MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- ArtsWestchester was joined by New York State and Westchester County elected officials on Friday, Feb. 3, for a ceremony to present $55,440 in Arts Alive grants to 29 local arts projects throughout Westchester County, including those in Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Public Library and PJS Jazz Society.
Arts Alive 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 Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, according to a release.
ArtsWestchester administers these grants to support community-based cultural activities throughout the county, as well as the creation of new work by Westchester artists.
Arts Alive grants are awarded in three categories: Arts Alive Project Grants, which provide Westchester-based organizations and artists with financial and technical support for projects at the grassroots level; and Arts Alive Artist Grants, which support works that relate to the community in a significant way, and an Arts-in-Education Grant category, the release said.
The grants are chosen through a competitive process that includes a panel of community members and arts professionals.