2018 Arts Award honorees, pictured with our CEO, Janet Langsam: Front Row: Maura O'Malley and Ed Friedman (representing Community Awardee Lifetime Arts, Inc., Leadership Awardee Dr. LaRuth Gray Back Row: Seth Soloway (representing Cultural Organization awardee The Performing Arts Center @ Purchase College), ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam, Artist Awardee Will Crutchfield, Steven Abusch (representing Sophia Abeles Education Awardee The Play Group Theatre), Susanne Pandich (representing President's Awardee: the "Presenting Series" at Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Pocantico Center), Community Awardee Lee Pope and the inaugural Larry Salley Photography Awardee Ocean Morisset. Inset photo: Emily & Eugene Grant Arts Patron Awardees Alan and Deborah Simon (photo credit: Margaret Fox)

The Arts Award has been presented since 1976 to recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester, its communities and its citizens.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 11, 2019 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, New York as we salute the recipients of the 2019 Arts Award:

John Shearer ~ Vickie Morris ~ PJS Jazz Society
Pro Bono Partnership ~ Rehabilitation Through the Arts ~ Prof. Maria Luskay

Arts Patron
A person who lives or works in Westchester County and has made a significant contribution to the arts through his/her extraordinary leadership, personal commitment, and philanthropic activities, providing consistent support of the arts without direct financial compensation to advance the arts in Westchester.

An artist who lives or works in Westchester County, and whose achievements in his/her discipline are nationally recognized.  Candidates must have produced a significant body of work that demonstrates a unique and compelling vision that has had an impact on the cultural world and on the general public.

Arts Organization
A Westchester County non-profit arts organization that has made important contributions to the growth of Westchester’s cultural life over a significant period of time and has had an impact beyond its immediate community.

An artist, individual group organization or agency that has demonstrated extraordinary vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life, increase access to cultural experiences, or to enrich the county’s cultural heritage.  Candidates have a long-standing involvement in the arts rather than involvement in a one-time initiative.

An artist, individual, group, school district, or organization who, through extraordinary vision and leadership, has enriched education in Westchester. Generally, honorees demonstrate a significant level of accomplishment over and above the standards of excellence in their profession.

Larry Salley Photography Award
For Westchester-based photographers, with a significant body of work of outstanding artistic merit. All award nominees will be reviewed and selected by a panel consisting of ArtsWestchester’s Arts Committee, the African American Men of Westchester, and the family of Larry Salley.