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.”
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.