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.”

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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.