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Arts Alive Grants Support Arts Activities Throughout Westchester County

Arts Alive 2017 grantee Evan Bishop (right) with partner
Katori Walker (left) and their subject, participant Marco
(photo credit: Susan Abbott)
Arts Alive 2017 grantee Evan Bishop (right) with partner Katori Walker (left) and their subject, participant Marco (photo credit: Susan Abbott)

Film festivals, arts workshops, multicultural programs, free concerts and more will be made available throughout Westchester County in the coming year. With funds from New York State Council on the Arts, ArtsWestchester has awarded 35 grants for community-based arts projects to take place in 2018. These “Arts Alive” grants support artistic expression and community involvement through the arts – from dance and theater to writing and outdoor festivals – by helping to fund proposals from local artists and organizations.

Arts Alive grants are awarded in three categories: Arts Alive Project Grants provide Westchester-based organizations and artists with financial and technical support for projects at a grassroots level; Arts Alive Artist Grants support works that relate to the community in a significant way; and Arts Alive Education Grants provide support for partnerships between individual artists or cultural organizations and Westchester public schools (grades K-12). Some examples of these funded projects include:

  • Money Makin’ Mob (Mount Vernon) – an all-day outdoor hip-hop music and dance festival featuring local musicians, dancers and DJs.
  • YoFi Film Fest Workshops (Yonkers) – Ten Saturday workshops in Yonkers will teach 6th-9th grade students about professional film, television, animation and digital video.
  • Veterans Writing Workshop (Ossining) – writing workshops led by artist David Surface will pair local veterans with Ossining High School students for a “story exchange.”

Arts Alive grantees are chosen through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals. For more info, visit artsw.org/artsalive.

This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts

A version of this article first appeared in the February issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews

2018 Arts Alive Grant Awardees


Arts Alive Project Grantees:

Arch For Kids (Dobbs Ferry)

Arts and Culture Committee (Greenburgh)

ARTS10566 (Peekskill)

Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church (Tuckahoe/Crestwood)

Black Marble Duo (Peekskill)

Cross Cultural Connection (Peekskill)

Greenburgh Public Library (Greenburgh)

Little Radical Theatrics (Bronxville)

Money Makin’ Mob (Mount Vernon)

Mount Vernon Public Library (Mount Vernon)

Niji No Kai (Valhalla)

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter

Operation PROM (New Rochelle)

Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series (Ossining)

Ossining Public Library (Ossining)

Peekskill Arts Alliance (Peekskill)

PJS Jazz Society (Mount Vernon)

Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services (Mount Vernon)

Rebecca Thomas (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow)

Rivertowns Village Green (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow)

Sidra Bell Dance NY (White Plains)

St. Thomas Orchestra (Mamaroneck)

The Nowodworski Foundation (Purdys)

The Westchester Chordsmen (Rye)

Thomas H. Slater Center (White Plains)

Tribes Hill (Peekskill)

White Plains Public Library (White Plains)

YoFi Fest (Yonkers)

Zafiro Acevedo (Yonkers)


Arts Alive Education Grantees:

Pablo Mayor (Tarrytown) for Sleepy Hollow High School

Veterans Writing Workshop (Ossining) for Ossining High School

Dene Ross (Tuckahoe) for Riverside High School, Yonkers


Arts Alive Artist Grantees:

Dave Steck (Yonkers)

Daniel Willner (Katonah)