Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Stephen Petronio Company Buys a New Home in the Catskills

New York Times

“The Stephen Petronio Company, which has spent the last year fund-raising for a permanent home for its nascent choreographic residency program, has bought a 175-acre property in the Catskill Mountains. Called Crows Nest, the $1.3 million property, near Cairo, N.Y., includes about 9,000 square feet of residential and studio space. It will house the Petronio Company and the Petronio Residency Initiative, which is to begin in summer 2018…A $3 million fund-raising campaign to cover the costs began in January, with much of the early money coming from the sale of artworks given to Mr. Petronio to raise funds. Mr. Petronio, 60, who often collaborates with artists, received gifts from the sculptor Anish Kapoor and other artists, including Jasper Johns and the painter Cecily Brown.” NYSCA supports the Stephen Petronio Company through our Dance and Individual Artists Programs.

Pictures, Places and Things: Martin Scorsese’s Archive of Himself, Now in Queens


Photographs, scripts, drawings and storyboards are among artifacts of Martin Scorsese’s more than 60 years of filmmaking on view at the Museum of the Moving Image in “Martin Scorsese,” “a tour through the process, places and people of his movies and television.” Objects and excerpts from films such as “Taxi Driver,” “Mean Streets,” and a documentary featuring the director’s parents, are included in the exhibition. Screenings of his films will also be held. NYSCA supports the Museum of the Moving Image through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

Over 250,000 Photographs from the George Eastman Museum Go Online


“The George Eastman Museum…recently launched an online platform that allows you to search through over 250,000 objects from its collections. Aside from thousands of photographs that date back to the medium’s earliest years, the digital archive also features objects from its massive library of artifacts that together chronicle the history of image-making, from vintage cameras to film splicers to advertisements for the Eastman Kodak Company.” More than 8,000 photographers are represented in the museum’s holdings, including collections of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Lewis Hine, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Nickolas Muray, and Edward Steichen. Objects are being added to the online database on a weekly basis. NYSCA supports the George Eastman Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

[Exclusive] The Guggenheim’s First Robotic Artwork Is Out of Control


“An enormous robotic arm, brandishing a giant squeegee, is poised over a pool of dark liquid which ceaselessly oozes outwards. With quick, smooth, aggressive movements, the machine performs a calculated dance, pivoting and dragging its squeegee across the surface in a perpetual labor of wiping the liquid back to the center. Can’t Help Myself, presented in the new exhibition Tales of Our Time, is an imposing installation by artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu which holds the title as the Guggenheim’s first robotic artwork…With Can’t Help Myself, we are witnessing artificial intelligence following a choreography set by the artists. ‘As long as the human’s potential is not limited, any artistic potential of robots will not be restrained,’ the artists tell The Creators Project. ‘More and more mechanical devices have entered our lives and even become part of our bodies. It is natural that they enter the art world.’” NYSCA supports the Guggenheim through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

Must-See Performance Festivals Kick Off 2017

Village Voice

“The beginning of the year is always a highlight of the New York theater season, for its array of festivals featuring adventurous international and interdisciplinary work. The Public’s Under the Radar, P.S.122’s COIL, and American Realness, co-presented by Abrons Arts Center and Gibney Dance, are highlights, and this year’s offerings are as diverse as ever.” Site-specific performances and works encouraging participation through technology such as virtual reality are among trends. NYSCA supports the Public Theater through our Presenting and Theatre Programs; P.S.122 through our Presenting and Individual Artist Programs; Abrons Arts Center through our Presenting, Arts Education and Facilities Programs; and Gibney Dance through our Dance and Arts Education Programs.

Ballet Tribute to David Bowie to Make New York City Premiere


“A ballet paying tribute to the ‘iconic and chameleonic spirit’ of the late David Bowie is heading to New York for the first time. For two weeks starting on Jan. 24, Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform ‘Star Dust’…at the Joyce Theater…The ballet features performances set to nine of Bowie’s songs, including ‘Life on Mars,’ ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide,’ ‘Changes’ and ‘Space Oddity.’” NYSCA supports the Joyce Theater through our Presenting and Dance Programs.


Opportunities: Conferences and Events in January

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Ready for 2017? We have information about three events taking place in January that may be of interest to New York State arts organizations:

APAP | NYC: Global Performing arts conference at marketplace – January 6-10

The conference brings together more than 3,600 presenting organizations, artists, managers, agents, support organizations, vendors, consultants, speakers and arts leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 33 countries. Engage in professional development, attend live performance showcases, participate in the world’s largest performing arts marketplace, network with colleagues and conduct business.

