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.

2018 Budget Update
The County Executive has proposed level funding for the arts in FY2018. While this is GOOD NEWS, we are not home free. The County Board of Legislators can cut or add to the proposed budget before voting to approve it. Given the issues surrounding projected revenue sources, we want to make that allocations fort he arts is secure. In fact, we are seeking a modest lift enabling us to increase our efforts to promote our affiliate to Westchester and regional audiences. As always we need your help to succeed. Please join us at the upcoming public hearings on the 2018 budget organized by the Board of Legislators. Numbers do count!

Public Hearings are taking place on:

Tuesday, November 21
Yonkers Riverfront Library
Wednesday, November 29
Mount Kisco Public Library
Wednesday, December 6
Westchester County Office Building

Because space is limited we are requiring that you RSVP your intent to join us at any of these meetings. Please contact Lauren Brady (lbrady@artswestchester.org) or by phone 914.428.4220, ext. 316.

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 on November 20, 2017, the U.S. Senate fully restored the funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $150 million each for FY 2018. In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the appropriations bill that only included $145 million for the NEA and NEH. Now is a critical moment in the process. The U.S. House and U.S. Senate have recommended different funding levels. Congress extended its deadline to December 8th to pass legislation to fund government agencies and programs, including the NEA. At that time, they will need to either pass or further extend that deadline again in order to keep the government running. Current funding ($150 million) is in place until that deadline. Ask your congressional delegation for support of the higher U.S. Senate number as these final negotiations become more urgent. 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  5

Westchester is one of 341 study regions that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report, the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. It documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in 113 cities, 115 counties, 81 multicounty or multicity regions, 20 states, and 12 cultural districts (represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia). To view the complete 36-page study of the nonprofit arts industry click here.

The economic impact of the arts in Westchester has increased by 218% since 1995 to a high of $172.3 million. Click here to view and download current findings.

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


Why do “the Arts Matter?”
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