The Arts$WChallenge, a Public/Private Matching Grant Program Administered by ArtsWestchester, Raises $526,158 in Private Support for Arts & Culture


(White Plains, NY) – Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators today joined with ArtsWestchester, to announce 45 Westchester arts organizations who are the recipients of matching funds from the Art$WChallenge grant program. This matching grant program, made possible with $200,000 of Westchester County support, provides much-needed funding for arts and culture in Westchester County.

In total, the 45 arts organizations raised $526,158 in new private funds through the 2018 Art$WChallenge program. Together with the matching County funds, the program successfully leveraged a total of $726,158 for arts and culture in Westchester.

County Executive George Latimer said: “The Art$WChallenge program administered by ArtsWestchester is a powerful example of a forward-thinking public/private partnership that pays dividends for the economy. Since the inception of the Art$WChallenge in 2007, a total of $5,467,804 in private and public monies have been raised and invested in Westchester County’s cultural industry. This investment makes good sense when you consider that on an annual basis, arts and culture add $172.3 million in total economic activity to Westchester.”

Chairman of the Board of Legislators Ben Boykin said: “Dance, music, theater and the visual arts are essential to our quality of life, so I’m pleased that the Administration, the Board of Legislators and ArtsWestchester are continuing this matching grant program.  Through this partnership, we support deserving artists and organizations, improve access to the arts for residents across the County and help ArtsWestchester leverage County backing to obtain additional private funding.  That’s a win for everybody. Congratulations to all the wonderful grant recipients this year.”

Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester said: “On behalf of ArtsWestchester, I would like to thank Westchester County and the Board of Legislators for spearheading a program that over twelve years has raised more than $3.6 Million in private funding for the arts community.”

The following 45 arts organizations were awarded matching grants as listed through ArtsWestchester’s 2018 Art$WChallenge program:


Arc Stages, $5,000

Axial Theatre, $4,600

Ballet des Ameriques School and Company, $5,000

Blue Door Art Center, $4,955

Caramoor Center for Music & Arts, $5,000

Clay Art Center, $5,000

Clocktower Players, $2,410

Copland House, $5,000

Downtown Music at Grace, $5,000

Emelin Theatre for Performing Arts, $5,000

Friends of Music Concerts, $1,350

Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, $5,000

Historic Hudson Valley, $5,000

Hoff‐Barthelson Music School, $5,000

Hudson Stage Company, $5,000

Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, $5,000

Hudson Valley Writers Center, $5,000

India Center of Westchester, $5,000

Jacob Burns Film Center, $5,000

Jazz Forum Arts, $5,000

Friends of John Jay Homestead, $5,000

Katonah Museum of Art, $5,000

Lagond Music School, $2,000

Lyndhurst, A National Trust Historic Site, $5,000

Mamaroneck Artists Guild, $4,915

Music Conservatory of Westchester, $5,000

Neuberger Museum, $5,000

New Rochelle Council for the Arts, $5,000

New Rochelle Opera, $5,000

Pelham Art Center, $5,000

Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, $1,913

Picture House Regional Film Center, $5,000

RiverArts, $2,012

Schoolhouse Theater, $5,000

Songcatchers, $5,000

Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, $5,000

Taconic Opera, $5,000

Tarrytown Music Hall, $5,000

The Play Group Theater, $2,500

The Rye Arts Center, $2,600

The Symphony of Westchester, $870

Westchester Philharmonic, $4,875

Westchester Children’s Museum, $5,000

White Plains Performing Arts Center, $5,000

Youth Theatre Interactions, $5,000

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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.