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Mount Vernon Artists Receive $55K In Grant Monies

From left, Arts Alive artist grantee Teddy Poneman; Karen Leahy, representing Arts Alive grantee Mount Vernon Public Library; George Gierer, representing Arts Alive grantee Tribes Hill. Photo Credit: Margaret Fox
From left, New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins; John Brathwaite (representing Arts Alive grantee PJS Jazz Society); Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran; New York State Assemblywoman, The Honorable Sandy Galef. Photo Credit: Margaret Fox

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.

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