Two local artists have been awarded grant money from ArtsWestchester for their work on Port Chester-based projects.
White Plains artist Shayok Mukhopadhyay was awarded a $2,500 Arts Alive grant for his work focused on the “sense of achievement Port Chester’s Hispanic community manifests in its economic activity.”
Mukhopadhyay photographed immigrant life in Port Chester in an attempt to make outsiders aware of it and grow the Hispanic community’s pride. Read the project description below.
Christine Dehne, of Port Chester, was awarded a grant for her "Under the Tree" project- "the creation of a video installation and incorporation of a theatrical performance in order to transform the Miranda Arts Project Space into a place where time and space shift and the unexpected lies under every leaf." THe Miranda Arts Project Space is a gallery located at 6 North Pearl Street in Port Chester.
Mukhopadhyay and Dehne were presented with their awards during a breakfast on Feb. 15.
The Arts Alive grants were made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from the Decentralization Program of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
Most of the 35 grants were given to specific projects or organizations. Mukhopadhyay was one of three individual artists to receive grants. Mukhopadhyay and the other two artists had to demonstrate artistic merit and propose projects that relate to the community in a significant way. The other artists to receive the grants were John Ricci of Mamaroneck and David Licata of White plains.
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You can read more about the Arts Alive grants here.
Shayok Mukhopadhyay's "Port Chester Works"
The artist’s project “Port Chester Works” strives to take the sense of achievement Port Chester’s Hispanic community manifests in its economic activity, and give it a permanent form in photographs. This artwork feeds back into the community’s pride and makes those outside aware of it, engaging the rest of the population with the internal economic life of Port Chester’s immigrant labor force.
Christine Dehne's "Under the Tree"
Creation of a video installation and incorporation of a theatrical performance in order to transform the Miranda Arts Project Space into a place where time and space shift and the unexpected lies under every leaf.