Prequalification: Essential Information for Grantees and Applicants

REMINDER: When you apply to NYSCA or enter into a contract, all documents in your Prequalification Document Vault in the Grants Gateway must be up to date.

Common annual dates that document vaults may require updating are 12/30, 2/15, 3/30, 5/15 and 6/30, and during grant application periods. An additional recent date was 11/15.

These dates are based on an organization’s fiscal year end date and may vary. Every organization should review their Prequalification Application Status Report document located inside their document vault regularly for key expiration dates and related information.

To access your organization’s document vault, log in to the Grants Gateway as the Grantee Delegated Administrator. A Document Vault link should be available near the top of the page.

The required documents are:

  • Certificate of Incorporation or equivalent document
  • IRS 501(c) determination letter
  • IRS 990
  • Audit/Review and Findings
  • CHAR500 or CHAR410
  • Board of Directors Profile
  • Senior Leadership Resumes
  • Corporate Bylaws

For questions about Prequalification and Document Vaults, contact Operations Team Associate Marnee Geller, (212) 459-8819 or


NYSCA and Edward Hopper House honor New York artist Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems, Dia Beacon from Beacon, 2003-05, Archival pigment print, 33.25 x 29.25 x 1.25 in.

This Thursday, one of New York State’s most influential artists will present an exclusive exhibition in connection with an award presented by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Carrie Mae Weems, recipient of the 2017 Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists, in recognition of her significant artistic contributions to the state of New York, will exhibit Beacon, a series of photographs documenting the changing landscape and culture of Beacon, NY, at Edward Hopper House in Nyack.

“To be receiving this award in recognition of the great artist Edward Hopper, whose painted world of dark nights and lonely people were so often a home to my imagination and anchor to my own practice is a tremendous honor,” said Weems.

Weems places herself as the subject in the Beacon photographs, always pictured standing with her back to the camera, observing and “bearing witness, confronting something, [serving] as a guide to the viewer standing with me.”

Weems is celebrated for her photography, films, and videos that address social themes focusing on race, gender, and class.  She has exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Prix de Roma, and many more. She lives and works in Syracuse, NY.

This exhibition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. We are thrilled to support Carrie Mae Weems and celebrate New York State’s vibrant culture and exceptional artistry through this award.

NYSCA Talks “Dream Projects” with NYC Museum Educators Roundtable

Leigh Wells of the Museum of the Moving Image, Adrienne Lei of the Frick Collection and Lacey Flint of The Explorers Club share their ideas for new museum education projects.

We want all of New York’s arts organizations to do their best, most innovative work – and we love talking with you about your ideas to figure out how we can collaborate to turn vision into reality.

On Tuesday, we hosted a Meet the Funder event with the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER). Participants shared with us their dream projects, and staff from our Museum, Arts Education, Architecture + Design and Electronic Media & Film Programs provided guidance as to eligibility and best practices for applying to NYSCA.

Hosting NYCMER and similar events helps us understand ways to continue to support the field. We appreciate the participation of organizations such as the New-York Historical Society, Museum Access Consortium, Guggenheim Museum and Fraunces Tavern Museum. You inspired us with projects tackling important issues such as work training opportunities for teens in museums, engaging communities in curation, redeveloping museum’s school programs to better educate students, and increasing access for those of all abilities.

Participants discussed a variety of topics, including teen workforce training, accessibility and community engagement.

We live-tweeted the event @NYSCArts and @NYCMER and compiled tips for applying to NYSCA, many of which will be effective across all disciplines. Read the highlights below:

  • If you are interested in applying to NYSCA, you can set up a short phone call with Program Staff to ask about similar projects funded in the past.
  • Tell your story thoroughly but succinctly. You don’t have to max out all your word limits.
  • Be specific.
  • Read guideline questions thoroughly.
  • Pair statistics with personal stories.
  • If your program might be suitable to multiple NYSCA Programs, call us and ask what funding range is available in each program and where your project may be strongest. Do this before the application period – once the application opens, we can’t take program-specific questions.
  • For public art, review Visual Arts Program AND Regional Economic Development Council initiative guidelines
  • If your program is groundbreaking for your organization, even if not the whole field, tell us why. Context helps!
  • If you’re offering tuition stipends for those in need, tell us how you determine who is eligible and why.
  • Avoid a “kitchen sink” proposal. Show beginning/middle/end of a measurable process.
  • Successful arts education application videos show student/teacher interaction. We want to see process, not promo.  

