NYSCA in the News

It’s a time of celebration for NYSCA grantees! Just Buffalo rings in its 40th anniversary, NYFA has announced the recipients of its 2016 Artists’ Fellowships, and the Adirondack Film Society begins a screening series featuring a world premiere by a North Country filmmaker.


NYFA Awards Over $600K to New York State Artists


“The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists of its Artists’ Fellowship Program. The organization has awarded a total of $647,000 to 98 artists (including five collaborations) throughout New York State in the following disciplines: architecture/environmental structures/design, choreography, music/sound, photography, playwriting/screenwriting.” The Artists’ Fellowship Program is administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Just Buffalo Literary Center Celebrates Its 40th Year


Just Buffalo offers in-school programs, free after-school and summer youth writing workshops, anthologies of student writing, and a Studio Poetry series in which poets read in abandoned silos. A decade ago it added Babel, a reading series that brings well-known authors from around the world to Buffalo and regularly draws audiences of roughly 1,500 people. To fund its programs, the center applies for grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and also partners with it on its Literary Presenters’ Technical Assistance Program (LitTap), which offers technical advice, networking opportunities, and other services to the state’s literary presenters and publishers. The latest Just Buffalo/LitTap partnership, according to Kathleen Masterson, director of literature and theater programs at NYSCA, gives grants to mature literary organizations. As Just Buffalo heads into its fifth decade, it will create a literary corridor along Washington Street including a mural based on Robert Creeley’s poem “Love Comes Quietly”; a sculpture of poet Lucille Clifton, who grew up in Buffalo; and a project to honor poet and activist Ishmael Reed, who was raised in the city.

Mount Tremper Arts goes year round


“Mount Tremper Arts (MTA) has announced a shift from its usual seven-week summer festival of weekly performances and artist residencies to an almost year-round schedule of monthly events and month-long residencies. The new format will allow for intensive collaboration with New York City performance spaces and a more consistent relationship with the upstate community, said the organization’s executive director, Matthew Pokoik…Each month-long residency is organized in partnership with a New York City theater, pooling resources to identify promising artists, leverage financial support, and provide marketing exposure.” The first residency this summer, July 16, will be DarkMatter, a duo that blends storytelling, poetry, comedy and fashion. NYSCA supports the Catskills-based organization through our Presenting program.

Warwick Summer Arts Festival begins July 15


“Since 2000, The Warwick Summer Arts Festival, founded by Elizabeth Reese, has been one of Orange County’s premiere arts festivals featuring music, theater, dance, exhibits, films and readings in locations around the Town of Warwick…The popular festival will bring attention to the arts with public performances and exhibitions reminiscent of a traveling carnival. Musicians and dancers will perform in unassuming venues such as local farms and fields. Artwork, employing a combination of mediums, will be exhibited at local businesses and throughout the Village of Warwick.” The Warwick Summer Arts Festival is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

AFS celebrates new digital projection at Strand Theatre


The Adirondack Film Society, which received NYSCA funding given to the Strand Theatre to acquire digital film-projection equipment, will present a series of screenings. Beginning July 16 with “A Night at the Opera,” the series also includes “Sullivan’s Travels,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” and the world premiere of “The Night We Met,” an independent feature directed and co-written by Albany filmmaker Jon Russell Cring shot in and around Schroon Lake. “Introducing North Country filmgoers to filmmakers and other industry professionals—typically, in small, intimate, up-close-and-personal settings—is one of the chief calling cards of the Adirondack Film Society.”


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