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March 2019

New York State Legislator Sandy Galef, Kinga Lesniak (representing grantee Nowodworski Foundation), ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam and Richard Sena (representing grantee Haverstraw RiverArts Fund)  at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive Grants event.  Photo credit Leslye Smith.

ArtsWestchester Awards 60 “Arts Alive” Grants

On January 25, ArtsWestchester presented 60 “Arts Alive” grants totaling $105,000 to help fund more arts workshops, free concerts, theater performances, children’s murals, film festivals and much more throughout Westchester and Rockland counties. Administered by ArtsWestchester, the 2019 Arts Alive grants are funded through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


“The Arts Alive grants are so diverse and so reflective of our communities here in Westchester and Rockland counties,” said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “The arts are alive and well, and we are especially thankful to all of our state reprentatives who continue to support the arts with this important funding. So many exciting and vibrant cultural programs will come to life thanks to these grants, which will continue to foster community engagement, spur economic development and enrich our overall quality of life.”


New York Senators Shelley Mayer and David Carlucci and other notable dignitaries and business leaders joined ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees to present the grants. The event took place in the ArtsWestchester gallery in White Plains.


Arts Alive grants are awarded in three categories: Arts Alive Project Grants ($1,000 to $5,000) to provide county-based organizations and artists with financial and technical support for projects at a grassroots level; Arts Alive Artist Grants ($2,500) to support works that relate to the community in a significant way; and Arts Alive Education Grants ($1,000 to $2,500) to provide support for partnerships between individual artists or cultural organizations and local public schools (grades K-12).


Arts Alive grantees are chosen through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals. Some local examples of this year’s funded projects include:


 ArchForKids (Ossining and New Rochelle) – ArchForKids will provide programs for underserved children to explore architecture and design. At the Ossining Library in August, teens will construct life-size chairs out of cardboard strong enough to support their own weight. At the New Rochelle Library, ArchForKids educators will lead two “hands on, minds on” architecture camps for kids ages 7-12. These programs are free of charge and expressly for children whose families cannot afford other summer enrichment activities.


 The following are the local Westchester 2019 Arts Alive Grant awardees: 2019 Arts Alive Project Grantees: ArchForKids (f/a New Rochelle Library) (New Rochelle); Harrison Public Library Foundation, Inc. (Harrison); New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) (Various): Nowodworski Foundation (Port Chester); The Westchester Chordsmen (Mamaroneck); and White Plains Public Library Foundation (White Plains). Arts Alive Education Grantees: Gina Kingsley (New Rochelle). Arts Alive Artist Grantees: Sandra Wong Geroux (Rye).


For more information, visit artsw.org/artsalive.