NYSCA in the News

We’re right in the middle of summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for NYSCA grantees. This week, two festivals – one near Cooperstown and one in Manhattan – are featured; grant info sessions are taking place in Livingston and Monroe Counties and Brooklyn; and MoMA PS1 celebrates 40 years.


Glimmerglass, the Opera Festival That’s Closer to Nature


“One cannot get much more Americana than Cooperstown, [home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.] But just 8 miles north of Cooperstown on Otswego Lake lies the Glimmerglass Festival, known up until 2011 as Glimmerglass Opera. Run since 2011 by Francesca Zambello, who is also the artistic director of the Washington National Opera in D.C., Glimmerglass runs from early July to late August every summer and is the second-largest summer opera festival in the U.S. Glimmerglass celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and sells close to 35,000 tickets every summer.” According to artistic and general director Francesca Zambello, 50 percent of the audience is local within a 2-hour radius. This season centers on a theme of “Unjust Accusations” and includes Robert Ward’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

Nine Shows Extended at New York Musical Festival


The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theater Festival, has announced extensions for nine productions – A SCYTHE OF TIME, LISA AND LEONARDO, CHILDREN OF SALT, EH DAH? QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER, TINK!, DUST CAN’T KILL ME, SINGLE, NEWTON’S CADLE and CAMP ROLLING HILLS. Additional extensions may be announced at a later date. These shows take inspirations from sources such as Edgar Allen Poe, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Tinkerbell from “Peter Pan.” For a full list of extension performances, visit nymf.org/extensions.

The Anti-Museum Director: Alanna Heiss on the 40th Anniversary of PS1 Contemporary Art Center


“Alanna Heiss founded the PS1 Contemporary Art Center in an abandoned school in Queens in 1976. The building had no roof, no windows, no plumbing, and no electrical wiring. This remained the case even after Heiss opened the first exhibition there in June that year, called simply “Rooms.” The show is now legendary—a remarkable sampling of contemporary art from the mid-’70s and probably the pinnacle of site-specific installation, with each work created for its sublimely decrepit context” After settling on a museum location in Long Island City, she began work with a $100,000 grant from the New York State Council for the Arts and a $100,000 bank loan. PS1 merged with the Museum of Modern Art in 2000. As part of the anti-museum’s 40th anniversary, Heiss has organized a show at PS1 influenced by “Rooms,” along with the rest of the first decade in the institution’s history, called “FORTY.”

Livingston Arts schedules info sessions for grants


Information sessions have been scheduled through Aug. 23 in Livingston County for the Genesee Valley Arts Grants at Wadsworth Library, 24 Center St., Geneseo. Sessions last about 90 minutes. Individual artists and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants, which are funded through the New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization grant program. Community-based projects and new initiatives taking place in 2017 are encouraged to apply for funding. Livingston Arts also administers decentralization grants for Monroe County. Five information sessions are scheduled in Monroe County where applications are due in November. To learn more, visit http://grants.livingstonarts.org.

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) Announces 2017 Community Arts Grants


Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) has announced fall deadlines and summer info sessions for its 2017 Community Arts Grants. BAC Grants, supported in part by NYSCA, annually distributes nearly $350,000 to help fund arts and cultural projects in all disciplines across the borough. Applications opened Friday, July 15th, 2016, and will close on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Registration is now open for BAC Grants Information Sessions, taking place borough-wide from August 1 through August 29, 2016. New applicants and those that have not been funded since 2014 are required to attend. For eligibility guidelines and a complete schedule of upcoming grants seminars, as well as application tips and other resources, please visit: brooklynartscouncil.org.

How can Riverhead attract additional tourists?


“In recent years, a consistent theme has emerged in Riverhead: marketing the town as a destination for shoppers and vacationers. To reach that goal, community members have partnered with Sustainable Long Island, a non-profit economic development organization, and Long Island Arts Alliance, a network of art organizations. Their focus is on expanding tourism…and emphasizing the town’s arts and culture services.” Supported by NYSCA, the project includes “creating a master plan for the initiative, developing a ‘comprehensive arts and culture tourism map’ for the Riverhead corridor and having ALON Marketing Group develop specific travel trade packages for the town.”

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