PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- This year’s Arts Alive grants support projects in more than 15 municipalities throughout the county, including Ossining, Port Chester White Plains, Yonkers and an seven groups in Peekskill.
The grants, given through ArtsWestchester, represent artistic expression through various media including the performing arts, multimedia exhibitions and music.
Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester's chief executive officer, explains that “These programs make the arts easily accessible to hundreds of people, by bringing neighbors together for a common experience. The grants truly help foster a sense of community.”
These are the seven Peekskill groups receiving funding:
Antonia Arts, Peekskill – Seniors on the Move: $1,000
“Seniors on the Move” will provide 12 weeks of performing arts workshops, in topics such as acting, singing and dancing, for seniors who are 55 and older, culminating in a theme-based showcase performance at Pilates on the Hudson. The show will then tour to other performance locations, including Drum Hill Senior Living in Peekskill Tarrytown Hall Nursing Home in Tarrytown and Putnam Nursing Home in Holmes.
Antonia Arts, Peekskill – Journey to Oz: $1,000.
Journey to Oz provides a 10-week session of performing arts workshops for students, allowing youth to participate in all aspects of producing a show. Students learn the art of collaboration along with life lessons from various characters in the play, which follows Dorothy’s journey to Oz and the unique friends she meets along the way. The program culminates in a showcase performance at Pilates on the Hudson.
Andrea Elam, Peekskill – Contact!: Improvisation through Dance and Music: $1,000. This program for ages 12-18 explores the concept of jazz improvisation through dance and music. The practice of improvisation teaches participants how to think quickly, be present in the moment, embrace collaboration, and is an empowering catalyst for building confidence
Little Lights Arts, Peekskill – The Grandmother Project: $1,200
This community concert and series of workshops connect girls of Peekskill, ages 11-13, with the rich cultural legacies of early generation jazz vocalists.
Peekskill Arts Alliance – Peekskill Open Studios 2013: $1,000
Open Studios offers artists the chance to show how they work and live, to interact with the public and to share the artistic experience. This two-day event offers a rare opportunity to connect with artists on a personal level, and enjoy unique visual arts as well as theater, dance, music, performance art and spoken word/poetry.
Lana Yu, Peekskill – What Matters: $1,250
Creation of a community-centered mural on a wall or public surface in Peekskill that will serve as the voice of the individuals who live in or visit the area. Regardless of age, background or culture, people will be invited to write a few words about what matters to them, providing a chance to contemplate what they find meaningful in life and thereby giving a voice to those who may not normally have an opportunity to express themselves
Artist Barbara Galazzo in partnership with the Peekskill High School: $1,750
Sixty 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students will create a permanent mosaic installation while exploring the work of Antonio Gaudi and Spanish culture.