artswestchester.jpgThe organization partners with New York State Council on the Arts to award 39 grants to Westchester-based artists and arts organization  White Plains, N.Y. - Imagine a workshop in which a musician facilitates environmental awareness through cooperative songwriting, or a theater group that brings performances to underprivileged communities, exposing them to ideas they may have never considered. ArtsWestchester's Arts Alive Grants turn these and other imaginings into realities annually by providing direct support to artists and organizations that combine creativity and community - enlivening the cultural landscape of our neighborhoods. This year at a breakfast on February 14, a total of 39 grants will be awarded to artists and organizations that support projects throughout the county, including performing and fine art, public art installations, multimedia exhibitions and educational programming. Over $46,000 will be awarded to support programs that incorporate community involvement and/or engagement as the basis of their intent. For more information, visit:   Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District) and George Latimer (37th District) will be among the New York State Legislative delegation that will assist ArtsWestchester's attending Board of Trustee members in presenting the Arts Alive Grants (see below for the full list of awardees). The awards breakfast will be held in Gallery9 at The Arts Exchange, located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY on Friday, February 14, from 8:30-10:30am. ArtsWestchester's Arts Alive grants are made possible with support from the Decentralization Program of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).   "The Arts Alive Grants keep art programs in Westchester strong and greatly contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities," states Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader. "I am always proud to support the New York State Council for the Arts, which funds the Arts Alive program, because the arts enrich our lives and help drive our local economies." This year's Arts Alive Grants support projects in more than 20 municipalities throughout the county, including Mount Vernon, Elmsford, New Rochelle, Sleepy Hollow, Ossining, White Plains and Yonkers. They also allow ArtsWestchester to award two Arts Partners Challenge Grants for school-based projects. ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam explains, "In addition to making the arts easily accessible to hundreds of people, Arts Alive Grants foster a sense of community, bringing people of varied backgrounds together for a common experience." Two artists will receive Arts Alive Artist Grants  at the February 14 event. "NYSCA's Decentralization Funds are particularly important because they are the only means we have for funding artists to create new work," Langsam adds. In addition to demonstrating artistic merit, the artists who receive the awards are proposing projects that relate to the community in a significant way.  ArtsWestchester awards are granted through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals. In addition to the Arts Alive grants, ArtsWestchester will also be awarding two Arts Partners Challenge Grants that foster the use of the arts to teach curricula concepts. Arts Alive Celebratory Breakfast: Friday, February 14, 2014 8:30-10:30am ArtsWestchester's Gallery9 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, 9th Floor White Plains, NY 10601   RSVP required. Please contact Eric Siegel at (914) 428 - 4220, ext. 324, or     LIST OF AWARDEES   ARTS ALIVE PROJECT GRANTS 35 grants totaling $37,000  Andrea Elam - DanceVids Peekskill youth will create, edit and share original dance videos with choreographer Andrea Elam and the Digital Arts Department at Westchester Community College. Antonia Arts, Inc. - Peekskill Emerald City Members from Antonia Arts, Inc., dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz, will visit Peekskill locations, inviting people to join them as they journey to Oz to meet the Wizard. Bronxville Public Library - Bronxville BroLab A public art initiative in partnership with BroLab, a NY-based art collective. The project consists of 3 parts: An interior sculpture will incorporate iconography of a reading table, an exterior piece will act as a forum for public recitations and a Farmers' Market intervention will include modular forms to be arranged by the public as seating and staging, to highlight farmers and crops. Chappaqua Orchestral Association - Broadway Lights This performance, conducted by artistic and musical director Michael Shapiro, will celebrate the great American musical with a special appearance by the West Point Jazz Knights and singer Alexis Cole. Collegium Westchester Inc. - Collegium Westchester concerts for 2014 (June and November) Collegium Westchester brings vocational and professional musicians together to perform side-by-side with two concert series, one for the orchestra and another for chorus and orchestra. Cross-Cultural Connection - Pro-Am Ensemble This jazz mentoring program, consisting of 10 workshops and master classes for middle and high school students, culminates in a series of performances, including a partnership with dancer Andrea Elam's students at the Paramount Hudson Valley. Daisy Jopling Foundation - The String Pulse Experience Daisy Jopling will create a unique concert experience when accompanied by approximately 200 string players, ages 10-19; renowned beat boxer, body percussionist and rythmist Michael Feigenbaum; and a student percussion group, vocal group and dancers.  