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ArtsWestchester Voices for Change


ArtsWestchester announces Voices for Change, a unique artist grant opportunity designed to promote social awareness through the arts. A central principle of our Grant program is the advancement of inclusiveness, equity, and accessibility in our community; we believe that art has the power to illuminate complex issues, encourage civic discourse and open the community to new ways of thinking. Voices for Change provides the creative community with an opportunity to develop and present new work that inspires and informs, and may be a catalyst for action. Different funding levels will be available and competitive projects will identify an organizational partner to work with.

Artists and artist collectives working in the Mid-Hudson Valley region are invited to submit proposals. Applicants will submit projects that include a collaborative component with a cultural, service, or community-based organization. ArtsWestchester will award multiple grants in $5,000 and $10,000 increments through a competitive selection process. The winning projects will be selected by a panel whose members will have broad knowledge about the arts, cultural equity, and contemporary concerns followed by a review by our Social Justice Committee and then the Board of ArtsWestchester.

The grant program seeks to support artists in creating new work through authentic community engagement that can lead to impact/change. Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop projects in collaboration with a Voices for Change Partner organization. Scoring priority will be given to projects that can clearly articulate a thoughtful partnership with a community organization.

Funded Voices for Change projects must be completed and ready to present to the general public by the end of 2023.

Please review all details in this document before making your submission.
RFP DEADLINE:  Artist proposals must be submitted online via the link provided by October 14, 2022, 11:59PM, E.S.T.
PROJECT BUDGET:  The $5,000 or $10,000 grant will cover all services from final design through fabrication, including artist fee, fabrication, planning, project execution, and insurance.

PROJECT TIMELINE: Project and expenses must be completed in the 2023 calendar year. 


OPPORTUNITY WEBSITE: artsw.org/voices-for-change

GUIDELINES
ArtsWestchester’s Voices for Change grant program supports the creation and presentation of new work by Mid-Hudson Valley Region individual artists and artist collectives. We seek proposals that reflect a broad range of creative voices and art forms, ranging from an expression of ethnic/folk traditions to contemporary and experimental forms.

Voices for Change seeks to support visionary work that encourages deep thinking about complex societal issues. Projects must reflect significant understanding and analysis of the topic presented. Proposals should consider what communities are affected by these issues and how they play a role in the project itself. Applicants will submit projects that include a collaboration with a cultural, service or community-based organization; ArtsWestchester will provide a database of interested organizations that can be found at Artswestchester.org.

Projects may address, but are not limited to, the following categories:

· Civil Rights

· Criminal Justice

· Cultural Equity

· The Constitution

· Social Change

· Social Justice

· Public Health

· Climate Activism

· Human Rights

· Barriers to Participation in Civic Life

· Food Insecurity

· Housing Insecurity

ELIGIBILITY:

This opportunity is open to individual artists and artist collectives who live or maintain a studio/creative work space in the Mid-Hudson Valley region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties. We encourage projects from a wide range of artistic disciplines. All proposals must come with a letter of support from a non-profit institution

Artists who have previously received funding through one of ArtsWestchester’s grant programs are eligible to apply, but must submit a new and not previously-funded project.

Ineligible Projects:

Voices for Change grants do not support the following projects:

· Advocacy for or against political candidates or legislation

· Fundraising events

· General operating support

· Staff position

Presentation Requirements:
The presentation format of new work may include, but is not limited to:

  •  Exhibitions
  •  Festivals (virtual or in person)
  • Film/Video screenings
  • Performances
  • Public Art

SELECTION PROCESS:

The initial review for eligibility and application completeness will be conducted by ArtsWestchester staff. Eligible applications will enter a two-stage panel review process. Round One Panelists will be diverse, with broad knowledge of the arts, cultural equity, and contemporary concerns, and have experience that aligns with the purpose of this grant. Round One Panelists will identify finalists who will have the opportunity to present their proposals to the Social Justice Committee. The Committee will recommend grant recipients, to be voted on by the full Board of ArtsWestchester, which makes the final decision on all grants.

PROJECT CONTACTS:

All questions about this opportunity should be directed to ArtsWestchester.

Adam Chau

Exhibitions Manager, ArtsWestchester

achau@artswestchester.org

Deadline: On-going

ArtsAmbassadors are community volunteers who value the arts and understand the role the arts play in improving education, enriching lives, and building communities. Beyond the specific activities they undertake, the volunteers are truly ambassadors for ArtsWestchester, helping the general public better understand what ArtsWestchester does and its impact in the county.