NYSCA’s FY19 Guidelines will post in early 2018. If you have an idea for a proposal you would like to discuss, visit our website to contact the appropriate staff member.

NYSCA honors Deputy Executive Director Petra Maxwell

New York State Council on the Arts Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel presents Deputy Executive Director of Operations Petra Maxwell with a certificate of appreciation

At our October Council meeting, NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel presented Deputy Executive Director of Operations Petra Maxwell with a certificate of appreciation for her outstanding leadership and service to New York’s arts and cultural organizations from 2013 to 2017.

Ms. Maxwell left the agency this month to become the General Counsel of the Hudson River Park Trust. We offer her a warm congratulations and look forward to continuing to work together in service to New York State.

Commemorating Women’s Suffrage: The New-York Historical Society’s Battle for the Ballot

The Battle for the Ballot, Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society

This year, NYSCA honors the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Through our Regional Economic Development Council Program, we have provided FY2017 grants to organizations that are commemorating the occasion through their programs. In addition, on this blog, we will regularly pay tribute to grantees who honor the Centennial and showcase the impact of women in New York State arts and culture.

We spoke with Mia Nagawiecki, Vice President for Education at the New-York Historical Society about the exhibition The Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York​, which is on view on Governors Island through October 15. Supported by REDC funding, this teen-curated exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State. Visitors learn how the women’s suffrage movement developed from the monumental Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the parades, protests, and coalition-building that won women the vote in 1917 and continues to influence political organizing today. NYSCA also supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum Program.

Entrance to The Battle for the Ballot, Governor’s Island, Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society has demonstrated a strong commitment to women’s roles in history this year, with the opening of the Center for Women’s History in the spring and now the Battle for the Ballot. What inspired the creation of this exhibition?

We believe history learning happens most powerfully when people see themselves reflected in the past. Women are, and have always been, half the population of our nation, but traditional histories dedicate far less than half their attention to the perspectives, experiences, and contributions of women and girls. Our new Center for Women’s History, which inspired this exhibition, works to help everyone appreciate that women’s history is American history.

So, we have had the importance of women’s history on the front of our minds, and 2017 is the centennial of New York State women gaining the right to vote. This exhibition highlights New York’s role in women gaining suffrage, at both the state and national level, through the actions of the suffragists who worked to achieve the vote. We hope it contributes to making history feel more personal and relevant to New Yorkers, and to all visitors.  We are grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts for their generous support of this project and for shining a light on the history of women’s suffrage in New York to commemorate the centennial.

This show provides a remarkable opportunity for young curators to get involved with the museum. Why it was important to have this exhibition teen-curated?

Our teen curators brought a fresh perspective to the topic and really wanted to challenge the version of history that makes its way into the textbooks and, therefore, the national memory.

They came into the project with a great interest in presenting traditionally under-represented peoples and stories: the experiences of African Americans, Chinese-Americans, the working-class, the poor, socialists, etc.; and the numerous, complex barriers to women getting the vote.

They were especially interested in learning the various reasons people were for and against women having the right to vote and making connections to issues that exist today. We found it particularly compelling how much the teens were interested in the more radical activists as well as exploring the anti-suffrage arguments of the period. This was completely guided by their interest and was something we hadn’t anticipated, and it added a lot to the exhibition.

The Battle for the Ballot on Governor’s Island, curated by teens. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.

Are there any lesser-known suffragettes or unusual artifacts we should be on the lookout for?

Dr. Mabel Lee is probably the most “unknown” figure in the show. She was a leader based within New York’s Chinatown who advanced the conversation of suffrage within the Chinese and Chinese-American communities.  Some other figures who are lesser-known today but were quite prominent during their time are Victoria Woodhull, Rose Schneiderman, Clara Lemlich, Leda Richberg-Hornsby, and Ida Blair.

