Arts award 2024

Nominations Now Being Accepted



Who deserves the spotlight?

Nominations for 2024 Arts Awards are now open!

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

Categories include:
Arts Patron • Artist • Arts Organization • Community • Education  • Larry Salley Award • Advancing Equity Award

Larry Salley Photography Award: January 16, 2024
Arts Award Nominations: January 25, 2024
Advancing Equity Awards: January 31, 2024

Nomination forms are available at

DATE: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
LOCATION: Brae Burn Country Club, Purchase, NY
Sponsorship and ticket information available here.

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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.

Advancing Equity Award
Recognizes both a non-profit cultural organization and an artist that demonstrate exemplary leadership in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) through and in the arts. Organizations may be nominated for specific programs or initiatives, or for broader service and mission. The award comes with cash grants to support the recipients in their ongoing work.