First Female Governor of New York Supports the Arts

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul admired the artwork when visiting Ginsberg Development Companies’s property at 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains. Mural by Raymond Saa.

After a heated election for the Governor seat, New York State Democratic Kathy Hochul won her first full term in office. Ultimately, she made history as the first elected female governor of New York.

Governor Hochul considers the arts as key to economic development in the State. She has said: “The arts entice people to downtowns all over the State. Our recovery depends on their success.”

This fall, she announced the State’s largest-ever commitment to New York State Council on the Arts for capital projects for the arts, with a record $150M in capital funding for arts and cultural organizations. This is following already record-level funding for the arts in the FY 2023 Budget. Said Hochul: “New York’s arts and cultural organizations strengthen our economic wellbeing, nourish our diversity and identity, and support our communities.”

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins recently announced that Hochul’s budget included ten million dollars for arts councils in various upstate regions. As an example, ArtsWestchester will receive a one-million-dollar grant, $500K of which will be re-granted to top arts organizations in Westchester and Rockland County communities.

Executive Director of CNY Arts Stephen Butler reports that these new funds will allow his organization to distribute more than twice as many awards than in previous years. He adds: “For this grant cycle, CNY Arts will be awarding at least 120 grants across Central New York.”

Explains Stewart-Cousins: “The ten million dollars in funds that will be delivered through these 10 local arts agencies are an important factor in creating better communities. Through arts education, folk arts, programs for producing and presenting operations, and individual artists, these fund create access to important local history and quality cultural programming, as well as support the underserved.”

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.

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