WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam jokingly called the April 24 ceremony awarding 32 grants to area artists and organizations a "breakfast of champions." And it was.
That's because the event, held in conjuction with the New York State Council on the Arts, was a "Who's Who" of state and local officials including New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins –Democratic Conference Leader, New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald, New York State Assemblyman Steven Otis, New York State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, Executive Director of NYSCA Lisa Robb, New York State Assemblywoman Sandra Gale, New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, and County Legislators Mary Jane Shimsky and Ben Boykin.
A total of 32 grants were awarded to artists and organizations that support projects throughout the county, including performing and visual arts, community festivals and educational programming. More than $42,000 was given out to support programs in 21 municipalities that incorporate community involvement and/or engagement as the basis of their intent.
Awardees included the following: Artist Grants Cornell Carelock (White Plains) Patrick McNeil (Hastings-on-Hudson) Arts Education Grant Young at Arts (Amani Public Charter School, Mount Vernon) Project Grants Antonia Arts, Inc. (Peekskill) Little Village Playhouse (Pleasantville) Arts and Culture Committee/Town of Greenburgh (Greenburgh) Ballet des Ameriques School and Company, Inc. (Port Chester) Collegium Westchester Inc. (Ossining) Cross-Cultural Connectio (Peekskill) Greenburgh Public Library (Elmsford ) Groundwork Hudson Valley/CETTA (Yonkers) Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Inc. (Yonkers) Hudson Valley Singers (Ardsley) Little Radical Theatrics Inc. (Bronxville) New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence (New Rochelle) Neighborhood House, Inc. (Tarrytown) New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (Hartsdale) Niji No Kai (Valhalla) Nowodworski Foundation (Purdys) O'Bey Foundation, Inc. (Mount Vernon) OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley (White Plains) PJS Jazz Society (Eastchester) Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists (Sleepy Hollow) Songcatchers (New Rochelle) Yonkers Downtown BID (Yonkers) Westchester Children's Museum (Rye) Westchester Collaborative Theater (Ossining) Andrea Elam (Peekskill) Ukrainian Youth Center (Yonkers) Mohegan Colony Association (Crompond) Peekskill Arts Alliance (Peekskill) YOHO Artist Collective (Yonkers)
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