The New York State Presenters Network Winter Meeting – January 8

The meeting will take place from 11:30 AM – 1 PM at The Joyce Theater, and will include an update on funding opportunities, discussion of block booking tour plans, and mixing with other presenters and performing artists.

Chamber Music America 39th Annual Conference – January 12-15

CMA’s conference will feature keynote speaker Michael Kaiser discussing the future of the arts in America and will include ensemble showcases as well as sessions on topics such as performances outside the concert hall, data-based decision making, in-home concerts, DIY publicity, and relationship-building in communities.


Time to Prequalify: What NYSCA Applicants Need to Know

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NYSCA’s FY2018 application will be available in early 2017. But you can Prequalify now – and we recommend it! To help get you started, we have six tips from NYSCA’s Prequalification experts.

  1. Prequalify ASAP. We highly recommend you become Prequalified well before you start your application. In fact, you can begin the process now. You must be Prequalified by the application deadline in order to receive NYSCA funding. For some organizations, Grants Gateway registration and Prequalification can take as long as 2 weeks, so start early!
  2. Read the Manual. If you are brand new to Grants Gateway, New York State’s grants portal, we recommend you read the following links first: the Vendor Prequalification Manual, Maintaining Prequalification, and Documents and Questions.
  3. Log In as Delegated Administrator. This is the only account role that will allow you to Prequalify.
  4. Check Your Status. If you are a returning applicant, check your status in Grants Gateway. If it says “In Review,” “Expired,” or “In Modification,” you are NOT Prequalified and will need to update your document vault.
  5. Examine Your Vault. If you are not currently prequalified, make sure all your documents are up to date – not just your financial statements, but also your board and staff lists, integrity information, corporate address, and other organization information.
  6. Remember the Non-profit Revitalization Act. Make sure your information accords with the most recent updates to the Non-profit Revitalization Act. This year, an update has been made requiring that organizations in which the board chair is a staff member provide a Board Resolution approving this dual role. More information is available at, and NYSCA will also post updates at Update: Please review the Non-profit Revitalization Act at


NYSCA in the News

The end of the year brings good news for our grantees, with mentions on best-of lists and events to look forward to in 2017.

A Too-Rare Chance to See City Ballet’s Current Stars Dance on Television

New York Times

“The final performance of the company’s three-week engagement last summer in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris will be broadcast over two consecutive Friday nights in February as part of the Great Performances series. The program, which WNET announced on Tuesday, is set to air on Feb. 17 and Feb. 24 at 9 p.m., though viewers should check local listings. It will showcase City Ballet performing several Balanchine works set to the music of French composers.” Featured dancers include Sara Mearns, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Lauren Lovette, Megan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Tiler Peck, Andrew Veyette, Teresa Reichlen, Sterling Hyltin, Jared Angle, Amar Ramasar, Tyler Angle, Alston Macgill, Anthony Huxley, Brittany Pollack and Taylor Stanley. NYSCA supports New York City Ballet through our Dance and Individual Artists Programs.

The Best Art of 2016

New York Times

Among this year’s best, according to the New York Times, from NYSCA grantees: the Met Breuer, the Brooklyn Museum, The New Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim Museum. Exhibitions of note included Antonio Lopez at El Museo del Barrio, Mierle Laderman Ukeles at the Queens Museum, “Jerusalem 1000-1400,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kerry James Marshall at the Met Breuer.

ArtOneida book and website celebrate art across Oneida County

Madison County Courier

“After a year’s research, members of the ArtOneida team have found over 150 works of public art across the county, representing over 130 years of history. You can see 50+ of these works highlighted in their new book, titled ArtOneida, available at Munson Gallery Gift Shop, Signature 81 and online at Even more artwork is shown on the accompanying website, at This 127-page glossy, full color book highlights public art throughout Oneida County and brings the power of public art to your fingertips…The artwork ranges from 19th century monuments of local heroes to chainsaw carvings, community murals to contemporary sculpture at Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, and from intricate stained glass to “yarn-bombs.” The works span a range from 1884 to 2016.” This project is sponsored by Sculpture Space, in Utica, a grantee in our Visual Arts and Individual Artists Programs.

Kids can create something out of gift boxes at Herschell Carrousel Museum

Buffalo News

After you’ve opened your presents, it’s OK to play with the boxes at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum during “Cardboard Creations” week. Kids are encouraged to put aside their cool gifts, bring the cardboard gift boxes to the museum, then use their imaginations to create anything with the supplies provided during the Christmas break, from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, at 180 Thompson St. Workshop participation is included in the regular admission, $6 for adults and $3 for children ages two and up. The “STEM Snow Days: Cardboard Creations” event is open to all ages. It will also be the last chance to ride the carousel before the museum closes for the season. More information is available at NYSCA supports the HCFM through our Museum Program.

