Scarlett Antonia, who has worked in, and enriched the quality of the artist-community, Peekskill for twenty years, has a lifetime career in the creative and performing arts. She performed with Ballet Minnesota and toured nationally (with multiple nation-wide tours) with Peter Gennaro of musical theater-fame. Overall, Scarlett is a dancer, choreographer, manager, director, and producer. Her original works have been set at such major venues as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and on the silver screen (on Sesame Street). Scarlett founded Antonia Arts Inc, an NPO specializing in providing scholarships and opportunities to the Peekskill community.
The mission of The Artist Spot is to serve the city of Peekskill by offering an array of classes, opportunities, master-classes, workshops, and a space for events and rehearsals. We want to encourage the creation of new works, new voices, and new audiences. Our site is for the collective benefit of all artists in Peekskill. We strive to promote the "Power of Now," what we consider to be the artistic flow that occurs when one is truly in their element, or "in the moment" and mindful. Likewise, in conjunction with that idea, we foster the creation of new, innovative and cutting-edge works. We are affiliated with Antonia Arts, a community-outreach not-for-profit dedicated to mentoring and supporting aspiring and professional artists of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Through offering space for party and other rentals, we service the whole community of Peekskill—artists and non-artists alike. Our Healthy Artist Initiative is meant to promote wellness throughout the community.
Grace Vanderwaal, a former student of Scarlett Antonia's, is a winner of "America's Got Talent." She presently tours internationally and composes popular original music and music videos. Gabrielle Sansone went from a student here to Broadway and one-woman shows. Other students of Scarlett have gone on to perform with Disney, Madonna, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet and more.