Grants & Services

Community Arts Grants
Administered with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program. Grants are awarded annually to non-profit arts organizations and artists sponsored by eligible organizations. This program provides funding for quality arts projects that are available to the entire Rockland Community with an emphasis on reaching under-served populations.

Grants from the Arts Council have supported a vibrant array of cultural programs in public venues
In 2013 funded projects included: STEP TO THE BEAT, a town-wide day of community dance and music organized by Heather Cornell and Anna de la Paz; a photo Exhibition: HALF-DRAG: A Different Kind of Beauty; STEELBAND INNOVATIONS from the Jamaican Civic Cultural Association; a dance EXTRAVAGANZA from Chiku Awali African Dance; BHARATHANATYAM traditional Indian Dance, and much more.

Arts Education Grants
Administered with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Grants are awarded for in-school projects resulting from the collaboration of teaching artists and in-school faculty. Projects integrate arts with other curricular areas.

Individual Artist Grants
Administered with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program.Grants of $2,500 each are awarded to artists to create new work with the community involved in the creative process.

Artist Registry
The Artist Registry assists in marketing the work of member artists and is available as (1) a listing on the ACOR web site and 2) through a computerized database that provides referrals to individuals/organizations seeking artistic services. In order to participate in this program the artist must be a current ACOR member.

County Executive Arts Awards
Annual celebration of the arts in Rockland and those who create it. These awards honor individual artists, arts organizations, art teachers and supporters of the arts.

Professional Development Workshops
On-going series of workshops providing techniques and strategies to address issues faced by artists and arts organizations. Workshops have focused on topics such as marketing, grant writing, photographing artwork, audience development, e-mail marketing legal issues, computer classes and more.

Technical Assistance
The Arts Council provides referrals for artists and arts organizations as well as advice, advocacy and assistance with grant writing, legal issues, marketing, issues of accessibility, availability of space for artistic programs, exhibit or studio space and other topics on an as-needed basis.

Arts and Culture Day
Produced for members of Leadership Rockland, a class of emerging and current leaders in the Rockland community. This day provides an overview of the artistic resources that are available to the community and the economic impact of the arts in Rockland County.

Arts Happenings
Newspaper published four times a year. Arts Happenings contains a calendar of events, opportunities for artists and arts organizations, articles of interest to the artistic community as well as information about services offered by the Arts Council of Rockland.