New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Contact: Ronni Reich
December 23, 2019
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS ANNOUNCES $7.1M IN REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL INITIATIVE SUPPORT DRIVING ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE GROWTH
NYSCA Awards $4.2M To Support Cultural Sector Employment, Including Fellowships Building Workforce Equity
NYSCA Awards $2.1M To Support Capital Projects Driving Tourism and Revitalization
NYSCA Awards New $100,000 Arts Impact Awards Celebrating Iconic NYS Public Art Events as Proven Drivers of Economy and Vibrancy
New York, NY—The New York State Council on the Arts today announced $7,110,000 to 160 projects in Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative support for programs driving economic and workforce development statewide. NYSCA REDC awards capitalize on opportunities within New York State’s robust cultural sector and reach all 10 regions across the state.
Governor Cuomo’s REDC initiative is a ground up strategy focused on delivering economic development regionally through ten state agencies. NYSCA REDC grants recognize the critical role the arts and culture sector plays in fueling tourism, community revitalization, and job creation through workforce investment, capital projects and large-scale public art events.
“NYSCA’s REDC awards build on the strength of our state’s cultural sector as a critical driver of economic and individual health,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, New York State Council on the Arts.
“For 2020, NYSCA expanded workforce investment and development support in response to demand from the field; created a substantial grant opportunity to build on signature public art events; and awarded capital funding for critical improvements to the sustainability and accessibility of our arts organizations.”
Mid-Size Capital Awards
NYSCA’s Mid-Size Capital Awards will provide a total of $2.11M to 18 projects that advance REDC priorities of placemaking and downtown revitalization. This includes projects such as the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s restoration of the Seneca Knitting Mill to be home to a national tourism destination in the Finger Lakes, and Pendragon Theatre’s transformation of a former paint store in Saranac Lake into a state-of-the-art theatre expected to generate $2 million in its first two years. The theater will be a core component of the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative Strategic Investment Plan.
Workforce Investment and Development
NYSCA has expanded its Workforce Investment and Development grantmaking to a total of $4.2 million – nearly a $1 million increase from FY2019 – for the creation or expansion of more than 130 jobs and workforce training programs.
Grant opportunities include:
For the first time this year, workforce funding is being offered as a two-year opportunity; current and former grantees can renew support for an additional year, and former workforce readiness grantees are now eligible for workforce investment grants.
New York State Arts Impact Awards
New for 2020, NYSCA will launch the first Arts Impact Awards, providing a total of $800,000 in $100,000 awards to 8 large-scale festivals and public art projects with proven track records of success as local and regional economic drivers. Award recipients include the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, the largest Halloween event in the tristate area, which will expand to a new location in Bethpage; and the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Trailblaze NY, a successor to Water Music 2017, which drew 23,000 audience members to canal communities in celebration of the Erie Canal bicentennial.
“These innovative, collaborative projects are the unique experiences coveted by residents of New York and visitors to our state. Our festivals and public arts projects provide an infusion of revenue to local businesses and build our communities,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts. “These opportunities fuel our state’s vast and powerful cultural sector, which generates $120 billion to the state economy and employs over 460,000 workers.”
A complete list of REDC award recipients is available here.
About the New York State Council on the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts champions community and creativity by preserving and advancing numerous aspects of the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit.
NYSCA upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development and quality of life. Through its core grantmaking activity, NYSCA awarded $51M in FY2019 to 2,400 organizations statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs, the Regional Economic Development Council initiative and the Mid-Size Capital Project Fund. NYSCA funding supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities. NYSCA further advances New York's creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources.
Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960, and continued and expanded to the present day with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA is an agency of the Executive Branch of the New York State Government. For more information on NYSCA, please visit www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA's Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.