Monthly Archives: May 2016

Welcome to the NYSCA Network!

Welcome to the NYSCA Network, a marketplace for ideas created for the organizations, institutions, artists, applicants, and the public that we serve. The NYSCA Network is a collaborative forum for the arts community to share knowledge, build professional relationships, and spark innovation. Your participation is vital and necessary for the NYSCA Network to be effective. We look forward to hearing from you in each of the discussion categories we have created on the Forums page. We invite you to join the conversation by clicking the “All Forums” link above. Let the dialogue begin!
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Chair, New York State Council on the Arts
1 June, 2016

NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel visits Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse

Recently designated NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (25 April, 2016) led a successful and productive ‘listening tour’ to Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse May 24 and 25.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, NYSCA Chief of Staff Liz McAleer, NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, and NYSCA Director of Public Information Ronni Reich

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, NYSCA Chief of Staff Liz McAleer, NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, and NYSCA Director of Public Information Ronni Reich

In a series of five meetings organized to hear from local officials, legislators, arts leaders, applicants, and grantees, and to introduce herself to our publics, she was joined by NYSCA staff members Megan White, Liz McAleer and Ronni Reich.

Among those in attendance at meetings were Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Onondaga County Deputy Executive Bill Fisher, and the presidents or executive directors of numerous arts organizations large and small, as well as many representatives of elected officials.

Through these collaborative conversations, we have come away with valuable ideas about how to continue to work together to build on and disseminate New York State’s rich, diverse cultural resources.

All of us at NYSCA are proud to demonstrate our commitment, availability and responsiveness to all of our state’s arts communities, including those in Western and Central New York. We look forward to speaking with more of you throughout our state this June and July. Our next meetings will take place June 14 at the Albany Institute of History & Art and at Arts Mid-Hudson and June 21 at Historic Hudson Valley. We hope to see you there!


Burchfield Penney Builds Creative History of Western New York

By Colin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News, 21 May, 2016

“In two small, white-walled rooms on the second floor of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, a dedicated group of archivists, curators, writers and interns are quietly constructing a new version of history.

During the busiest times, the space is abuzz with activity as a handful of staffers and up to five interns upload letters, photographs, audio interviews and other pieces of ephemera into the center’s rapidly growing digital archives or write biographies of Western New York artists living and dead.

It’s all part of an ambitious and multipronged effort to catalog and digitize the center’s rapidly growing collection of archival material from area artists and important institutions.

But even more broadly, the history these employees and volunteers are writing aims to put the creative culture of Western New York on equal footing with the city’s industrial legacy, with its architectural heritage and with its rich ethnic traditions. And as they meticulously drag the region’s artistic life into the light, one tattered piece of paper and 35 millimeter slide at a time, they are making a stronger argument for the central role art plays in our lives.”

Follow the link below to learn more about a fascinating initiative from The Burchfield Penney Art Center, a NYSCA grantee making an impact on its community and serving as a model for others:

Burchfield Penney builds creative history of Western New York