By Hope Sally, Thompson & Bender for ArtsWestchester
Jul. 26, 2017: ArtsWestchester invites artists and nonprofit organizations to apply for the 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, October 4, 2017.
Applications are available and may be accessed electronically by visiting www.artswestchester.org/grants/arts-alive-grant-program.
Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester, said of the grants, “We are grateful to the Westchester state legislators for this program. 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.”
An independent panel comprising 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: Arts Alive Project Grants constitute 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 ongoing 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: Arts Alive Artist Grants provide commissioning support to individual artists for the creation of new work presented in a community setting. This funding 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): Arts Alive Arts Education Grants provide support for partnerships between individual artists or arts organizations and Westchester public schools (grades K-12) and 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 Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500.
This year, the Arts Alive gave funding to projects that spanned across various projects, including music programming, short story writing workshops for kids, and theater performances. Additionally, cultural festivals and concert 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
to RSVP for one of the following workshops:
Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10601
Wednesday, August 9, 5:30 pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10601
Tuesday, August 29, 6:00 pm
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 pm
31 Mamaroneck Ave
Irvington, NY 10533
Tuesday, September 5, 5:30 pm
New Rochelle Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Friday, September 6, 5:30 pm
Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm
Lincoln Depot Museum
10 South Water Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 pm
PC4 Purchase College Center for Community and Culture
16 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
For guidelines or to download an Arts Alive application, go to www.artswestchester.org/aw/arts-alive-grants.
Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, 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 are administered by ArtsWestchester.