Qualifications

· Interest in the arts

· Enthusiasm

· Ability to travel to assigned sites

· Ability to collect, organize and report documents on-line

· Proficient with Word

· Willing to attend Ambassador’s meetings (1x per month)

· Ability to commit reliably to an agreed upon schedule for volunteering

Personal benefits:

· Meeting like-minded people who enjoy the Arts

· Access to lectures, special tours, educational programs, and previews of special exhibitions as part of your volunteer service

· Expanding personal skills in communication and evaluating arts experiences

· Insider knowledge about ArtWestchester’s history, operations, and gallery

· Year-end volunteer appreciation event




We believe that artists and creatives are at the heart of Westchester’s cultural community. Their work sustains creative projects and fuels our cities and towns with vibrancy. We know that with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and implementation of the social restriction measures to contain the spread of the virus, artists in all disciplines have lost critical opportunities to earn income and support their well-being. With this in mind, ArtsWestchester has issued a call to action, seeking donations from our community towards an Artist Relief fund. While we cannot forecast the total amount available through the fund, we will continue collecting donations indefinitely and distributing grants to artists as contributions come in. The number of artists we can support is directly dependent on how much funding is raised. Artists can help this effort by sharing the GoFundMe campaign on their social platforms. 

For link to GoFundMe page CLICK HERE.

ArtsWestchester will award grants of $500 to individual Westchester artists who have suffered a loss of work due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Applications will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2020, on a rolling basis. Submissions will be reviewed by ArtsWestchester Staff and the Grants Committee of ArtsWestchester’s Board of Directors. 

For questions, email ArtistReliefFund@artswestchester.org. No calls please. 

Eligibility:

These funds are available for individual professional artists who live or maintain a studio in Westchester County, New York. Artists must be at least 18 years old and be able to demonstrate a realized loss or anticipated loss of income due to COVID-19. Applicants will be required to submit a completed W9 (CLICK HERE).

ArtsWestchester teaching artists, past or current grantees, and artists who have received public art commissions through ArtsWestchester are all eligible to apply. 

Artists will be required to supply proof or residence, or proof of studio space in Westchester, New York along with a W9. 

Artist Relief Fund awards are a one-time grant. Artists who receive a grant through this program may not apply for additional funding in this category. If more funds are made available, ArtsWestchester may reopen the application to past awardees. 

2022-2023 YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30th, 2022


ArtsWestchester is seeking qualified youth to join its Young Adult Leadership Council, a career and college readiness program for youth 16-22 years old. Participants typically meet twice monthly in-person to attend artist-led workshops that facilitate a range of communication skills and provide opportunities to experience, evaluate, and inform ArtsWestchester's Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays program. Additional monthly virtual meetings promote engagement, continuity, and collaboration.


Timeframe: October 2022 through May 2023

Location: ArtsWestchester, located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY


Program benefits:

• Engage in workshops facilitated by professional artists and art administrators.

• Increase skills in public speaking, writing, presenting, workshop design, etc.

• Develop a network of like-minded teens from diverse backgrounds.

• Learn about a wide range of arts related careers.

• Receive a $500 stipend for transportation costs.


Program Requirements:

Attend all of the below meeting dates (virtual meetings or meetings for a certain council are specified):

  • *October 19
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30
  • *December 7 (ZOOM)
  • *December 14 (Junior Council- High School Students Only)
  • January  11
  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 1
  • **Week of March 15th or 20th** (One day visit to ArtsWestchester Affiliate)
  • March 29
  • April 12
  • *April 26 (Senior Council- College Students Only)
  • May 3


Qualifications:

· An interest in the arts or a creative industry

· Willingness to create, explore and collaborate

· Curiosity and commitment to personal growth

· Good verbal and written communication skills


Additional time commitments require attendance at a Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays workshop in January or February. (These workshops are scheduled weekly on a Tuesday or Thursday so you have the ability to choose a date that aligns with your schedule.)


The Young Adult Leadership Program is an ArtsWestchester initiative made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Wells Fargo, ConEdison and Key Bank

TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER APPLICATION

Spring Deadline: MARCH 31st at 5:00 PM

Fall Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30th at 5:00 PM

OVERVIEW & GUIDELINES

What is a teaching artist roster?

ArtsWestchester administers a Teaching Artist Roster. It is an online resource for schools and community agencies who want to work in collaboration with an artist and conduct an artist residency.

What is an ‘artist residency'?

An artist residency is a highly structured, multi-session workshop that fosters learning in and through the arts. Generally, workshops are sequential, each session building upon the previous ones. Teaching Artists develop and implement residencies in collaboration with educators or, in the case of human service and community agencies, with the site staff. In schools, residencies serve as an instructional tool, helping students to master core curricula content in other subjects as well as addressing the Common Core Standards in the Arts. In day-care centers, after-school programs, mental health facilities, shelters, and other community settings, residencies foster cognitive, developmental, social and individual skills and abilities basic to success in school, in life, and in the workforce.


Who can apply to be included in the Teaching Artist Roster?

Artists of any discipline, over the age of 18, who live or maintain a studio/performance space in the New York Tri-State area.


What criteria must be met?

