Speak Up for the Arts

Arts Advocacy Update:

Did you know that the Westchester County government supports the arts by helping to fund grants and marketing support to ArtsWestchester for more than 100 arts organizations?  ArtsWestchester is also the re-grant agency for New York State Council on the Arts.  See a list of current grantees here.

ArtsWestchester encourages everyone to use the #theartsmatter hashtag on social media to share information about the value of the arts. Help us spread the word about talented Westchester artists and arts organizations. Share news and photos from arts events you attend by using #theartsmatter and tagging @artswestchester.

Throughout the year, please let your State and County legislators know that you value the arts groups that are in their districts. Their contact information is listed here:




Did you know that although there is a bipartisan agreement to fund the NEA and NEH until September 30, 2017, ongoing appropriations are still very uncertain? Therefore the national arts community continues to get the word out through the #SaveTheNEA campaign and we ask you to join the effort.  Please consider sending a #SaveTheNEA message to your Congressional delegation. Links to members of Congress follow below:




Thank you for your support of the arts and for making your voice heard.


Arts & Economic Prosperity IV

Westchester County is one of 182 study regions that participated in Arts & Economic Prosperity IV (2010), the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. It documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in 139 cities and counties, 31 multicity or multi-county regions, 10 states, and two individual arts districts—representing all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. To view the complete 32-page study of the nonprofit arts industry, click
The Arts & Economic Prosperity Report.

The economic impact of the arts in Westchester has increased by 189% since 1995 to a high of $156.44 million. To view and download the 2011 four-page comparative summary, click here.

For a free copy of the Creative Industries report created by Americans for the Arts, click here.


Why do “the Arts Matter?”
Check out our PSA Campaign to learn more.