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ArtsWestchester’s Call to Poets For the role of Westchester County Poet Laureate 

As the designated arts agency of Westchester County, ArtsWestchester will undertake the role of organizing the Westchester County Poet Laureate program by establishing a selection process with an advisory committee, securing the County’s approval and administering the grant. It is ArtsWestchester’s mission to provide leadership, vision and support to ensure the availability, accessibility and diversity of the arts in Westchester County. The Westchester County Poet Laureate program will help to fulfill this mission. 

The following is a Request for Proposals for poets to serve as the County’s poet laureate. The laureate will encourage the community to engage with poetry by creating and leading activities that inspire writing and performances of poetry among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions. 

Eligibility 

The poet laureate must:

  • Be a resident of Westchester County, NY for at least 2 years
  • Demonstrate a commitment to poetry writing, spoken word performance, and community involvement and outreach
  • Have past work that is of high artistic quality (demonstrated by journal publications, chapbooks, books, audio or video)
  • Have the ability to engage the public
  • Be at least 25 years of age at time of application
  • Be able to serve the full two-year term as laureate and maintain residency in Westchester County throughout the term

Honorarium

The laureate will receive a stipend of $2,500 for the two-year term. The honorarium will be distributed annually in two payments of $1250. There will be an additional $500 allotted for program costs.  

Length of Term

The laureate will be appointed to serve a two-year (24 month) term. The expected term will be from January 2021 to December 2022. 

Duties and Requirements of the Poet Laureate

The laureate is expected to provide a minimum of two readings and three community events each year, but is of course free to do more. ArtsWestchester will provide logistical support for organizing and publicizing the events as well as assist the laureate to work with cultural organizations, business owners and other agencies.

  • A minimum of two Public Readings Each Year: The laureate will give a public reading of their work during each year of their tenure. The laureate will also present an original poem during each year of their tenure at a County event, such as the 9/11 Memorial ceremony.
  • Three Community Events Each Year: The laureate will provide opportunities for community members to write and/or share their own poems.

We are looking for a laureate who can creatively use their individual talents and strengths to elevate the stature of poetry in the community for all Westchester residents.

The laureate will develop and lead their own activities, but possible events could include writing workshops or readings at schools (pending District approval) or community centers. Preferably the Poet Laureate would engage the public through a project-based activity that the Laureate candidate proposes and enacts. The Laureate would be encouraged to work with Westchester’s Youth Poet Laureate. Ultimately the Laureate should be an ambassador for poetry by spreading the “word”. At the end of each year, ArtsWestchester would like to see a self-evaluation/report of the Laureate’s term.

Selection Process

A selection panel will make a recommendation to the County based on the applications and interviews. The selection of the poet laureate will be made by the County. The selection panel will evaluate the candidate’s submissions and make its recommendation based on the proposal submission materials and interviews with short-listed applicants. If necessary, a more detailed proposal may be requested from the candidates. The panel may include professional poets, County representatives, ArtsWestchester Staff or Board.

Selection criteria include:

  • Literary and artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted poetry
  • Proven ability to undertake successful creative, innovative, and effective approaches in comparable projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively with groups of different ages and backgrounds
  • Experience with speaking in public venues
  • Ability to understand a locale’s sense of place and inspire its residents in written and personal expression
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to community outreach
  • Conformance with ArtsWestchester’s guidelines for public art including but not limited to quality, nature of work, originality, and diversity

This form is for individuals or companies interested in leasing studio or office space at ArtsWestchester's building. The building is located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains NY. 

Our rental spaces are exclusive for individual artists, groups of artists, and arts-related businesses. These spaces are lockable with fully-function heating and air conditioning, bright natural lighting, and attentive building staff.

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. 

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 deadline for the The Summer 2019 is Sunday, May 19.


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.

You have selected the final report for Westchester County Arts Alive. 

If you were funded in the Rockland County Arts Alive category, please return to the main dashboard and select "Final Report Arts Alive 2019 - ROCKLAND COUNTY". 

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Please complete a final report for your funded Arts Alive 2019 project. Please be as specific/detailed as possible as future programs staff will use these reports to reference your past projects. 

Final Reports are due 30 days after the completion of the project or December 31, 2019, whichever comes first. Consideration for future funding depends upon completion of this form. 

Contract period: January 1, 2019 - December, 31, 2019

If you were funded for more than one project, please complete a separate form for each funded project. 

You have selected the final report for Rockland County Arts Alive. 


If you were funded in the Westchester County Arts Alive category, please return to the main dashboard and select "Final Report Arts Alive 2019 - WESTCHESTER COUNTY".
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Please complete a final report for your funded Arts Alive 2019 project. Please be as specific/detailed as possible as future programs staff will use these reports to reference your past projects. 

Final Reports are due 30 days after the completion of the project or December 31, 2019, whichever comes first. Consideration for future funding depends upon completion of this form. 


Contract period: January 1, 2019 - December, 31, 2019
If you were funded for more than one project, please complete a separate form for each funded project. 

 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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