Educational Exchange - You Picasso- DISCOVER, CREATE, DESIGN This series of 14 art workshops for children in Port Chester will be aimed at fostering their natural artistic ability and will include workshops on color, animals and design. Fort Hill Players, Inc. - Free Summer Theater in the Parks A series of free outdoor performances will present stories to children that teach such life lessons as supporting harmony and gender equality, encouraging problem solving and providing an optimistic outlook on life. Friends of Hastings Public Library - Dewey Loves Drama Playwriting program for middle schoolers and older will teach how to create, stage and perform in a production. Workshops will include panel discussions with playwrights, directors and more. Gooseberry Studio (Educational Exchange) - Infinity This public art light installation in the shape of the infinity symbol will be on display in Yonkers during the summer. It is inspired by the Native American name for the Hudson River meaning "river that flows two ways." Greenburgh Public Library - Cafe a las Siete A series of multi-cultural presentations by South and Central American musicians and dancers includes Latin dancers, a guitarist and a workshop to teach the creation and playing of traditional Andean instruments. Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Inc. - Hispanic Heritage Month Project This free bilingual children's play with music will be presented during Hispanic Heritage Month. Harrison Public Library - Discover Japanese Music Four concerts will introduce Japanese music and instruments to the community. Four corresponding workshops will demonstrate how instruments are played and explain the structure and history. Hudson Valley Singers Corp -  Outreach Project This program will bring Hudson Valley Chamber Singers' performances to public venues in ethnically diverse and low-income communities. Judy Ayers (Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services) - Spring and Holiday Senior Shows Senior citizen spring musical dance performance - Participants will attend a series of rehearsals and take part in a final performance for other senior citizens. Little Radical Theatrics, Inc. - Little Radical Theatrics 2014 Season Little Radicals Theatrics' 2014 Season will include Once on this Island, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Damn Yankees. M&M Productions Acting Company, Inc. - Having Our Say in Westchester Performances of this play, based on the lives of two African-American sisters who grew up in Mount Vernon, will be held in underserved locations throughout Westchester. New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Inc. -  New Westchester Symphony Orchestra Free Library Concert Series A series of free concerts at libraries throughout Westchester will inspire audiences to invite music making back into their lives. Niji No Kai Corp. - 15th White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival This celebration of Japanese culture and art in White Plains will include Taiko drumming, children's song and dance performances, Japanese classical dance and a tea ceremony. OBey Foundation, Inc. - Drums 4 Life Program A 28-week series of African dance and drumming workshops for all ages in Mount Vernon. Youth clients from the Westchester probation system will participate with the general public. A public performance will conclude the series. OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley - Asian American Heritage Festival 2014 Festival will present Asian culture to local communities, showcasing song, dance, book readings and other cultural performances. Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series (Ossining Arts Council) - Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series A series of documentary films, viewed at the Ossining Public Library, will include discussion and demonstrations. Ossining Public Library - Cultural Metal Tooling The program, consisting of six metal art workshops, will provide children and their families with an opportunity to learn how their cultures, and others, use metal arts to express themselves. Peekskill Arts Alliance - Peekskill Open Studios 2014 Artist studios will be open to the public during this two-day event, when local residents have the opportunity to speak with the artists. Programs, all with Q& A sessions, include studio tours, performance art and spoken word events. PJS Jazz Society, Inc. - PJS Spring Concert Series PJS Jazz Society will present three affordable jazz concerts for Westchester audiences, allowing