New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced grants totaling $41.26 million for cultural and arts organizations throughout New York State, with more than $24 million worth of grants going to venues in New York City.
The grants were awarded to 1,230 organizations to “support the creation of visual, performing, literary, and media arts, as well as arts education, economic development through the arts, and cultural programs for underserved populations.”
“These grants reinforce New York’s role as a global cultural destination, promote learning for all ages, cultivate creativity, and build community,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “From world-renowned cultural centers like Carnegie Hall to high quality public art programs, in-school arts education, and free performances, New York is a hub of cultural activity and artistic talent, and we must ensure that art is accessible to all New Yorkers.”
Among the recipients are The Public Theater, Harlem Arts Alliance, Abingdon Theatre Company, Asia Society, Drama League, Clubbed Thumb, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Hudson Guild, Museum of the Moving Image, Traditional Arts, Jacob Burns Film Center, Sculpture Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and hundreds more.
Three grant opportunities through the Regional Economic Development Council Program are new this year: initiatives devoted to the Erie Canal Bicentennial and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, as well as Arts Career Development Fellowships for Underserved Communities.
New York State Council on the Arts Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel stated, “NYSCA support enables New York State to maintain and advance its role as a global cultural center. Our grantees represent the high quality and diversity of artists and arts organizations from the North Country to the Southern Tier. From preservation of historic architecture to digital media innovations to our new fellowship devoted to promoting inclusion, our goal is to empower our artists and arts organizations to realize their potential and inspire our constituents.”
New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus added, “NYSCA’s FY2017 grants not only provide crucial support for the arts throughout New York State but also demonstrate our commitment to fulfilling the economic and community needs of our constituents through the arts. Through our funding programs, convenings, communications, and new initiatives, we look forward to deepening our role as a vital resource for our grantees and the public in 2017 and beyond.”