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

FY 2018 Update. Despite the challenges of delivering a balanced budget for FY 2018, Westchester County allocated funding at the same level as in 2017.  These funds enable ArtsWestchester to support arts and cultural activity throughout the county through a competitive grant program, to provide county residents and visitors with information about cultural activities available in Westchester; and to provide arts education opportunities throughout the county.

What you can do:

  • The County Executive releases a proposed budget in November, followed by a series of public hearings conducted by the Board of Legislators who can amend the proposed budget. If you are on our email list, we will send you information about how to participate. If you are not yet on our email list, click here to enroll.
  • 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.

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 an increase in the allocation of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for 2018-19:

  • $10 million in capital funds for cultural facility improvements
  • $12.4 million in aid to localities – the source of NYSCA’s grant funds

What you can do:

Write to your State legislators, uring them to support an increase in NUSCA’s budget for FY 2018-19.

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!