Nine Westchester arts organizations were among the recipients of nearly $2 million in capital funding grants announced by Governor Kathy Hochul last week. The funds, which were awarded through New York State Council on the Arts, are intended to support crucial building renovations, accessibility improvements and new spaces for creative work.
The $1.93 million allotment to Westchester groups is part of a record capital project funding announcement totaling $42 million awarded to 144 arts projects across the state.
“We are most grateful to Governor Hochul and New York State Council on the Arts for recognizing the importance of these Westchester cultural destinations and the need to sustain and upgrade them to ensure their longevity within our communities,” says Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester, which received funds toward a capital initiative to enhance its gallery and 9th floor spaces to better accommodate performances.
Also included among the funded projects was a major investment toward wide infrastructure improvements at Lyndhurst Mansion, including refurbishment of all mansion windows and restoration of its iconic veranda.
Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) received a capital grant to replace its 23-year-old HVAC system with a more energy-efficient system. Says MCW Executive Director Jean Newton: “Maintaining our beautiful building in top condition is of paramount importance to provide a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment for our students, faculty and families.”
The full list of Westchester arts organizations that received funding is below:
$342,000 for Capital Equipment Systems
Bethany Arts Community, Inc.
$50,000 for Arts Classroom Renovation
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Inc.
$127,000 for Education Center Exterior Envelope Restoration
Clay Art Center, Inc.
$25,000 for an Automated Gas Kiln
Hoff-Barthelson Music School
$67,000 for Wheelchair Lift and Window Replacement
The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Inc.
$10,000 for Security System Replacement
Music Conservatory of Westchester
$150,000 for HVAC Replacement
National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States
$962,000 Wide Infrastructure Improvements at Lyndhurst Mansion
Pelham Art Center, Inc.
$200,000 Facility-Wide Improvements
For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.