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ArtsWestchester Awards 35 “Arts Alive” Grants to Fund Cultural Activities Throughout the County

Local Officials Join ArtsWestchester in Presenting the Awards - Mount Vernon Hip-Hop Legends The Money Makin' Mob Among 2018 Awardees

White Plains –  More film festivals, arts workshops, multicultural programs, free concerts and other cultural activities will be made available throughout Westchester County in the coming year. With $63,000 in funds from New York State Council on the Arts, ArtsWestchester, today awarded 35 grants for community-based arts projects to take place this year. These “Arts  Alive” grants support artistic expression and community involvement through the arts – from dance and theater to writing and outdoor festivals – by helping to fund proposals from local artists and organizations.

“These ‘Arts Alive’ grants are truly keeping the arts alive and vital in Westchester County,” said Janet Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester. “We especially thank Westchester’s representatives in the State Senate and Assembly for continuing to support the arts through the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Grants Program and we are thrilled to see the vibrant cultural programs and arts activities that will come to fruition in the coming year thanks to this funding.”

White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, State Assemblymen David Buchwald and Steve Otis, and other notable dignitaries and business leaders joined ArtsWestchester’s Board of Trustees for a private breakfast to present Arts Alive grants to organizations and artists. The breakfast took place at ArtsWestchester, which is located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.

Arts Alive grants are awarded in three categories: Arts Alive Project Grants provide Westchester-based organizations and artists with financial and technical support for projects at a grassroots level; Arts Alive Artist Grants support works that relate to the community in a significant way; and Arts Alive Education Grants provide support for partnerships between individual artists or cultural organizations and Westchester public schools (grades K-12). Some examples of these funded projects include:

  • Money Makin’ Mob (Mount Vernon)– an all-day outdoor hip-hop music and dance festival featuring local musicians, dancers and DJs.
  • YoFi Film Fest Workshops (Yonkers)– Ten Saturday workshops in Yonkers will teach 6th-9th grade students about professional film, television, animation and digital video.
  • Veterans Writing Workshop (Ossining)– writing workshops led by artist David Surface will pair local veterans with Ossining High School students for a “story exchange.”

Arts Alive grantees are chosen through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals. For more info, visit

The following are the 2018 Arts Alive Grant awardees:
Arts Alive Project Grantees:
Arch For Kids (Dobbs Ferry)
Arts and Culture Committee (Greenburgh)
ARTS10566 (Peekskill)
Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church (Tuckahoe/Crestwood)
Black Marble Duo (Peekskill)
Cross Cultural Connection (Peekskill)
Greenburgh Public Library (Greenburgh)
Little Radical Theatrics (Bronxville)
Money Makin’ Mob (Mount Vernon)
Mount Vernon Public Library (Mount Vernon)
Niji No Kai (Valhalla)
Organization of Chinese Americans –
Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter (White Plains)
Operation PROM (New Rochelle)
Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series (Ossining)
Ossining Public Library (Ossining)
Peekskill Arts Alliance (Peekskill)
PJS Jazz Society (Mount Vernon)
Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services (Mount Vernon)
Rebecca Thomas (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow)
Rivertowns Village Green (Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow)
Sidra Bell Dance NY (White Plains)
St. Thomas Orchestra (Mamaroneck)
The Nowodworski Foundation (Purdys)
The Westchester Chordsmen (Rye)
Thomas H. Slater Center (White Plains)
Tribes Hill (Peekskill)
White Plains Public Library (White Plains)
YoFi Fest (Yonkers)
Zafiro Acevedo (Yonkers)

Arts Alive Education Grantees:
Pablo Mayor (Tarrytown) for Sleepy Hollow High School
Veterans Writing Workshop (Ossining) for Ossining High School
Dene Ross (Tuckahoe) for Riverside High School, Yonkers

Arts Alive Artist Grantees:
Dave Steck (Yonkers)
Daniel Willner (Katonah)

Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and administered by ArtsWestchester.

About ArtsWestchester
For over 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.


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