Be a panelist

ArtsWestchester Panel Process

ArtsWestchester convenes panels to review grant applications in a variety of categories. Panels consist of a diverse group of professionals with specific expertise. Panelists review applications and prepare recommendations for the appropriate committee of ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees. The committee prepares recommendations for the Board, which has fiduciary responsibility.  Staff members are present at the panel meetings, but do not participate in the deliberations.

Panel Duties

Panelists will receive copies of the applications and related materials for funding, along with the guidelines, prior to the panel meeting. When the panel convenes, staff provides an overview of the funding category and criteria, as well as background about ArtsWestchester and Westchester County.  At the meeting, the panel discusses each application in detail according to the criteria articulated in the guidelines. We require panelists to sign a conflict of interest statement and to recuse themselves from discussions concerning any application where there is a potential conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Panelist Nomination

ArtsWestchester maintains a bank of potential panelists, and invites county residents, as well as colleagues in the field, to recommend panelists.

For more information please contact, Joanne Mongelli at

ArtsWestchester is committed to maintaining a balance of geographic, ethnic, and cultural diversity in its commitment to high standards of integrity and impartiality in its decision-making process. While every panelist nomination is considered, ArtsWestchester is not able to appoint every qualified nominee to a panel.