Arts Alive Grants Support White Plains Artists, Groups

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David Licita of White Plains will design and install six glass orchids along the walking path at Cranberry Lake Preserve in the fall 2013. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
The LOFT, an LGBT community service center in White Plains, is using photo studies, essays and video to educate the public on the transgender community through its New T Project. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
The Big Apple Playback Theatre shared community members' and law enforcement's perceptions of one another through theatrical interpretations as part of the Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute's 14th annual conference in White Plains. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
Shayok Mukhopadhyay presents the internal economic life of Port Chester’s immigrant labor force through photographs. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
The Thomas H. Slater Center's “And Still We Rise” hip-hop history concert shows how early genres of African-American music inspired today’s hip-hop music. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
The Fort Hill Players theater group organizes free Summer Theater in the Parks, which engages children in storytelling performances. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
The Organization of Chinese Americans coordinates the Asian American Heritage Festival, which represents many Asian nationalities and brings the richness of Asian culture to Westchester. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester
The Westchester Glee Chorus is a youth choir, which presents a final concert at the end of a 15-week rehearsal period. Students help choose performance songs and learn musicianship and performance skills. Photo Credit: ArtsWestchester

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – ArtsWestchester is awarding $41,000 in Arts Alive grants to 35 local arts organizations, eight of which are based in White Plains.

The grants are funded by the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts. It is administered by ArtsWestchester, also based in White Plains.

“These programs make the arts easily accessible to hundreds of people by bringing neighbors together for a common experience,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said in a statement. “The grants truly help foster a sense of community.”

One of the eight White Plains grantees is The LOFT, a community service center for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and the transgendered. It created a multimedia project, The New T Project, designed to educate the public on the transgender community and shine a light on the transgendered people of Westchester through photo studies, essays and video.

“We’re honored and delighted to once again receive funding from ArtsWestchester to expand our previously funded T Proejct,” David Juhren, executive director of The LOFT, said in a statement. “We also appreciate ArtsWestchester’s inclusion of the LGBT community, and the support it gives those within our community, which includes local artists.”

Another grantee, the Westchester Glee Chorus, received a $1,000, which its director, Norine Castine, hopes will solidify it as an institution in White Plains.

The six other grantees are:

  • Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of the Other: Police and Youth in Our Communities. The Big Apple Playback Theatre shared community members' and law enforcement's perceptions of one another through theatrical interpretations as part of the Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute's 14th annual conference in White Plains on Feb. 2.
  • White Plains artist Shayok Mukhopadhyay, who strives to present the internal economic life of Port Chester’s immigrant labor force through photographs.
  • David Licata of White Plains, who will design and install six glass orchids along the walking path at Cranberry Lake Preserve in the fall. The project is called “The Ladyslipper Orchids of Cranberry Lake.”
  • The Thomas H. Slater Center. The center's “And Still We Rise” hip-hop history concert shows how early genres of African-American music inspired today’s hip-hop music.
  • The Fort Hill Players, which organizes free Summer Theater in the Parks to engage children in storytelling performances.
  • The Organization of Chinese Americans, which coordinates the Asian American Heritage Festival, representing many Asian nationalities and bringing the richness of Asian culture to Westchester.
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