Holiday Greetings from NYSCA Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

What a wonderful experience to travel through our state, and have the opportunity to meet and talk with you, to learn more about your concerns and your fine work. Your participation is at the heart of our endeavors. As promised at our gatherings, questions we did not answer at our meetings, we will respond to through these NYSCA Network postings. Here are the first responses, by Megan White, Liz McAleer and Ronni Reich — please keep checking back as we post more information for your use. Wishing all a happy Independence Day!

With warm wishes, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Chair, New York State Council on the Arts

Can you talk about NYSCA opportunities that offer capacity-building funding versus project-specific funding?

NYSCA provides General Operating Support, which NYSCA sees as a fundamental investment in organizational capacity and sustainability as it offers organizations the license and flexibility to invest in their organizations in ways that program-specific grants do not. Programs with the exception of Facilities, Individual Artists, and REDC provide General Operating Support. You can view the guidelines here:

There is also a specific category in State and Local Partnerships that addresses Organizational Capacity; as outlined here:

The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) program has a Workforce Development Category, as outlined here:

In the “old days” NYSCA program staff traveled to organizations and institutions, especially those requesting GOS. Do you anticipate a return to this activity?

NYSCA program staff members are once again conducting site visits to organizations and institutions throughout New York state on a regular basis. We will also host regional application seminars in the late fall and early winter. Please subscribe to NYSCA’s mailing list for more information about these events. Click here to subscribe:

How does NYSCA view history and humanities in terms of funding allocation and priorities?

All of NYSCA’s funding categories include opportunities for projects that deal with history and the humanities. Our Literature, Folk Arts, Museums, and Arts Education programs are particularly focused on these areas, and we also offer funds for historic preservation through our Architecture + Design program. For more information about individual program guidelines, visit

Some quotes for the 4th:

He that would make his own liberty secure,
must guard even his enemy from opposition;
for if he violates this duty he establishes
a precedent that will reach himself.
~Thomas Paine

In the process of gaining our rightful place,
we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom
by drinking from the cup of bitterness and
hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle
on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
— Martin Luther King

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the
restraints it imposes on itself, and
dies of all others.
–Albert Camus


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