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 Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for a virtual celebration saluting the recipients of the 2020 Arts Award:

Pablo Mayor ~ The Romita Family of Pelham~ Blue Door Art Center
Ossining Public Library ~ Arnold Kastenbaum 
~ A-Chord with Kids
The City of New Rochelle


For sponsorhsip information, tickets and more about the Arts Award Luncheon, click here.

What are the Arts Award and who is eligible?

Each spring, ArtsWestchester recognizes individuals and organizations for their extraordinary impact on arts and culture. It is never too early to consider who you would like ArtsWestchester to consider for the 2021 Arts Award. Below are the criteria for nominations. If you are interested in learning more about the application, please contact Sue Abbott or Lauren Brady at (914) 428-4220.

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.

Artist
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.

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.

Education
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.