In 1916, Leda Richberg-Hornsby piloted a biplane called the Suff Bird, accompanied by Ida Blair. They planned to “bomb” President Woodrow Wilson with pro-suffrage leaflets as he sailed his yacht down the Hudson River, en route to the illumination of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, near-gale force winds forced them to crash land in a swamp on Staten Island before they were able to carry out their feat. Their commitment to the cause is remarkable, and there were many other women who were just as passionate, even if they couldn’t pilot planes. Richberg-Hornsby was the first female pilot to graduate from the Wright Flying School in Dayton. The exhibition features a photograph of these brave New York suffragists and tells their story.

Teens created a chalkboard to prompt discussion related to The Battle for the Ballot, Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society

 How have the Teen Leaders and visitors responded to the exhibition and its resonance today?

There have been many great conversations in which people in the gallery are drawing parallels to various issues that are a part of the political discourse today, such as voter disenfranchisement, institutional racism, the challenges in creating inclusive grassroots movements, workers’ rights, and more.

The teens included a chalk board wall in the exhibition design, where visitors can respond to prompts that change from week-to-week, giving  visitors a voice in the space. One prompt that sticks out was “What is feminism to you?” The teens chose this knowing that the term has come to mean many things, both positive and negative, and the responses from visitors reflected that.

This exhibit exemplifies the strength and perseverance it requires to make a change for what is right. How do you want this exhibition to inspire young people – and audiences overall – today?

We hope this exhibition shows New Yorkers and Americans of all ages that it takes a lot of people working together to make change possible, and that it does not happen overnight.

Our narrative begins in 1848 with the Declaration of Sentiments, the document that came out of Seneca Falls, the first women’s rights convention in the United States. Only one of the signers would live to see universal suffrage become a reality in the United States 72 years later (though she was confined to her bed on Election Day and unable to cast a ballot). The ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 was the result of generations of activism, which culminated in traditionally disparate groups, such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Grange, the Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association, working together to realize a larger goal.

It is crucial for all of us, as citizens, to be open to having conversations across divides, to work toward a goal that might not have immediate return, and to be dedicated to shaping our democracy into whatever each of us thinks a “more perfect Union” is.

NYSCA hosts guest speakers Fred Dixon, Emily Rafferty and Cristyne Nicholas

Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company, Emily Rafferty, Chairman, NYC & Company, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts, Cristyne Nicholas, Chair, New York State Tourism Advisory Council

On October 4, 2017, NYSCA hosted a Council Meeting in which we reviewed a portion of FY2018 applications and welcomed three exceptional guest speakers, Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company, Emily Rafferty, Chairman, NYC & Company, and Cristyne Nicholas, Chair, New York State Tourism Advisory Council, who shared valuable insights into the vital role of the arts and culture in New York State tourism.

We are immensely grateful to our speakers and our Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel for an inspiring discussion and look forward to continuing to share news of New York’s cultural tourism highlights here on the NYSCA Network.

NYSCA Today: FY18 Grant Review, Grantee Fall Events

On October 3, 2017, the New York State Council on the Arts meets to review the recommendations for Fiscal Year 2018 grants from their Performing, Literary & Visual Arts Committee, and Multi-disciplinary Arts Committee; these two Committees will make recommendations in eleven program areas. To highlight the importance of the panel and committee review process, NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein- Spielvogel noted:  “In 2017, more than 1,900 grants went to 1,200 organizations directly, and another 1,300 were reached through regrants for a total of 2,500 organizations in all 62 state counties. NYSCA is proud that our support enables citizens throughout New York State to access significant cultural programs, representing diverse fields and media, and presented in extraordinary locale.. . . .We urge all New Yorkers, residents, visitors, tourists, and travelers to visit new venues, and explore and enjoy the rich and ever-changing diversity of the arts across New York State.” To provide a window into the diversity of the arts in our state, a small sample of upcoming events – supported by NYSCA’s Fiscal Year 2017 funding,  – appear below, along with links.

