Community Artist Residencies

Early Childhood. Thousands of Westchester children from families with limited resources often enter kindergarten with a learning gap that grows wider over time. Artist residencies provide preschool children with exposure to music, dance, and visual arts to help them master important kindergarten-readiness skills.

Adolescents and Teens.
For many adolescents the opportunity to work side-by-side with an artist on a creative project is a defining moment, enabling them to view the world, and their place in it, differently. Through partnerships with after-school initiatives, community groups, and government agencies, ArtsWestchester provides teens with creative, productive outlets.

Adults in Transition. Through ArtsWestchester’s outreach and advocacy efforts, human service agencies—shelters for homeless people, mental health facilities, job training programs, drug and violence prevention programs, adult homes and senior programs—are becoming increasingly aware of how important the arts are to the health and well being of their clients.

Seniors. No one feels the loss of community more than our senior citizens. Artist Residencies in senior centers encourage seniors to get together, enjoy new experiences and share their stories.

Additionally, we have partnered with human service agencies to develop proposals seeking support in specific areas such as teen pregnancy prevention, drug prevention, parenting skills, team building and conflict resolution. Whether you are interested in a short-term artist residency or a long-term project, ArtsWestchester is ready to partner with you to harness the power of the arts to achieve your human services goals.


IMG_0696This series of digital resource books is designed to help educators and other professionals integrate the arts into many different areas of learning, reaching children and adults in new and effective ways.

The Artist Residencies Handbook. This practical how-to resource is your one-stop guide to creating and implementing an effective artist residency program. Download the pdf.

Teaching Artists Directory. Learn about our group of over 80 professional teaching artists who have passed our rigorous panel process and are ready to work with you. The list includes artists in the fields of visual, literary and performing arts. Each artist has a proven track record of artistic achievement, along with the training and skills needed to bring learning to life through the arts in your classroom or human service sites. Browse the list online in our Teaching Artist Directory.

Cultural Organizations Directory. From field trip ideas to in-school programs, this comprehensive resource lists the many unique arts education opportunities available to school groups in Westchester County. Browse online in our Affiliate Directory.


Learn more about
Case Studies: Artist Residencies at Community Sites
Our Artist Residency Program for Schools
ArtsWestchester Teaching Artists

If you are looking for information about arts events in your community, please visit our Cultural Calendar.

Interested in becoming a teaching artist? Please visit out Teaching Artist FAQ page.