[Exclusive] The Top 25 Most Instagrammed Art Spaces of 2016


This analysis comes directly from Instagram, who sorted out the top contemporary art museums, galleries, and creative districts in the country, and ranked them based on the geotagged location tied to each site. NYSCA grantees included were the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, The Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, The New Museum and the Met Breuer in New York City, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City and the Brooklyn Museum.

New Opportunity: NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund

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The new NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), which will support organizational growth and the development of new work for the professional theatre in New York State, opened its application November 16 with a deadline of January 9, 2017 at 5:00pm.

The grant is open to organizations with annual budgets under $500,000. Awards for range from $2,000, to $6,000. Decisions will be announced in mid-February 2017. More information on the grant, eligibility, and application requirements are available on the A.R.T./New York website.

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Photos: Governor Cuomo Shares Public Art Plans for New York State

This morning at the Museum of Modern Art, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the largest commitment to New York public art in decades, in conjunction with the opening of the Second Avenue Subway on January 1, 2017. At NYSCA, we share the view that “art is New York. It is part of our economy, it is part of our identity, it is part of our culture, and we should celebrate that in public works the way we have,” and it was an honor to be present as new plans were unveiled.

The Second Avenue Subway will feature new mosaic works by Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz and Jean Shin. For more information, click here. Below are our photos from the event, including images of the subway stations and plans for a new project to light up New York’s bridges:

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“If a child never walks into a museum, but just goes through their daily course of conduct, they will be exposed to art, and it will prompt their imagination,” said Governor Cuomo.

NYSCA grantees receive National Endowment for the Arts awards

Congratulations to the following NYSCA grantees who received funding from the NEA fall cycle, which included grants in the areas of Art Works, Art Works: Creativity Connects, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. To view a full list of project descriptions, click here.


Wave Farm


Albany Symphony Orchestra


Bard College


Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Documentary Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Pregones/PRTT


A Public Space, Archipelago Books, Art In General, BRIC Arts | Media, Bang on a Can, Batoto Yetu, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Belladonna* Collaborative, Big Dance Theater, BAM, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Builders Association, Center for Performance Research, Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Civilians, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Films Association, Dance Theatre Etcetera, Mark Morris Dance Group, El Puente, Eyebeam, Franklin Furnace, Groundswell, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Issue Project Room, JazzReach, New Amsterdam Presents, BOMB Magazine, One Story, Opening Act, Opera On Tap, PS122, Pratt Institute, Rooftop Films, Roulette, Smack Mellon Studios, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Ugly Duckling Presse, UnionDocs, Wet Ink Music Productions


Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, CEPA Gallery, Just Buffalo Literary Center, White Pine Press


Nightboat Books


Thomas Cole Historic House


American Dance Asylum




Art Omi

Howes Cave

Iroquois Indian Museum


Hudson Opera House


Cinema Arts Center

Long Island City

SculptureCenter, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Chocolate Factory

Mount Tremper

Mount Tremper Arts

New Windsor

Storm King Arts Center

New York

52nd Street Project, Harlem Stage, African Film Festival, Alarm Will Sound, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Amas Musical Theatre, American Composers Orchestra, League of American Orchestras, Americas Society, Anthology Film Archives, Apollo Theater, Architectural League of New York, Artists Alliance, Arts for Art, Atlantic Theater Company, American Ballet Theatre, Tere O’Connor Dance, The Watermill Center, Carnegie Hall, Center for Art, Tradition, and Cultural Heritage, Chamber Music America, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Cinema Tropical, City Parks Foundation, Clubbed Thumb, Concert Artists Guild, Doug Varone and Dancers, DANCENOW, Pentacle, Dances for a Variable Population, Design Trust for Public Space, Dia Art Foundation, Dieu Donne Papermill, Educational Video Center, Kaufman Music Center, Electric Literature, Electronic Arts Intermix, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Feminist Press, Ping Chong and Company, Film Forum, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Foundation for Independent Artists, Foundry Theatre, Four Way Books, French Institute Alliance Francaise, Friends of the High Line, Games for Change, The Acting Company, Harvestworks, Abrons Arts Center, Hester Street Collaborative, HERE Arts Center, House Foundation for the Arts, Hudson Guild, Inta, Inc., International Center of Photography, Jazz Foundation of America, Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jewish Museum, The Joyce, La MaMa, The Lark, The Laundromat Project, MAPP International Productions, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Mama Foundation for the Arts, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, The Center for Fiction, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Opera, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Movement Research, Inc., Museum at Eldridge Street, Music from China, Music at the Anthology, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, National Musical Theater Network, New 42nd St, New Dramatists, The New Group, New Music USA, The New School, New York Chinese Opera Society, New York City Ballet, New York Classical Theatre, Center for Architecture, The Public Theater, New York Stage & Film, New York Theatre Workshop, Bellevue Literary Press, New York Youth Symphony, Noche Flamenca, Dixon Place, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons, Recess, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Roundabout Theatre Company, Salvadori Center, SITI Company, Second Stage Theatre, Signature Theatre, Third Street Music School Settlement, New Ohio Theatre, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stephen Petronio Company, Stuttering Association for the Young, TENET, Tectonic Theater Project, Times Square Alliance, Tribeca Film Institute, Trisha Brown Company, Van Alen Institute, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Women Make Movies, The Wooster Group, Words Without Borders, Young Audiences New York, openhousenewyork, Ars Nova, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Municipal Art Society of New York


