Targeted Arts Initiative grants are designed to help individual artists based in Westchester and Westchester County Mount Vernon and Yonkers-based nonprofit cultural organizations enhance the services they provide to residents in their respective cities.
Arts for People with Special Needs were developed to increase accessibility of the arts to people with special needs. This opportunity, is open to organizations that offer programs for individuals with special needs and human services agencies who apply to partner with artists on ArtsWestchester’s Directory of Teaching Artists for an artist residency.


  • Mount Vernon Arts Initiative for artists and non-profit arts organizations
  • Yonkers Arts Initiative for artists and non-profit arts organizations
  • Arts for People with Special Needs



The 2024 Poet Laureate Opportunity is now open. Application deadline: Monday, October 2, 11:59pm.
To view full guidelines click HERE.

The Westchester Poet Laureate Program embraces both written and spoken poetic traditions, and seeks to promote poetry as a medium that defies boundaries and categories, serves as a platform for underrepresented voices, and offers a space for personal reflection and healing. Poetry is one of the pillars of the humanities, and the Westchester Poet Laureate program is to be a public humanities position. Through public facing programming, the Poet Laureate will mobilize poetry to connect with diverse audiences, to address topics of cultural, social, and historical importance, and to show that poetry can bring real meaning and positive social change to people’s lives and communities. In concert with the Westchester County Executive’s office, the Program will appoint and support an outstanding Westchester poet as Poet Laureate for the County, sponsor public programs that feature local-area poets, and promote poetry as a relevant and accessible art form. This program will be open to poets specializing in spoken and/or written traditions, and languages other than English will be considered.

The three-year term will begin January 1, 2024 and end on December 31, 2026. The Poet Laureate must be at least 25 years old and has been a resident of Westchester County for at least two years.

Applications are available on Submittable, click here to view and submit.

Please join us at an info session on Thursday, September 14 @ 4pm via Zoom. To register for that session please click HERE.

To view the recording of a past info session click here.

Questions? Please contact

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If you would like to schedule time for a one-on-one meeting with our grants staff to discuss your proposal please click HERE

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