ArtsWestchester seeks recommendations for the 2021 Arts Awards

Who deserves the spotlight?

Nominations for 2021 Arts Awards are now open!

Each spring, ArtsWestchester recognizes individuals and organizations for their extraordinary impact
on arts and culture in Westchester.

Categories include:
Arts Patron • Artist • Arts Organization • Community • Education 

Deadline: January 31, 2021

For details, or to submit a nomination go to

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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 send an email to [email protected].

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. Applications for the Larry Salley Photography Award will open in January 2021.