  • Must be an active professional
  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must have current body of recent work
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with schools and community agencies
  • Must have strong verbal and communication skills
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of curricula and the needs of particular groups, e.g., pre-school, children, seniors, teens, individuals with disabilities, etc. 
  • Must have experience conducting residencies/hands-on workshops.

How does an artist apply for the program?

Complete this Teaching Artist Roster application through ArtsWestchester's Submittable portal.


What is the selection process?

ArtsWestchester secures an independent panel of professionals in the field to review all applications and recommend artists to the Teaching Artist Roster that are qualified to conduct art programs in schools and community sites. In addition to reviewing the application, the panel convenes 5-6 weeks after the deadline for a brief interview with each candidate. Candidates will be informed in advance of their interview date and time.*

What kind of remuneration can an artist anticipate?

It is the responsibility of the artist to negotiate their payment with the school and/or community site. However, based on current industry trends, the Teaching Artist panel recommends the following fee structure:

  • $350 per full day (3 ½ to 5 ½ hours, including set-up and clean-up time)

  • $200 per half day (1 ½ to 3 ½, including set-up and clean-up time)


  • $150 per planning session (1-1 ½ hours)


  • $150 per wrap up session (1-1 ½ hours)



How will an artist know their status?

On behalf of the Teaching Artist panel, ArtsWestchester will inform all candidates their status by letter 5-6 weeks after the interview process.

What happens if an artist is accepted onto the Teaching Artist Roster?

After receiving the welcome letter and attending a recommended new artist orientation, the artist now qualifies to be listed as a Roster Teaching Artist for opportunities to partner with schools and community sites. Please take the necessary steps to get fingerprinted. Many schools and community sites require that an artist has been cleared/fingerprinted by the New York State Education Department in order to conduct on-going programs at their sites. Failure to be fingerprinted can/will result in a lost opportunity to work in a school or community site. Many schools and community agencies administer residency programs in partnership with artists. These entities select the artists through recommendations and other resources, one of which is the Teaching Artist Roster. If selected by a school and/or community agency, artists will have the opportunity to sharpen their teaching skills by conducting educational art programs and supplement their income while continuing their professional growth.

What happens if an artist is not accepted?

If not accepted into the Teaching Artist Roster, the artist may reapply at a later date. Artists may set-up a consultation with an ArtsWestchester Arts-in-Education staff member to discuss the panel’s feedback on their application.

* If there are an insufficient number of applications, the Teaching Artist Roster panel reserves the right to rollover all submissions until the next deadline. All applicants will be notified of any postponements.


If you have any other questions about the teaching artist program or application process, contact Jennifer McIntyre (Program Manager of Arts in Education at ArtsWestchester) by email at jmcintyre@artswestchester.org 

TEACHING ARTIST RENEWAL APPLICATION

Spring Deadline: MARCH 31st at 5:00 PM

Fall Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30th at 5:00 PM

OVERVIEW & GUIDELINES

In order to maintain your status on the ArtsWestchester Teaching Artist Roster, you will need to reapply every fifth year. Please read through the guidelines to ensure that you complete the application correctly. 

 
By what criteria am I evaluated?

  • The artistic merit of your creative work and professional accomplishments
  • Your ability to work collaboratively with schools and community service agencies
  • Your demonstrated communication skills (including the ability to communicate your artistic discipline and related activities in written form in your application).
  • Knowledge and understanding of curricula and the needs of particular groups (ex: preschool-aged children, seniors, teens, persons with disabilities, etc).
  • Your experience conducting residencies and/or hands-on workshops.

After submission, what happens to my application?


ArtsWestchester staff members will review your application to ensure it is complete and adheres to the guidelines. The completed application will then be reviewed by an outside panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators to determine your continued inclusion as a teaching artist. Within 12 weeks of the panel’s review, ArtsWestchester will notify you of your status.


What if I am not accepted?

Participation in the teaching artist program is not static. Some artists choose to take a hiatus; others may need time to update their knowledge and develop new teaching approaches. Acceptance into the program is competitive and depends on the merit of the application materials you provide as well as current needs in the field. ArtsWestchester encourages you to reapply if your status is not renewed. Whether you’re accepted or not by the panel, ArtsWestchester will notify you.


Please contact Jennifer McIntyre at jmcintyre@artswestchester.org with any questions.

ArtsWestchester Internship Opportunities

ArtsWestchester offers internship opportunities in specialized fields. Our interns gain valuable experience that can be used in future careers such as: project management, public relations, professional writing, team collaboration, leadership and responsibility.  ArtsWestchester provides our interns with complimentary admission to arts/cultural events throughout Westchester, where they can help build awareness of the arts.  

Our interns enjoy an experience that is both meaningful and educational through creative projects and working closely with the staff members at ArtsWestchester. In addition to contributing to important tasks in specific departments, interns participate in professional development activities and learn the daily operational functions of a successful non-profit organization.

