Funding Opportunity for Artists and Art Collectives

of the Mid-Hudson Valley Region

Grant Applications are due: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:59pm

A central principle of ArtsWestchester’s Grant Program is the advancement of diversity, inclusiveness and equity. To further these aims, ArtsWestchester announces Voices for Change, a unique artist grant opportunity designed to promote social awareness through the arts.

At ArtsWestchester, we believe that art has the power to illuminate complex issues, encourage civic discourse, and open the community to new ways of thinking. Voices for Change provides the creative community with an opportunity to develop and present new work that inspires and informs, and may be a catalyst for action.

The Opportunity: Artists and artist collectives in all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for ArtsWestchester’s inaugural Voices for Change project grant. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that include a collaboration with a cultural, service or community-based organization. ArtsWestchester will award three (3) $10,000 project grants through a competitive selection process.

Voices for Change seeks to support visionary work that encourages deep thinking about complex social issues. Projects must reflect significant understanding and analysis of the topic presented. Artists are strongly encouraged to propose projects that are rooted in a collaboration with a community partner. Projects may address the following categories: Social Change, Social Justice, Civic Equity and the Public Good. Unless otherwise appropriate, completed works will be debuted at ArtsWestchester by October 31, 2022.

Deadline for applications is Monday April, 5, 2021. Proposals must be submitted on line. Please review the complete grant guidelines before submitting, which are available here. To access the application, click here.

Eligibility

The ArtsWestchester Voices for Change grant supports the creation and presentation of new work by Mid-Hudson Valley Region individual artists and artist collectives. We seek proposals that reflect a broad and diverse range of creative voices and art forms, ranging from expressions of ethnic/folk traditions to contemporary and experimental forms.
Artists who have previously received funding through one of ArtsWestchester’s grant programs are eligible to apply, but must submit a new and not previously-funded project.

This opportunity is open to individual artists and artist collectives who live or maintain a studio/creative workspace in the Mid-Hudson Valley region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester Counties. We encourage projects from a wide range of artistic disciplines.

Photo of Art Installation titled Beyond a Room of One's Own from the SHE exhibition at ArtsWestchester in 2016. Colors are blue and white with Victorian era chairs and books scattered on the floor, framed pictures of famous women of world history.
Beyond a Room of One's Own by Laurel Garcia | SHE Exhibition 2016 | Photo by Margaret Fox
The Castro Family is sewing colorful fabrics together at a sewing day in preparation for the art installation Metropolis Rising by Amanda Browder | Photo by Aaron Paige
Sewing Day Event | The Castro Family | Credit Aaron Paige

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to reduce risk of technical difficulties. Incomplete, late, hand-delivered, mailed or emailed submissions will NOT be accepted for any reason.

For project related questions, contact:
Kathleen Reckling
Director of Public Programs
[email protected]

For Submittable questions, contact:
Logan Hanley
Gallery Manager
[email protected]

Pre-Application Workshops

We encourage you to attend one of the pre-application workshops to see if this funding opportunity is right for you. If you have questions about registration, please contact Logan Hanley, [email protected].

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 

5:00pm

Register here for ZOOM Workshop.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

5:00pm

Register here for ZOOM Workshop

Additional workshops may be offered, please check back here for updates.