ArtsWestchester to offer grants for artists and community projects

By Aleesia Forni

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ArtsWestchester will offer grant opportunities for artists and nonprofit organizations through its 2017 Arts Alive Grants. These grants are designed to support community-based artists and emerging arts organizations.

A panel of artists and business, civic and cultural leaders will review the applications and make award recommendations to ArtsWestchester’s board of trustees. Funds are available in two categories:

  • Arts Alive Project Grants provide financial support for a range of projects that demonstrate a strong community benefit.
  • Arts Alive Artist Grants provide direct support to artists to create new work related to the community.

The grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 4.

“At the core of ArtsWestchester’s mission is making arts accessible to people of all communities, backgrounds, income brackets and age ranges throughout Westchester County. Arts Alive Grants make this possible and engage people who may not have the opportunity to participate in the arts,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam.

Projects supported in 2016 included student writing workshops, affordable live jazz concerts, free ethnic arts festivals, a series of clay sculptures and a staged reading at Paramount Hudson Valley.

ArtsWestchester has scheduled pre-application workshops throughout Westchester to assist potential applicants with the process.

For guidelines, pre-application workshop schedules or to download an Arts Alive application, visit:


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Aleesia Forni
Aleesia Forni covers transportation, tourism, nonprofits and residential real estate for the Westchester County Business Journal. She previously worked as a financial reporter for the online newsletter Prospect News. She started with the Westchester County Business Journal in April 2016.

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