Festival season is in full swing for NYSCA grantees, with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the Museum Mile Festival, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival this week. Also, read on for news about grants and opportunities in the Adirondacks and the North Country.
At the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, a Lot of the Humans Are Women
This year, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will focus on women’s rights around the world. The festival opens today, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center – which is supported by NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Program – and the IFC Center. One of the 18 features in the festival, Maisie Crow’s “Jackson,” which deals with reproductive rights, is also funded through NYSCA’s Individual Artist program. More than half the films are directed by women.
American Music Festival takes place across Troy
The Albany Symphony Orchestra, a recipient of NYSCA funding through the Music Program, has begun its annual five-day American Music Festival at various locations throughout Troy, and several events will take place over the weekend. The environmentally-themed festival consists of 15 concerts, recitals, interactive experiences and special events. It features 35 new and recent works by 33 American composers, including 18 world premieres and concludes on Sunday with nature walk guided by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservatory.
The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days
Among the next week’s top activities recommended by Time Out New York is the Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday. Enjoy live music and free admission to NYSCA-supported institutions including El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
St. Lawrence County Arts Council encouraging applicants for 2016 and 2017 Teaching Artists’ Fund projects funds
Artists and organizations may apply for a share of $10,000 in grants for Fall 2016 Teaching Artists’ Fund projects by Sept. 1. This fall only, people may apply for both 2016 and 2017 grants. This support is available through the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.
Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Improvements
“The Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure to enhance the patron and artist experience. The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140-year-old building…The matching-grant, which is in addition to $6,000 in annual operating support from NYSCA, will also provide for dedicated accessible and companion seating sections for patrons with disabilities.”