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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.”

ACTION ALERT – Restart the Arts. ArtsWestchester is advocating for a new allocation for the arts and culture sector for 2021-22.

The pandemic has impacted all sectors, and as we slowly work towards recovery the arts and culture sector will need to rebuild is staff and resources in order to welcome back audiences safely.  ArtsWestchester has asked for funding for the “Restart the Arts” initiative, a new funding opportunity for cultural groups to apply for funding to help them rebuild and reopen.

“ReStart the Arts” is a $1 million initiative to support a new funding opportunity administered by ArtsWestchester to provide much-needed support to organizations in Westchester and Rockland as they work towards reopening.  See the links below to contact your elected officials today and show your support for ReStart the Arts

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.

Westchester County – Thank You for Your Support for the 2021 Budget!

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.  In December 2020, Westchester County Executive George Latimer approved the 2021 Executive budget with preserved funding for ArtsWestchester, including a modest 2% budget increase for the nonprofit sector.

We encourage you to keep in contact with your legislator now to let them 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.

Please email [email protected] with questions on how you can show your support.


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.