arts-westchester.jpgArtsWestchester is now accepting applications from community arts organizations and individual artists Grant Deadline is October 18, 2013.   White Plains, N.Y. - Arts Alive grant applications are now being accepted from non-profit arts organizations and individual artists in Westchester.  Awarded annually, ArtsWestchester's Arts Alive grants are designed to help small Westchester-based grassroots organizations and artists to make arts and cultural activities easily accessible to a wide community audience. The deadline for submissions is October 18, 2013.  For more information including the grants application, visit or contact Eric Siegel at 914-428-4220 x324 or Arts Alive grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.  Arts Alive grants have supported the creation of a community mural, affordable theatrical performances for the whole family, jazz concerts by nationally recognized artists, and an outdoor Asian American festival.    "Arts Alive grants speak to the core of what ArtsWestchester is all about," explains ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam.  "Part of the organization's mission is to make the arts accessible to all communities, income brackets and age ranges throughout Westchester, and this grant program is one of many ways we make that happen."  Last year, ArtsWestchester awarded approximately $45,000 in Arts Alive grants, and received 65 applications overall.   An independent panel comprised of artists, as well as business, civic and cultural leaders review the applications and make award recommendations to ArtsWestchester's Board of Trustees.  Funds are available in two categories:  
  • Arts Alive Project Grants provide financial support for a range of projects that demonstrate a strong community benefit. Previous Arts Alive Project grants have supported for example, a community African drum circle and a multimedia dance performance reflecting the stories of cancer survivors.
  • Arts Alive Artist Grants provide direct support to artists to create new work related to the community. Previous Arts Alive Artist Grants have resulted in the creation of landscape paintings of Westchester, a sculpture of a resident jazz musician, and musical performances celebrating the lives of past musicians. The variety of projects that receive Arts Alive Grants each year illustrates Westchester's artistic and cultural diversity.
Pre-application and guideline workshops are hosted by ArtsWestchester throughout the county.   There will be two sessions at ArtsWestchester specifically for artists who are interested in the individual artist grants.  One-on-one technical assistance is also available by appointment. To set up an appointment, contact Eric Siegel at 914-428-4220 x324 or   Workshops will be held on:  
  • Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Mount Vernon Public Library, 28 First Avenue, Mount Vernon.  Hosted by Mount Vernon Arts & Culture, Inc.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
  • Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 pm at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains (for artist grants)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6 pm at Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining.  Hosted by Ossining Arts Council and Peekskill Arts Alliance.
  • Thursday,  Sept. 19 at 6 pm at Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown
  • Hosted by Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow Arts Council.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 pm at Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 pm at New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle.  Hosted by New Rochelle Council on the Arts.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 6 pm at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
  • Thursday, Oct 3 at 6 pm at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains (for artist grants)

To download an application and guidelines, or to RSVP for one of the workshops, visit:   For more Arts Alive information, contact Eric Siegel at   For press inquiries, contact Mary Alice Franklin at     # # # ArtsWestchester is your connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State; its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester. Our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into the Arts Exchange, a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community. Contact:  Mary Alice Franklin 914-428-4220 x318