ArtsWestchester Awards 60 “Arts Alive” Grants Totaling $105,000 to Fund Cultural Activities Throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties

ArtsWestchester today presented 60 “Arts Alive” grants totaling $105,000 to help fund more arts workshops, free concerts, theater performances, children’s murals, film festivals and much more throughout Westchester and Rockland counties. Administered by ArtsWestchester, the 2019 Arts Alive grants are funded through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“The Arts Alive grants are so diverse and so reflective of our communities here in Westchester and Rockland counties,” said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “The arts are alive and well, and we are especially thankful to all of our state representatives who continue to support the arts with this important funding. So many exciting and vibrant cultural programs will come to life thanks to these grants, which will continue to foster community engagement, spur economic development and enrich our overall quality of life.”

New York Senators Shelley Mayer and David Carlucci and other notable dignitaries and business leaders joined ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees to present the grants. The event took place on January 25, 2019 in the ArtsWestchester gallery in downtown White Plains.

Arts Alive grants are awarded in three categories: Arts Alive Project Grants ($1,000 to $5,000) to provide county-based organizations and artists with financial and technical support for projects at a grassroots level; Arts Alive Artist Grants ($2,500) to support works that relate to the community in a significant way; and Arts Alive Education Grants ($1,000 to $2,500) to provide support for partnerships between individual artists or cultural organizations and local public schools (grades K-12).

Arts Alive grantees are chosen through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals. For more information, visit Some examples of this year’s funded projects include:

  • ArchForKids (Ossining and New Rochelle) – ArchForKids will provide programs for underserved children to explore architecture and design. At the Ossining Library in August, teens will construct life-size chairs out of cardboard strong enough to support their own weight. At the New Rochelle Library, ArchForKids educators will lead two “hands on, minds on” architecture camps for kids ages 7-12. These programs are free of charge and expressly for children whose families cannot afford other summer enrichment activities.
  • Jeffrey Friedberg (Upper Nyack) – Funds will help Musical Theater For Life share the joy and excitement of musical theater with adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Rebeca Tomas (Peekskill/Sleepy Hollow) – “Yo, También,” an all-female Flamenco work with live dance and music from members of the A Palo Seco Flamenco Company, will pay tribute to women’s rights, with an eye towards the Me Too movement. The creative process of this work will be open to the public through open rehearsals and work-in-progress showings, followed by a final performance open to the public.

The following are the 2019 Arts Alive Grant awardees by county:



2019 Arts Alive Project Grantees:

Andrea Elam (f/a Ossining Library) (Ossining)

ArchForKids (f/a New Rochelle Library) (New Rochelle)

ArchForKids (f/a Ossining Library) (Ossining)

Bedford Playhouse (Bedford)

Black Marble Duo (f/a Field Library) (Various)

CLC Foundation, Inc. (Mt. Kisco)

Cross Cultural Connection (Peekskill)

GoJo Clan Productions (Ossining)

Gooseberry Studio (f/a Nowodworski) (Yonkers)

Greenburgh Public Library (Greenburgh)

Harrison Public Library Foundation, Inc. (Harrison)

Little Radical Theatrics Inc (Yonkers)

Mount Vernon Public Library (Mount Vernon)

Mount Vernon Public Library (Mount Vernon)

New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) (Various)

Northern Star Quilters’ Guild, Inc. (Somers)

Nowodworski Foundation (Port Chester)

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (Valhalla)

Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series  (f/a Ossining Library) (Ossining)

Ossining Public Library (Ossining)

Paramount Hudson Valley Arts (Peekskill)

Peekskill Arts Alliance, Inc. (Peekskill)

PJS Jazz Society, Inc. (Mount Vernon)

Rivertowns Village Green (Tarrytown)

Sidra Bell Dance New York (Tarrytown)

The Westchester Chordsmen (Mamaroneck)

Thomas H. Slater Center, Inc. (White Plains)

Village of Mount Kisco, Mount Kisco Arts Council (Mount Kisco)

Warner Library (Tarrytown)

Wartburg Home of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Mount Vernon)

Westchester Children’s Chorus, Inc. (Mount Vernon)

Westchester Collaborative Theater (Ossining)

Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services (Yonkers)

White Plains Public Library Foundation (White Plains)

Yonkers Arts (Yonkers)


Arts Alive Education Grantees:

Dene Ross, Yonkers Riverfront Library (Yonkers)

Gina Kingsley (New Rochelle)

Lindsey Francis, urban Studios Unbound (Yonkers)

Tessa Rossi, Henrick Hudson Free Library (Montrose)


Arts Alive Artist Grantees:

Pablo Mayor (Tarrytown)

Rebeca Tomas (Peekskill/Sleepy Hollow)

Sandra Wong Geroux (Rye)




2019 Arts Alive Project Grantees:

Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc. (Suffern)

Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library (Piermont)

Haverstraw RiverArts Fund (Haverstraw)

Nyack Library (Nyack)

Piermont Straus Foundation, Inc (Piermont)

River River Writers Circle (Nyack)

Rockland Camerata (Pearl River)

Rockland County Pride Center (Nyack)

Rockland County Pride Center (Nyack)

Threefold Educational Foundation and School (Chestnut Ridge)

West Third Street Dance Corp./Debra Weiss Dance Company (Pearl River)


Arts Alive Education Grantees:

Jeffrey Friedberg (Upper Nyack)

Arlene Sorenson (Valley Cottage)


Arts Alive Artist Grantees:

Conor MacCallan-Finkelman (Nyack)

Craig Smith (Nyack)

Fereshta Ramsey (Piermont)

John Morton (Tappan)

Peter Strasser (Airmont)

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.