New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Contact: Ronni Reich
September 17, 2019
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS AWARDS $6.7 MILLION TO SUPPORT CULTURAL PROGRAMS STATEWIDE
NYSCA Grants Advance Transformative Impact of Arts and Culture on Economies and Communities Across New York State
New York, NY—The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) today announced $6,687,310 million in grants to be distributed to 175 cultural organizations statewide in 2020 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, visual and literary arts in New York State.
NYSCA will award a total of $41 million to arts organizations across New York State in 2019. This support helps build the state’s creative industries, which generate a total of $120B to the state economy, account for 466,000 jobs, and play a significant role in community building and revitalization.
“Our creative culture is a powerful economic engine; creating jobs, fueling tourism, and strengthening our state,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus. “It is also a driver of healthy communities and individuals, educational achievement, and unity of our richly diverse population.”
The first of three rounds of NYSCA funding for FY2020, NYSCA Round I funding supports New York State’s world-renowned architecture and design; thriving media and film industry; capital improvements to cultural facilities; and traditional folk arts.
These grants also support local arts funding ensuring that New Yorkers in all 62 state counties can access the benefits of New York’s creative culture, including those in geographically remote and underserved communities.
Annually, NYSCA grants are awarded in 15 programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Over the last two years, NYSCA has awarded an additional $30 million in capital funding to 71 organizations statewide fueling community development and tourism, and will announce additional capital grant awards this year.
“Every New Yorker deserves access to the numerous benefits of the arts,” said NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls. “From architectural destinations that drive tourism to local arts venues that unite communities, and from traditional crafts that connect us to our shared history to media arts innovations that lead us into the future, our creativity makes New York State stronger.”
NYSCA reviewed 339 applications for Round I funding, of which 226 have been awarded support. Across programs, grantees focused on technological innovations expanding access to the arts; tourism promotion; ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in cultural programming; and community engagement.
Grants were awarded in the following NYSCA funding programs:
NYSCA FY2020 Round I recipients include:
A complete list of Round I FY2020 grantees is available here.
NYSCA received a total of 1406 applications for 2020 support in addition to 834 existing multi-year contracts from prior year awards. Additional NYSCA FY2020 funding will be announced in early fall and winter of 2019.
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 cultural heritage that makes 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 hosting convenings with 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.