.  Dessi will be hosting the Westchester Digital Summit, a global social media & technology event being held at the Westchester County Center a few days before speaking at the kickoff of Startup Weekend White Plains.

On Friday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent formulating the most popular ideas with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes, including a coworking membership at the Digital Arts Experience, a logo from the DAE’s creative team, and a valuable social media consult with Silverback Social founder & CEO Chris Dessi, all of which are targeted to help teams build their startups after the weekend.  In addition, entrepreneurs-in-training will enjoy their fill of Starbucks coffee, treats from Whole Foods, and beer courtesy of Yonkers Brewing Co.

“Part of our mission involves building a community and culture of entrepreneurs and creative people here in Westchester and the greater New York City area,” says The Digital Arts Experience’s Event Coordinator Emily Angell. “Startup Weekend is such a natural extension of that ideal… we HAD to get Startup Weekend to White Plains.”

Around 80 participants are expected to partake over the weekend; additionally, there are limited tickets available to the public for viewing the presentations on Sunday night. Although the focus is local for the White Plains attendees, Startup Weekend will also sanction events this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, Springfield, Illinois, as well as Canada and Tunisia.  Startup Weekend White Plains runs from Friday, May 17th at 6:00 PM to Sunday, May 19th at 9:00 PM at The Digital Arts Experience, 170 Hamilton Ave. in White Plains: a learning center for the digital media arts that features shared workspace for creative people. For more information the event, as well as tickets to participate, please visit whiteplains.startupweekend.org

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND: Startup Weekend is a 501c(3) non-profit based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, by Andrew Hyde, the organization has been based out of Seattle since 2009 under the direction of Marc Nager. Supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekend has held over 325 events around the globe, inspiring nearly 30,000 entrepreneurs to take an idea from concept to launch.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL ARTS EXPERIENCE:  The Digital Arts Experience is a creative learning hub, committed to the exploration and development of self-reliant digital literacy.  Their goal is to expose the community to the digital world and empower students to embrace the technology of today and tomorrow.  Founded on the principles of collaboration and community, this space is the first of its kind in Westchester because of its unique amenities.  With a creative team offering all-in-one production services (including audio, video, photography, web, design & animation), a spacious 8,000 square foot loft, and photo/video/audio studios boasting state-of-the-art gear, the DAE is the ideal place for creative people to team up, work, learn, grow and play.  For information on the Digital Arts Experience visit: thedae.com and for details regarding shared workspace visit: workhomebase.com.

Contact: Emily Angell at the Digital Arts Experience – 914-644-8100 or emily@thedae.com.

Gibbons Digital’s “Westchester Wednesday”

The amazing staff over at Gibbons Digital was kind enough to feature us in their weekly blog, “Westchester Wednesday”.  The entry discusses how The Digital Arts Experience uses social media in their daily operations, and provides a few tips and tricks.  Check it out!

Westchester Wednesdays: The Digital Arts Experience

Gibbons Digital Consultants provide superior social media consulting and implementation services to small and medium-sized businesses. They also help their clients get more customers and sales through effective search engine marketing.  Be sure to check out their website and see what great services they offer!

WVOX Radio Hosts Rob Kissner of The Digital Arts Experience on “Daily Westchester”

Rob sits down with David A. Singer and Peter Moses on “Daily Westchester”

This Monday, President and CEO of The Digital Arts Experience had his big radio debut as WVOX Radio invited him to appear as special guest on their show, “Westchester Eye on the Radio” with David A. Singer and Peter Moses.  Rob had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the guys for an hour on all things pertaining to The Digital Arts Experience – its mission, core values, how the idea was conceived, what makes it stand out, course offerings, past events, upcoming events, and more.  It was a great way to spread the word and inform listeners about The DAE, how it is a new business in White Plains, and how it is accessible to anyone with a will to learn or try something new.

The Digital Arts Experience‘s 8,000 sq. ft. facility is located in the heart of downtown White Plains on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.  It has everything you need to turn your passion into practice – from 8 state-of-the-art computer labs, each with brand new iMacs and a complete list of up-to-date software, to a fully equipt recording studio and photography lab.  After school enrollment for teens is currently open in the disciplines of Audio Production, Video Production, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Graphic Design & Computer Illustration, Digital Photography, and Web Design.

For adults, The Digital Arts Experience is focused on removing the anxiety and intimidation that inhibits one’s ability to use his or her personal technology to its full potential. There are literally hundreds of tools that exist that can help you run your business, improve your personal efficiency, or simply allow you to take better advantage of your technology. The problem is that there is no one out there to show you these tools, let alone teach you how to use them. The Digital Arts Experience will custom design a program that allows you to reach your goals and go further with them.

Peter and David invited Rob to return to the show in a few months to see how the business has progressed.  You can listen to the audio clipping on The DAE’s soundcloud page, linked here: www.soundcloud.com/theDAE

Call – e-mail – or visit The DAE’s website for more information, or to apply for a class now! 914-644-8100, info@thedae.com, www.thedae.com.