Copland House, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art


Jacob Burns Film Center

Port Chester

Clay Art Center


Spark Media Project


Queens Museum




Boa Editions, George Eastman Museum, Geva Theatre Center, Rochester Fringe Festival


Women’s Studio Workshop

Saranac Lake

Historic Saranac Lake

Saratoga Springs



Union College Concert Series


Thalia Spanish Theatre


CNY Arts, Erie Canal Museum, Light Work Visual Studies


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

White Plains



Center for Photography Woodstock, Maverick Concerts

SUNY Global Center Designated Landmark of New York

Chancellor Zimpher Announces New York City Landmark Designation of SUNY Global Center


Photo Caption: Christina Davis, Chair of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, joins Chancellor Zimpher for the unveiling of a New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation plaque at SUNY Global Center.

New York City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced a Landmarks of New York designation of the SUNY Global Center, the university system’s New York City headquarters. The designation, presented by the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, safeguards the building as part of New York City’s history.

“With a campus or learning center located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state, SUNY is a prominent part of New York’s past, present, and future,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “We are proud of our growing presence in New York City and honored to receive this landmark designation from the historic Preservation Foundation.”

“The site that now houses the SUNY Global Center is one of the most distinguished townhouses of the early 20th century in Midtown Manhattan, and a treasured New York City Landmark,” said Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission. “I would like to thank Chancellor Zimpher and The State University of New York for being thoughtful stewards of this historic property. Today’s plaque unveiling underscores our joint commitment to ensuring that the best of our past is preserved.”

Christina Davis, Chair of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, said, “On behalf of the NY Landmarks Preservation Foundation, we are pleased to participate in the “unveiling” of the plaque, denoting an important individual landmark, one of our signature outreach programs of the Foundation.”

The SUNY Global Center, located at 116 East 55th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue in midtown Manhattan, has a number of uniquely designed spaces that regularly host a variety of events, including educational and non-profit functions as well as corporate and private events. The facility features contemporary furnishings, state of the art audio/visual equipment, and an on-site event management team to ensure the success of every event.

According to the Landmarks Law, the designation safeguards buildings and places that represent New York City’s cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history is to stabilize and improve property values; foster civic pride; protect and enhance tourist attractions; strengthen the economy; and promote the use of historic landmarks for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of New York City.

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chair of the Landmarks50+ Alliance and the New York State Council on the Arts, said, “It is a special pleasure to join the chancellor and other dignitaries today to celebrate the SUNY Global Center, one of the last great private homes to be built in New York City before the Great Depression, and now an important educational facility that serves the public. Congratulations to Chancellor Zimpher, and to this public institution, the State University of New York, for recognizing the potential of our City’s historic buildings; that they may be effectively and efficiently adaptively re-used, and find new uses, and new functions, for future generations.”

About Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is the largest municipal preservation agency in the nation. It is responsible for protecting New York City’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them after designation. The Commission was created in 1965 through groundbreaking legislation signed by the late Mayor Robert F. Wagner in response to the losses of historically significant buildings in New York City, most notably, Pennsylvania Station.