We at NYSCA urge all of you to enjoy the fruits of these fine efforts during the beautiful fall season throughout our state.


Adirondack Mountain Music & Dance

Camp Sagamore

October 3rd-6th

Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark, operates as a unique setting for artist residencies, conferences, performances, and traditional recreational activities. This showcase of authentic folk dancing, singing, and song writing will be led by John Kirk, Trish Miller, Dan Berggren, and the legendary Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith. With the partnership of Road Scholar, an educational travel organization, this series of programming curates historical experiences for everyone in the family.

Events take place from October 3 at 4 p.m. to October 6 at 10 a.m., Sagamore Rd., Raquette Lake,


American Panorama: The Hudson River School

Arnot Art Museum

Through November 16th

Opened in 1913, the Artnot Art Gallery, a restored Greek-Revival home built in 1833, has acquired an impressive portfolio of American art. The museum’s mission is to actively integrate community and educational programming into exhibitions, and to support the development of a regional arts network in the Southern Tier. This comprehensive exhibit of the legendary artists of the Hudson River Valley showcases the distinct heritage of 19th century New York artists, in the beautiful and historic Arnot Gallery.

Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 235 Lake St., Elmira, admission $7, $5 seniors and college students, free for children 18 and under,


Born in 1685: GF Handel, JS Bach, D. Scarlatti

Long Island Baroque Ensemble Series

October 21st-22nd

The Long Island Baroque Ensemble, founded in 1972, features a repertoire of rarely heard and unpublished works along with period favorites. The ensemble duplicates the sounds and ambience of times gone by with concerts of early music performed on replicas of period instruments, in historic churches in Suffolk County. Join the group as they kick off their season with a selection of pieces from the leading composers of the Baroque period.

October 21, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown, October 22, 3 p.m., Christ Church, 61 East Main St., Oyster Bay, $30, $15 students, free for children 10 and under,


The Battle for the Ballot

New York Historical Society

On View through October 15th.

The New York Historical Society’s teen-curated exhibition Battle for the Ballot marks the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in New York State. On view on Governor’s Island until October 15th, the exhibition traces the evolution of the women’s suffrage movement from the landmark Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 to the protests, parades, and solidarity that coalesced in 1917. The show’s collection contains historical photographs and artifacts that have been thoughtfully and expertly presented and explained.

Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., free admission,


Freedom Wall

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Currently on view

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the oldest public art institutions in the United States, has partnered with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor to break ground on a grassroots community art initiative. Nearly thirty subjects, including Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X, and W.E.B. DuBois are depicted by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed.

On view at Michigan Ave. and East Ferry St., Buffalo,


Smart People

Geva Theatre Center

Playing October 5th-October 22nd

The Geva Theatre Center in Rochester is one of the best-attended regional theatres in the state. Their commitment to unique, community-oriented, and quality theater programming make them both a destination and an institution within the region. Their current production, written by Lydia Diamond and produced by the Kitchen Theatre Company of Ithaca, is a wry and incisive play that manages to address topical and sensitive cultural issues with a sense of humor. Smart People’s run begins October 5th, and will be in production until October 22nd.

Tuesdays through Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, $30-$35,


Wright at 150 Lecture Series

Darwin Martin House

Lectures are scheduled through October 13th

The Martin House in Buffalo was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his close friend and patron Darwin Martin. It exists today as a museum and complex to showcase the famous architect’s work and provide scholars with the opportunity and materials to study his legacy. The lecture series features six visiting curators from the retrospective exhibit at MoMA, with the final lecture on October 13th.

Lectures at 7 p.m. October 6 and 13, tours scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, lectures $25-$100, admission $19-37, with discounts for seniors, students and members,


Catskill Jazz Factory

Bard College: The Richard B. Fisher Center

Performance on October 7th

The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry, demonstrates Bard’s commitment to performing arts as an educational and cultural necessity. This institution helps to attract leading artists from around the world to the Hudson Valley region, and provides the space and resources for students and artists alike to develop their skills and creativity. This fall, the Fisher Center will have the opportunity to host jazz titan Fred Hersch and his protégé Sullivan Fortner on Saturday, October 7th for a double piano concert featuring compositions by Hersch, Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, and more.

