Arts Alive Recipients

ArtsWestchester congratulates the recipients of the 2016 Arts Alive Project and Artist grants.

Awards are made through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals. In addition to the Arts Alive grants, ArtWestchester will also be awarding two Arts Partners Challenge Grants, which foster the use of the arts to teach curricula concepts.



Cross Cultural Connection, Peekskill
Intergenerational Jazz Ensemble
Ten weeks of jazz workshops and master classes will be made available for high school students & older adults in Peekskill.  This project will also include collaborative jazz performances.

Greenburgh Town Hall, Arts and Culture Committee, Greenburgh
Kids Short Story Connection
Twelve two-hour writing workshops, led by published authors and teachers, will be offered for 9-18 year-old students.

Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford
Café a las Siete 2016
These four public events will present elements of Latino culture by offering dance lessons, performances, language instruction, film, & live music performances.

Judy Ayres, Choreographer, Mount Vernon
Spring & Holiday Senior Shows
Musical variety shows will be performed by senior citizens in two seasonal performances.

Little Radical Theatrics, Bronxville
Little Radical Theatrics 2016 Season
This theatre company will present three Broadway-style musicals will to be performed in Yonkers, including “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Rent.”

NIJI No Kai Corp., Valhalla
2016 White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival
This free Japanese cultural arts festival will include dance, Taiko drums and martial arts demonstrations during the spring, when cherry blossoms bloom in White Plains.

Nowodworski FoundationGooseberry Studio, Shenrock
Urban Weaving
A public art installation will be erected in downtown Yonkers.

Nowodworski Foundation, Purdys
My Horizons
This “cultural and educational exchange” will host arts workshops for children in various mediums include painting, drawing and mixed media.

O’Bey Foundation, Inc., Mount Vernon
Afrikan Healing Drum and Dance Circle
Thirty African dance and drum community workshops will be led at AC-BAW Art Center in Mount Vernon.

OCA -Westchester & Hudson Valley, White Plains
2016 Asian American Heritage Festival
Both professional and non-professional artists will expose audiences to Asian cultural performances of song, dance and more at an outdoor festival event.

Ossining Arts Council, Ossining
Fishing on Henry’s Hudson: Henry Gourdine
In this visual and theatrical event, a storyteller from Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) will guide a performance of Henry Gourdine’s life as an innovative African American who revolutionized commercial fishing on the Hudson River.  A replica/installation of Gourdine’s fishing shanty will be constructed in the Ossining Arts Council’s Steamer Firehouse.

Ossining Public Library, Ossining
Capoeira… going back to our roots
This summer workshop, designed for children aged 11 to 16, will introduce elements of dance, rhythm, & movement.

Paramount Hudson Valley Arts Inc., Peekskill
Black History Month: The Canada Lee Project
A staged reading of a new work by Hudson Valley playwright Mona Z. Smith will be performed by Esperance Theatre Company.

Peekskill Arts Alliance, Inc., Peekskill
Open Studios 2016
This grant will provide outreach and marketing support for the annual Peekskill Open Studios weekend.

PJS Jazz Society, Inc. Mount Vernon
PJS Spring Concert Series
This organization will host three affordable live jazz concerts in Mount Vernon.

Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists, Sleepy Hollow
This organization will offer open studios for dance and hip hop sessions.  The resulting routines will be performed publicly, at the Ossining Fair, Tarrytown Third Friday and Sleepy Hollow Farmer’s Market.

The Field Library, Peekskill
Black Marble Duo
This musical duo will perform Baroque music on period instruments in four performances, taking place in Peekskill, Ossining, Shrub Oak and Mt. Vernon.

Songcatchers, New Rochelle
Intergenerational Community Music Program
Collaborative events in New Rochelle will feature a junior choir with local seniors. These events will provide an intergenerational, musical and social experience for student and senior participants as well as an entertaining experience for the general public.

St. Thomas Orchestra, Mamaroneck
Fall 2016 Concert
This concert will feature works of Westchester-based composer William Eckfeld with an opening performance by White Plains High School honors ensemble.

STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, Larchmont
Artist Learning Residency in Bubble Science
STEMtastic Saturday Festival will feature a performance of the Bubble Trouble Show as well as arts workshops aimed at teaching STEM and STEAM skills.

The Y Dance Academy, Family YMCA Tarrytown, Tarrytown
Increasing Community Access to Dance
The Y Dance Academy will hold Open Studio Rehearsals, when the public will be invited to attend rehearsals of four performing youth groups (Ballet Repertory, Tap Workshop, Youth Ensemble and Teen Ensemble).  These groups will also perform at Tarrytown Third Friday events.

Tribes Hill – Kindred Folk, Valhalla
Concert Series
The Kindred Folk series will consist of monthly folk music concerts to be performed at Embark, Peekskill.

Tutti Bravi Productions, New Rochelle
Spirits and Souls – Huguenot Voices from the Trinity Burial Grounds
New monologues will be written and original music composed, from the perspective of Huguenot settlers buried in Trinity Burial Grounds, for a new historical production.

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining
One Act Festival
This festival event will include performances of new one-act plays, which will be performed at Steamer Company Firehouse in Ossining.

Yonkers Downtown BID, Yonkers
Yonkers Riverfest – Artists Showcase
This annual event presents an Open-Air Artist Showcase, featuring works from 20+ local artists.


Esther Lo, Scarsdale
Faces and Identities
Lo will create a series of clay busts / sculptures that feature community members of diverse backgrounds.

Debralyn Press, Irvington
Color of the World
This new dance piece will feature choreography that is based on, and inspired by, an anti-bullying message.

John Rizzo, Tarrytown
Westchester Warriors
Rizzo will produce a documentary and photo exhibition about soldiers living in Westchester County.


Arts Alive Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and administered by ArtsWestchester.