Local artists and arts groups with creative ideas for new art projects in Westchester and Rockland Counties are encouraged to apply for a 2020 Arts Alive grant. Imagine being transported to Asia by attending a festival of traditional music and dance, getting a front-row seat to the premiere of a new independent film, or reliving your favorite play at a nearby theater. Funding from New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program enables ArtsWestchester to make these types of arts activities easily accessible to all Westchester and Rockland residents, especially in areas where access is limited. Grants are awarded in three categories: Project Grants provide financial support for projects that demonstrate a strong community benefit; Artist Grants provide direct support for the creation of new work related to the community; and Education Grants support in-school and after-school learning projects.
A series of pre-application workshops are available throughout the summer to assist interested applicants. To schedule a one-on-one meeting, visit calendly.com/artswgrants/2020. Upcoming workshops include:
July 18: New City Library (New City), 10am; July 23: Dobbs Ferry Public Library (Dobbs Ferry), 5:30pm; July 25: Arts Council of Rockland (Garnerville), 5:30pm; August 1: Bethany Arts Community (Ossining), 6pm; August 8: Pelham Art Center (Pelham), 10am; August 14: Rockland Music Conservatory (Pearl River), 10am
Application deadlines are September 18 in Westchester County and October 2 in Rockland County.
For guidelines and application, visit artsw.org/artsalive.
A version of this article first appeared in the July-August issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.