ARTSWESTCHESTER

31 Mamaroneck Ave

White Plains, NY 10601

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: PUBLIC SUPPORT MATTERS

As Westchester’s designated agency for arts and culture, ArtsWestchester leads efforts to encourage support for funding, legislation, and policies that strengthen the arts in Westchester. We believe that the arts merit government support-at local, state, and national levels, because the arts enhance the quality of life, serve as an economic engine, foster stable communities; and advance community revitalization.

In Westchester, the nonprofit arts sector generates $172.3 million in economic activity.  For a summary of the most recent report, “Arts and Economic Prosperity in Westchester V.”

Westchester County

Westchester County funds enable ArtsWestchester to support arts and cultural activity throughout the county through  competitive grant programs, provide county residents and visitors with information about cultural activities available in Westchester; and to provide arts education opportunities throughout the county.

We encourage you to keep in contact with your legislator throughout the year, letting him/her know that the arts are important to you, your family and your community. Let them know if you have attended a program made possible with a grant from ArtsWestchester, and that you appreciate their support.

The 2020 Executive County budget has been released with a 3% increase for all not for profits. This would be a lift of $48,450 for ArtsWestchester and we thank the County Executive for this consideration. However, the needs of the cultural community far exceed the current allocation for ArtsWestchester and we turn now to the county legislators for further help, recognizing that the number of organizations in the grants pool continues to grow. On a positive note, the cultural sector generates $13.9 million in local sales tax revenue and supports 5,200 jobs for a total economic impact of $172 million in Westchester County. For the 2020 budget, we ask our county legislators for a strategic increase earmarked for grants and public programs to keep pace with the needs of our affiliates and communities.

County legislators have a short window of time to increase arts funding, and they need to know that this funding is important to you.  The time to act is now, Here is how to make your voices heard:

1.  Email your county legislator directly.  A personal message goes a long way in making the case for the funding.

2. Use the template provided here to send an email to your Legislator through Voter Voice, and share this link with your friends, family, board members and colleagues urging them to do the same.  You don’t have to know the contact info for your legislator. When you enter your home address, the appropriate legislator’s email address will populate.

3.  Show up for the arts in person and attend a budget hearing:

A series of three open hearings will be held in the coming weeks, please gather a group of supporters and join us at any of the following.

    1. Tuesday, November 19, 7:00PM (doors open 6:30)   Doles Recreation Center Theater  250 S. 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY
    2. Tuesday, November 26, 7:00PM (doors open 6:30)     Cortlandt Town Hall  1 Heady Street, Cortlandt, NY
    3. Wednesday, December 4, 7:00PM (doors open 6:30)     Westchester County Board of Legislators Chambers   148 Martine Avenue, 8th floor, White Plains, NY

For more information or to RSVP to attend a session please contact [email protected].  Thank you for your support!

New York State Council on the Arts

We believe New York State—not only New York City—is the art state. New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is the agency responsible for funding arts and culture throughout the state. In Westchester, NYSCA grants to arts and cultural organizations total more than $1 million each year. In addition, NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, which Arts Westchester regrants as Arts Alive awards, ensures that community-based arts activities are available and easily accessible.

Action Alert. ArtsWestchester is a founding member of ArtsNYS, which is advocating for the following increases for the allocation of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for 2019-20:

  • $10 million in capital funds for cultural facility improvements
  • $5 million in aid to localities – the source of NYSCA’s grant funds

What you can do:

Write to your State legislators, urging them to support an increase in NYSCA’s budget for FY 2019-20.

National

Did you know that the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget calls for the termination of our nation’s cultural grant-making agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)?

What you can do:

Help us make the case in support of federal investment in the arts. You did in 2017 and helped #SaveTheNEA. We need you again! Please consider sending a #SaveTheNEA message to your congressional delegation.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE CONVERSATION TO KEEP THE ARTS THRIVING IN WESTCHESTER!