7:30 p.m., Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, $25-50,


Water Way welcomes World Canals Conference with inspired video art

This month, art provides a fascinating window into the history, essential role and beauty of canals around the world.

In honor of the Erie Canal Bicentennial, the World Canals Conference will be held in Syracuse and will feature the special exhibition Water Way. The exhibition will showcase short films focusing on canal life and culture by young artists from New York State, Scotland, Belgium and Italy. Initiated and supported by NYSCA in partnership with the Urban Video Project, Water Way will be projected on the Everson Museum’s façade September 24-28.

Check out the videos below:

For more ways to ring in the Bicentennial, check out our Erie Canal calendar to find upcoming events near you, including the Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge at the World Canals Conference and the SS Columbia Project in Waterford.

NYSCA in the News

“Cirque du Fringe: MIRACLE CURE” performs inside The Cristal Palace Spiegeltent at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. Photo by Erich Camping.

This week, NYSCA grantees welcome thousands to a 500-performance, 10-day festival, announce new leadership, complete a mural showcasing Civil Rights leaders and more.

Rochester Fringe ready to open with ‘Big Bang’ in our night sky

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

The 10-day KeyBank Rochester Fringe Fest, which includes 500 performances at 31 venues opened Thursday.  The festival has “grown dramatically in its first five seasons, drawing 68,000 people last year.” New at the Fringe this year is the Immersive Igloo, “a 40-foot dome of soothing light show and surround sound, created by a Rochester native now living in New York City, Tom Montagliano.” Additional highlights include:

  • Rochester’s Garth Fagan company
  • PUSH Physical Theatre
  • Labyrinth, in which the Biodance company teams up with Eastman School of Music musicians at the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Plasticiens Volants, “the French outdoor theater company that fills the night air with surreal inflatables bathed in projected light and moving to a thumping tribal jazz soundtrack in Big Bang”

“Plasticiens Volants has been active for more than 40 years, but this show, and a previous Sept. 2 performance at Artpark in Lewiston, Niagara County, mark  the debut of the group in the United States. It has been a part of many high-profile events, including last year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.” NYSCA supports the Rochester Fringe Festival through our Presenting Program.

Viviana Bianchi named BCA’s 5th executive director

Bronx Times

“The Bronx Council on the Arts, a non-profit focusing on locally-based arts, artists and programing, appointed Viviana Bianchi as its new executive director after a six-month search…’I believe in the power of arts to change and impact communities,’ she said…She added: ‘My goal is to make BCA the place to go for the arts.’…Bianchi…plans on collaborating with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs on a new cultural plan, engaging in ‘creative placemaking’ where artists work on meaningful social projects to improve communities and working with the Westchester Square Business Improvement District. Charles Rice-González, BCA co-chair, stated that Bianchi’s passion for artists and the arts would elevate BCA’s voice as an artist advocate. She came to the position from Mindbuilders, another borough-based organization that provides artistic [programming,] as well as sports activities for youth. She has extensive non-profit and arts experience in organizations in Florida, Washington D.C. and New York and in her native Argentina.” NYSCA supports the Bronx Council on the Arts through our State & Local Partnerships Program.

