ArtsWestchester to award $48,000 in grants for 2024 Juneteenth celebrations in Westchester & Rockland Counties

ArtsWestchester to award $48,000 in grants for 2024 Juneteenth celebrations in Westchester & Rockland Counties.
Countywide June 1 Event Kicks Off a Full Calendar of Juneteenth Events in the Area.

White Plains, N.Y. (May 15, 2024) — ArtsWestchester, with support from Westchester County Government, today announced that it would provide 16 grants to support the arts and cultural components of a full calendar of Juneteenth celebrations planned for Westchester and Rockland Counties. A total of $48,000 in grants will be awarded to organizations participating in a month-long celebration of Juneteenth activities.

Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester CEO explains, “ArtsWestchester has been working with a coalition of 16 organizations which are presenting celebrations of the historic Juneteenth holiday in conjunction with their local municipalities including: Yonkers, White Plains, Mount Kisco, Peekskill, Mount Vernon and others. We applaud the work of the Westchester and Rockland Juneteenth Coalition in bringing such diverse cultural activities to the County.”

A full calendar of Juneteenth celebrations presented by the 2024 Juneteenth grantees in Westchester and Rockland Counties can be found here:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester County Government is proud to partner with ArtsWestchester in commemoration of Juneteenth, throughout the month of June. In Westchester we embrace the principles of inclusivity and diversity, and in honor of Juneteenth, we come together to acknowledge the deep-rooted history of slavery and the lasting impact it has had on our communities. I invite all of our residents to come out an enjoy one of the many music or dance performances, activities or events the coalition has planned, and use it as an opportunity to celebrate our shared humanity and continued work toward a more just and equitable society.”

The following 2024 Juneteenth Grantees have been awarded a $3000 grant from ArtsWestchester:
Ardsley Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Tuckahoe Juneteenth
Equity4All Lewisboro
FMVARYP (Friends of Mount Vernon Arts, Recreation & Youth Programs)
Haverstraw African American Connection Inc.
Mount Kisco Juneteenth
Peekskill Youth Bureau
Port Chester Historical Society
Pound Ridge Human Rights Advisory Committee
The Irvington Juneteenth Committee (in conjunction with Commemorate Inc.)
The Juneteenth Council (Ossining)
The Lincoln Park Conservancy, Inc.
Town of Greenburgh Arts and Culture Committee
Village of Pelham Council on the Arts
White Plains Juneteenth Heritage, Inc.
Yonkers African American Heritage Committee

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.