How the Albright-Knox Art Gallery raised more than $100m in just three months
“Last April, Janne Sirén, the director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, got an email that most museum leaders only dream about. [Jeffrey Gundlach, a Los Angeles-based billionaire] who had never before donated to the institution pledged to jump-start its $80m capital campaign with an ambitious matching scheme…In less than three months, it amassed more than $100m—a rate of more than $1m a day… As large institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York struggle to raise funds for ambitious expansions, the Albright-Knox’s rapid-fire campaign stands out.” NYSCA Council Member Amy Cappellazzo, a founder of the advisory firm Art Agency, Partners, aided in the fundraising effort. NYSCA supports Albright-Knox through our Museum Program.
The Philharmonic to Stream Young People’s Concerts
“When the New York Philharmonic televised its Young People’s Concerts from 1958 through 1972, it introduced new generations to classical music. Now the orchestra is updating the program: It said Thursday that it was putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free… The orchestra is calling the initiative “Young People’s Concerts Play!”… The orchestra also plans to send its teaching artists to schools around the city to demonstrate the new platform, and to get feedback to guide the development of future releases.” NYSCA supports the New York Philharmonic through our Music and Arts Education Programs.
TDF Costume Warehouse in Astoria Helping Arts Groups Around the Country
“Every day is dress up day at the Theater Development Fund’s Costume Warehouse. Located in Astoria, Queens, the building houses more than 80,000 costumes and accessories that can be rented by not-for-profit performing arts groups nationwide. NY1’s Frank DiLella takes you behind the scenes in this On Stage report.” The costumes have been donated and include those worn by well-known performers, such as Anthony Rapp’s “Rent” jacket, “Gypsy” costumes worn by Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone, and Pearl Bailey’s “Hello, Dolly!” costume. NYSCA supports TDF through our Theatre and Dance Programs.
Spark Media Project looks to ignite interest in film festival
The fourth edition of Spark Media Project’s Reel Expressions International Youth Film Festival is set for tonight at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. The organization will present 13 films, each of which runs less than 10 minutes. Two of the films in the festival originated at Spark. And in addition to the U.S., films submitted to the festival came from Canada, France, India and Australia. Filmmakers range from age 13 to 19. Spark and the film festival this year are partnering with the City of Poughkeepsie’s First Friday community event. Spark Media Project teaches media arts — including filmmaking and animation — to participants as young as 6 and as old as college-age teenagers. NYSCA supports Spark Media Project through our Electronic Media & Film, Arts Education, and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
Geva Theatre Center completes 51,832 s/f multi-phase renovation
“Geva Theatre Center has completed a seven year, multi-phase, top to bottom renovation of its 51,832 s/f home. This renovation has transformed Geva’s historic home, the former New York State Arsenal and Rochester Convention Hall, into a cultural asset serving people from all over the country, providing arts and cultural programs and contributing to the economic vibrancy of the region.” NYSCA supports the Rochester-based theater through our Theatre, Literature, Individual Artists and Facilities Programs.