Freedom Wall welcomes visitors to Buffalo’s African American Heritage Corridor


“Buffalo is marking the completion of its latest public art project, a mural depicting 28 civil rights leaders. The Freedom Wall is located at the entrance to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor at East Ferry Street. It was painted by four Buffalo artists as part the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative, which integrates art into public spaces. The work was painted over the course of the summer by John Baker, Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed, each a native of Buffalo who lives and works in the region and holds a degree from Buffalo State College. They were chosen to create the mural through input at a number of community meetings… Among the leaders whose portraits fill the wall are national figures such as Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, as well as prominent Buffalo politicians George K. Arthur and Arthur Eve. Additional figures are Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure), Mama Charlene Caver Miller, William Wells Brown, King Peterson, Angela Davis, Bill Gaiter, Alicia Garza, Al-Nisa Banks, W. E. B. Du Bois, Eva Doyle, Huey P. Newton, Shirley Chisholm, Frank Merriweather, Martin Luther King Jr., Mary B. Talbert, Rev. J. Edward Nash Sr., Dr. Lydia T. Wright, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Monroe Fordham, Thurgood Marshall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Minnie Gillette, Marcus Garvey and Harriet Tubman. A community celebration marking completion of the project was held Sunday.” NYSCA supports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through our Museum Program and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

‘Breaking Bad’ actor, Arthur Miller’s daughter among Woodstock Film Festival highlights

Poughkeepsie Journal

“Appearances by actor Giancarlo Esposito from television’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and Arthur Miller’s daughter Rebecca will highlight the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival, a cinematic extravaganza that this year will feature nearly two dozen films by female directors. The 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival will be held Oct. 11-15 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Kingston and Saugerties. The festival’s annual Focus on Music program will include the New York premiere of the musical ‘Stuck.’ The film stars Esposito who, along with other cast members, will participate in a question-and-answer session following an Oct. 11 screening at the Woodstock Playhouse. Esposito and his fellow cast members will also perform songs from the film’s score. Rebecca Miller’s film about her famous father will be shown on Oct. 15 at the Woodstock Playhouse. ‘Arthur Miller: Writer’ is the festival’s closing night film and Miller will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening…The 2017 Woodstock Film Festival will feature four world premieres, five North American premieres, one U.S. premiere, 20 East Coast premieres and nine New York premieres. The film festival’s centerpiece films are ‘Last Flying Flag,’ directed by Richard Linklater, who also directed ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘School of Rock;’ and ‘The Square,’ directed by Ruben Östlund.” NYSCA supports the Woodstock Film Festival through our Electronic Media & Film Program.

HERE Was There and Will Surely Endure

Chelsea Now

“[In 1993] in Lower Manhattan, something wonderful happened. Two Downtown theatre companies, Tiny Mythic and the Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, joined forces to create HERE Arts Center. The 2017-2018 season will be HERE’s 25th, which means the company will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary — no small feat given the failure rate of small arts organizations. ‘It was just a raw space when we found it,’ said co-founder Kristin Marting, of their location at 145 Sixth Ave. ‘It was 13,000 square feet of storage, full of refrigerators and appliances, with a loading dock. We had to gut and rehab the whole space ourselves, and our family and friends, with just sweat equity.’… Initially an organization with a $350,000 annual budget, that number has grown nearly sixfold. Once entirely volunteer based, HERE now employs nine full-time and nine part-time staff members. Equally impressive is the high quality of the work the company has produced over the past quarter century — including such groundbreaking productions as the premiere of Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ Basil Twist’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique,’…Young Jean Lee’s ‘Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven,’ …[and] Taylor Mac’s ‘The Lily’s Revenge’… Other artists with a close association with the space have included Labyrinth Theater Company, Elevator Repair Service, Target Margin Theater, and The Talking Band.” NYSCA supports HERE through our Presenting and Theatre Programs.


Arts Ed Week: New Arts Learning Standards for New York State

Coinciding with National Arts in Education Week, we have news from the New York State Education Department: the Board of Regents has approved revised New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. For artists and organizations involved in arts education, these revised standards and accompanying resources can be a valuable guideline in your work. You can use them to refer to benchmarks on what students should be able to do in a specific arts discipline at a certain grade level, seek guidance in how to think about the artistic learning process, or look for inclusion strategies.

The new NYS Arts Standards are based around 4 artistic processes: Creating, Performing/Producing/Presenting, Responding, and Connecting. These processes are common to all arts disciplines.

The arts standards are supported by a variety of discipline-based instructional resources, such as the Conceptual Framework, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, discipline-specific glossaries, and an Implementation Guide to support administrators, parents, teachers and guidance counselors unpack the standards. These can be found at and .