New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Contact: Ronni Reich
April 09, 2018

New York State Council on the Arts’ new website nominated for The 22nd Annual Webby Awards, “The Internet’s highest honor”

Voting for The Webby People's Voice Award open through April 19, 2018

New York, NY—The New York State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the agency’s recently redesigned website has been nominated for The 22nd Annual Webby Awards.  

Designed and developed by Tomorrow Partners in collaboration with GCOM Software, WebNY and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, the site has been voted by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences as one of the top five in the world in the Websites - Government & Civil Innovation category.

Described by the New York Times as “The Internet’s highest honor,” the Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from nearly all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year.

The NYSCA site is now competing in its category for both The Webby Award and The Webby People's Voice Award. While The Webby Award is chosen by the Academy, The Webby People’s Voice Award is voted on by the public. Public voting is open through Thursday, April 19th, at 11:59 PM/PST here. Each year, The Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.

NYSCA’s website has been designed to highlight New York State’s extraordinary creative culture and NYSCA’s role in supporting our arts sector, and to provide a one-stop resource for artists and arts organizations. Site features include:

  • Video and photo showcasing artists and arts organizations across the state
  • An interactive map sharing information about the agency’s 2,400 grantees for 2018, demonstrating the breadth and depth of NYSCA-supported culture in New York State
  • Blog content featuring NYSCA grantees and their impact on New York State culture, communities, and economy
  • A step-by-step, multimedia-rich guide to applying for NYSCA funding
  • Dedicated pages informing the public about each of NYSCA’s 15 funding programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, each with links to grantee spotlights, news, resources and staff information
  • Resources to support artists and arts organizations and enhance their ability to serve the public

Webby Award winners will be selected by Executive Academy members with category-specific expertise, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva Chen, social entrepreneur Van Jones, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Playmatics CEO Margaret Wallace, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter’s Opal Tometi

Website entries are evaluated based on Content, Structure & Navigation, Visual Design, Overall Experience, Functionality and Interactivity. The competition is open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of designing, building, managing, maintaining, marketing or promoting digital work.

Webby Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, and honored at the 22nd Annual Webby Awards, hosted by Late Night’s Amber Ruffin, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, on May 14, 2018. Winners will receive a Webby Statuette and a badge for their websites or publications. Nominees and Official Honorees receive a framed certificate and a badge for their Websites as well. All Winners, Nominees, and Honorees will be included on the Webby Winners page of the Webby site. 

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 our core grantmaking activity, NYSCA awarded $41M in FY2018 to 2,400 arts and cultural organizations and municipalities statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. An additional $20M capital funding opportunity was awarded in partnership with Empire State Development. 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:  

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