many who cannot afford NYC prices to see and hear renowned performers without traveling far from home. Pleasantville Music Theater, Inc. - 2014 Mainstage Musical Pleasantville Music Theater, Inc. will present a full staged musical. Past productions have included such shows as Spamalot, The Who's Tommy, Kiss the Spiderwoman and The Baker's Wife. Rivertown Artist Workshop (Warner Library) - Community Supported Art & Dance New juried work by a contemporary dance theater company will be featured in a site-specific location during local festivals and public events. Scarsdale Congregational Church - Concert Series A series of four concerts that are open to the public will feature orchestral selections and more. Audiences will receive notes about each musical piece, and each performance concludes with reception and a meet and greet with performers. Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists - Breaking the Barre This series of ten workshops will explore social constructs that exist in society as young artists work with professional performers, choreographers and theatrical designers on a culminating final performance. Songcatchers, Inc.  - Intergenerational Music Program This program will bring together the Songcatchers Jr. Choir and senior citizen choruses from Doyle Singers and Marito Manor Singers for two performances, and will also support continued piano lessons for seniors. The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, N.Y. - 22nd Annual Yonkers Riverfest The Open-Air Artist Showcase will support local talent by showcasing culturally diverse musical performances at Yonkers Riverfest. Westchester Collaborative Theater - Three Play Productions Westchester Collaborative Theater (WTC) will create and perform two full-length productions and three readings of original work by members of WTC. Following each performance, audiences can provide constructive feedback to writers. Westchester Oratorio Society, Inc. - Gloria with REBEL Baroque A collaboration between Westchester Oratorio Society and REBEL Baroque Orchestra, this concert at the South Salem Presbyterian Church will be broadcast on public access television. White Plains Hispanic Day Parade Committee, Inc. (El Centro Hispano, Inc.) - Hispanic Festival Folkloric dance troupes will conduct dance workshops for the public during the White Plains Hispanic Festival. Participants will then be invited to perform with the troupe.   ARTS ALIVE ARTIST GRANTS  Two grants totaling $5,000 Gabrielle Sia - Here, Beneath the Elm The artist will create a mosaic mural outside of a formerly graffiti-marked bathroom in a public park. The mosaic will be that of an elm tree which explains how the town of Elmsford received its name. Its completion will represent strength & intuitiveness (traits that are relevant to working class families) and growth and prosperity (which relate to the children who play by the mural). Patricia Miranda - Bug to Book The artist will inspire community participants to forage for galls in their environment, learn to mix iron or sulfate (with) this natural, irregular plant growth and create drawings that will be displayed at the artist's gallery. The Bug to Book project aims to connect active and viewing participants to larger environmental, scientific, cultural and historic contexts through this small wasp nest.   ARTS PARTNERS CHALLENGE GRANTS  Two grants totaling $4,100 Copland House, Inc. and Hillcrest Elementary School - The Dot and the Line Copland House will bring its program Playing with Numbers:  Musical Adventures in Math to Hillside Elementary School in March 2014.  The overall project includes two performances at the School during the school day (with 200 students per grade in attendance at each performance).  In addition to the two performances, Copland House will lead a pre-concert activity for each grade, tied to its math curriculum, as well as a post-concert opportunity to "get to know and play" the instruments (including a variety of particularly colorful non-traditional percussion instruments) with the musicians. Kristen Linder and Ossining High School - Mural: Pillars of American Music The project will involve three groups of students in grades 10-12 who are enrolled in a Painting Class and an Advanced Placement Studio class. The art teachers will work with a history teacher and develop interdisciplinary lessons focused on the history of American music. Based on their learning during their painting, studio and orchestra classes, the students will develop a vision for the mural based on the pillars of American music: classical, jazz, folk and world music.  The student muralists will design a collage depicting these foundational genres that shaped our American music culture. 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 NYS Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.     For more information, visit:   For more information, contact: LisaMarie DeSanto, Communications Associate,, 914-428-4220 x321 # # #  
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: LisaMarie DeSanto (914) 428-4220 x321 //