The Rye Arts Center Receives Grant from Westchester Community Foundation

The Rye Arts Center was awarded a $20,000 grant from The Westchester Community Foundation. This donation will be used to sustain and grow many of the organization’s outreach programs, including:

Free Arts Day & Maker Day
In addition to sustaining the already popular Maker Day (April 14, 2018), this grant enabled The Rye Arts Center to present its first Free Arts Day in January. Combined, these events provide free and engaging activities for more than 1,000 people throughout the region.

Arts Education for Port Chester Head Start
Since 1981, The Rye Arts Center has partnered with Port Chester Head Start to provide weekly arts education to underserved pre-school children. The grant from WCF will enable the program to keep up with a growing demand, enriching the education of nearly 300 children.

After School Programs
The Rye Arts Center works with the Don Bosco Center in Port Chester and the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich as well as in many public schools throughout the region. This grant will allow these programs to grow.

Girls Who Code
The Rye Arts Center now offers free weekly Girls Who Code classes to provide a supportive environment to help girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.

Free Programming
The Rye Arts Center presents free performances, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the year. This grant helps support these programs to help to make the arts accessible to all.

Meg Rodriguez, Executive Director of The Rye Arts Center says, “While most people know about our classes and exhibitions, few people realize how extensive our outreach programs are. This generous grant will ensure the success and growth of a few of those programs, and extend quality arts education to thousands of children.”

WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’s mission is to connect generous people to the causes they care about and invest in transformative ideas and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community. WCF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets of approximately $2.6 billion.