Please fill out our online application for an internship at ArtsWestchester.  Internships are available to college and high school students. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Internship (September-December) submission deadline is September 1st. 
  • Spring Internship (January-April) submission deadline is March 1st.
  • Summer Internship (July-August) submission deadline is June 1st.


Requirements for ArtsWestchester Internships: 

- Must be currently enrolled in college or be a recent graduate (internships can be used for college credit)

- Minimum of 15 hours between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

- Must attend a mandatory orientation and seven workshop sessions 

- Must have a desire to learn about all aspects of arts administration


Skills neccessary for ArtsWestchester Internships:

- Demonstrated interest in the arts

- Detail-oriented, self-reliant, and a fast learner

- Works well with others and see tasks to completion in a fast paced environment

- Excellent Communication skills (both written and verbal)

- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

- Experience with basic office administration

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COMMUNICATIONS 

Editorial Intern  

Principal duties may comprise of drafting assigned articles, press releases and event descriptions, fact-checking stories, editing content, conducting front-end research for upcoming events and projects, helping with our digital operations (submitting articles online, posting calendar events to news sites), expanding distribution of publication outreach, assist in archival of photos and media clips, and offering general assistance to the Editor/Communications Department.

Additional skills  and experience encouraged: research and fact-checking skills; is web savvy; can tackle several different projects at once; working/understanding of word processing (Photoshop is a plus). This position is part-time

Web Content and Database Intern  

Arts Westchester is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual with knowledge of and experience working with databases to support various departments and web content. This person will primarily work with our IT/Web Manager in maintaining and implementing updates to current web pages, design & develop new web tools.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: be able to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing development environment; helps maintain and troubleshoot existing web applications; creates, maintains, and updates web documents and familiarity with HTML is a plus. 

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PROGRAMS 

Grants & Government Relations Intern 

The Programs Department intern provides administrative support for the Grants and Cultural Programs department of ArtsWestchester. The intern will assist in a number of projects for our affiliate and associate members.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: data entry with training on the use of Microsoft Access; affiliate and associate member relations; exposure to Westchester County and New York State contract agreements; supervised site visits and other areas of arts and public administration. 

Arts in Education Intern  

The Arts in Education intern provides administrative support for the school and community art residency program and works closely with the Arts in Education staff. The intern will assist in all aspects of the teaching artist program, outreach, marketing duties, residency planning, and professional development for artists.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: conducting research; communicating with artists, arts organizations, and cultural sites in Westchester; filing; organizing mass mailings; performing data entry; and assisting with special projects, programs, and events. Position has a flexible schedule with some evening events.

Gallery/Exhibitions Intern    

Assist with day-to-day operations of the ArtsWestchester’s Gallery, a dynamic fine arts space in the heart of downtown White Plains.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to:  experience at front desk reception of exhibition visitors, fielding phone inquiries about exhibitions and performances, exhibition support including basic registrar duties, database management, research, and special event staffing. 

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DEVELOPMENT

Development/Special Events Intern   

This internship offers the opportunity to work with development staff in all matters related to membership, special events, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grant requests, and major gifts. The ideal candidate should has a Moreover, the ideal candidate must be comfortable on the phone.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to: providing assistance to the Development Department; executing mail merges and preparing mass mailings; entering data into The Raiser’s Edge fundraising database; creating and modifying Excel spreadsheets; phone solicitation; assisting with the planning and execution of major fundraising events, including the annual Gala and Silent Auction; and working on special projects as needed. Position has flexible hours, Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening hours required for special fundraising events.

 ArtsWestchester invites artists from Westchester and the broader Hudson Valley/NYC Metro area to submit available artworks for sale or exhibition in our Corporate and Arts for Healing partnerships. ArtsWestchester believes that the arts should be accessible to all people and that artwork enriches any environment – be it classroom, conference room, apartment building or hospital waiting room.

Opportunity Details:

ArtsWestchester seeks original prints, paintings, mixed-media works, photographs, and sculptures of all sizes and media for consideration. Submitted works should be currently available for loan or purchase. 

Typical exhibition periods are 6 months to one year. Artists selected for exhibitions will receive an honorarium. 

Artists selected for either exhibition or sale to health care facilities will be required to present works prepared to hang per the site's specifications.  

By submitting images of your artwork, you agree to have these images included in our proposals to our professional clients. 

Preferred subjects: Landscape, botanical, local topography (Tri-state area), abstraction, colorful imagery, seasonal themes.

Required Materials:

  1. Up to fifteen (15) images of available artworks in a .jpg format (or similar). Name the file the title of the work. As we primarily present artwork to our clients digitally, images should be high resolution.
  2. A corresponding works list including price, title, medium, size, notes on availability etc.
  3. An artist biography/statement
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