Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Deadline Set for Arts Alive Grants

ArtsWestchester invites artists and non-profit organizations to apply for 2018 Arts Alive Grants. Awarded annually, these grants are specifically designed to support community-based artists and emerging arts organizations. 

The variety of projects that receive Arts Alive Grants each year illustrates Westchester’s artistic and cultural diversity. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Oct. 4. Applications may be accessed by visiting artswestchester.org/grants/arts-alive-grant-program.  

“We are grateful to the Westchester state legislators for this program,”  said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “Our goal at ArtsWestchester is to make the arts attainable to everyone. This grant is our most effective means of supporting arts activities throughout the county, spanning all communities, economic levels and cultures. It also speaks to our mission to provide leadership, vision and support to ensure the availability, accessibility and diversity of the arts in Westchester.”

Sign Up for E-News

An independent panel composed of artists as well as business, civic and cultural leaders will review the applications and make award recommendations to ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees. Funds are available in three categories: 

• Arts Alive Project Grant constitutes the largest component of the Arts Alive funding category. These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by arts organizations, groups, collectives, individual artists and a limited number of other nonprofits that offer open-to-the public arts activities as part of their on-going operations. First time applicants are most competitive. Artists and unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in tandem with a fiscal agent organization. Project Grant Award: $1,000 to $5,000.

• Arts Alive Artist Grant provides commissioning support to individual artists for the creation of new work presented in a community setting. This supports artist-created work rather than work created by the community under an artist’s direction. However, an essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process. Artist Grant Award: $2,500.

• Arts Alive Arts Education Grant (formerly called Arts Partners Challenge Grant) provides support for partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and Westchester public schools (Grades K-12), after-school and lifelong learning programs. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. ArtsWestchester encourages projects that integrate the arts into the curriculum, but curriculum integration is not required. The primary goal is to provide students of all ages with rich artistic learning experiences. Arts-In-Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500.

This year, the Arts Alive granted funding to projects in music programming, short story writing workshops for kids and theater performances. Additionally, cultural festivals and concerts series were among the community events awarded.

Several pre-application workshops will take place over the next few months to help individuals fill out the applications. Interested participants should email lbrady@artswestchester.org to RSVP for one of the following workshops:
Tuesday, Aug. 29: 6 p.m. at Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester;
Wednesday, Aug. 30: 5:30 p.m. at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains;
Tuesday, Sept. 5: 5:30 p.m. at New Rochelle Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle;
Friday, Sept. 6: 5:30 p.m. at Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave., Ossining;
Thursday, Sept. 7: 6 p.m. at Lincoln Depot Museum, 10 S. Water St., Peekskill;
Monday, Sept. 11: 6 p.m. at Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown;
Tuesday, Sept. 12: 5:30 p.m. at PC4 Purchase College Center for Community and Culture, 16 Warburton Ave., Yonkers.

For guidelines or to download an Arts Alive application, visit artswestchester.org/aw/arts-alive-grants.     

Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

She had file envy

Who says paperwork is not sexy?! This week, I was so impressed (and even charmed) by the paperwork and systems of two different women. I was even a little envious. In the first case, my client Lois in Ardsley decided that it was time to get her paperwork in order. After six years of shifting paperwork, a dysfunctional home office, an international move and the purchase of a new home, she had HAD ...

Bias in Media, in Me, in You

While listening to an interview with a voter on my car radio, I thought I had excess ear wax that obstructed my hearing. The voter (whose name is Bruce) said this about one of the qualifications that a Senate or House candidate must have to earn his vote: “I don’t want anyone with ideas. We have enough of those already.”

I’m a journalist and have been one my entire ...

Southern Discomfort: ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Editor’s Note: The author of this review is a board member of Axial Theatre.

Siblings cackling over their grandpappy’s coma.

A 24-year-old bride who says she shot and wounded her wealthy, hot-shot husband because she doesn’t like his looks (and doesn’t much care for the sound of his voice, either).

A 27-year-old aspiring singer-actress who puts on airs that ...

Cross My Legs and Hope to Die

One morning, I had a big cup of coffee as I usually do, and then I got in the car and drove 40 minutes to a clothing store I had been curious to check out. I don’t normally drive 40 minutes to go shopping, but since I am a stay-at-home mom and everyone knows we stay-at-home moms just spend our time shopping and eating bonbons, I figured, “What the hey.”

Having had the ...

Pretty in Raspberry Pink

“I got a pedicure today,” I said to my husband, showing off my freshly painted toes glimmering from beneath my flip flops.  “What do you think?”

“They’re orange,” he said. 

“They’re not orange,” I corrected him. “They’re cantaloupe.” He blinked a couple of times trying to process this irrelevant piece of ...

Veatch Fund to Award Six Student Scholarships

May 16, 2018

Six graduating seniors from local high schools will be awarded 2018 Justin Veatch Fund music scholarships in June. This year’s recipients are Chloe Collins of Calvert Academy, Justin Giacchetto of North Salem High School, Justin Hahn of Peekskill High School, Noah Mattison of Harrison High School, Alicia McMillan of The Ursuline School, and Chris Paraggio of Carmel High School.

The ...