About the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation

The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1980. The Foundation raises funds from public and private sources. In addition, the foundation sponsors Lunch at a Landmark, its annual fund raising benefit. The Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the activities of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as to provide funds for educational outreach programs. For more information, visit

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

NYSCA in the News

Picasso, baby! A special stroller tour at the Albright-Knox

Buffalo News

“When [The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has] an amazing exhibit, like “Picasso: The Artist and his Models,” they want to show it off to anyone and everyone. Even babies…Baby stroller tour: On the first Wednesday (10:30 to 11 a.m.) and Saturday (1 to 1:30 p.m.) of each month, parents (and caregivers) can bring their babies for a fun, 30-minute art baby stroller tour. The only thing they ask is that you have one adult per stroller. The tour is included with gallery admission (free for members).” NYSCA supports Albright-Knox through our Museum Program.

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Poised to Be Broadway’s Next Big Hit

The Street

“Dear Evan Hansen officially opened at the Music Box Theater on Dec. 4, moving to Broadway after a hugely successful run at the Second Stage Theater in New York earlier this year. With an impressive creative team, a bold, original new story and a wave of good buzz behind it, Dear Evan Hansen may become the next Broadway sensation and the season’s breakout hit…The show centers on the titular Evan Hansen, a socially awkward, anxious high schooler who unexpectedly finds himself at the center of a family tragedy…The Off-Broadway production won several industry awards, including the Helen Hayes award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, the Drama Desk award for Best Lyrics and the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor.” NYSCA supports Second Stage Theater through our Theatre and Individual Artist Programs.

Brooklyn Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ fuses dance and technology for a Christmas classic

New York Daily News

“This reimagined holiday classic screams Brooklyn. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” gets infused with hip hop and a pinch of Kings County culture in this new production by the Brooklyn Ballet.” The production transfers the classic story first to Old Dutch Brooklyn and then to today’s Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, with culturally diverse dance styles and costumes that incorporate LED lights activated by motion sensors. NYSCA supports Brooklyn Ballet through our Dance Program.

“The MA 30 Professionals of the Year: The Innovators”

Musical America

Among Musical America’s honorees this year are Paola Prestini, Executive/Creative Director of National Sawdust and Beth Morrison, Creative Producer of Beth Morrison Projects. NYSCA supports National Sawdust through our Presenting Program and Beth Morrison Projects through our Music and Theatre Programs.

Curbed gift guide: 21 perfect presents for New York City fanatics


From Curbed’s Holiday Gift Guide: “Zabar’s & The Museum of the City of New York Gift Tote ($119): Two NYC institutions teamed up for this perfect gift for the homesick New Yorker, which comes with Zabar’s bagels, black-and-white cookies, Fox’s U-bet chocolate syrup and a bottle of seltzer (for those perfect egg creams), and a loaf of chocolate babka.” “Adopt a building in The Panorama of the City of New York: This is an oldie but a goodie—the Queens Museum’s enormous scale model of the five boroughs has an adopt-a-building program, where for as little as $50, you can own a piece of the city. Kind of.” “Tenement Museum tours (prices vary): This Lower East Side museum chronicles the important history of immigration in that neighborhood (where many flocked to in the late-19th and early-20th centuries), with several tours that look at the Irish, Italian, and Jewish experiences. The gift shop is first-rate, too.” NYSCA supports the three organizations through our Museum Program. MCNY is also supported through our Architecture + Design and Facilities programs; the Queens Museum is also supported through our Arts Education Program; and the Tenement Museum is also supported through our Regional Economic Development Council Program.

#NYSCASuccess: Your Stories

We asked our grantees to tell us about their achievements — and now we have  good news to share! Here’s a sampling of what’s been working for arts organizations  across New York State, including new programs, audience expansion, promoting accessibility, effective fundraising events, and capacity building initiatives. And, in case you missed it, check out our #NYSCASuccess feature on the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.


Ensemble Studio Theatre

During the 2016/2017 season Robert Askins’ Hand to God, which was developed and premiered at Ensemble Studio Theatre, is the most produced play in American regional theater, according to American Theater Magazine.

With nine new artists inducted this fall, EST now supports a lifetime membership base of 628 Ensemble Artists, including actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and stage managers.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Ogdensburg Command Performances

Largest audience ever for Ogdensburg Command Performances: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performed for an audience of 940!   In addition to members of the Moscow Ballet, 43 local student dancers participated.

Class Acts is a program that brings theatrical events to area schools for students in grades pre-k to 12.  Six shows will be presented this season; one of them is based on the wildly popular book Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School part of the bestselling children’s series by Barbara Park. 2,863 students and teachers attended a total of 3 performances in Ogdensburg, all of which sold out! This season is only half over and already 6,856 students and teachers from 25 different schools in 2 counties have participated.

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

The 2016 election was a boon to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and related sites in Rochester, NY. As almost 10,000 visitors made a pilgrimage to Susan B. Anthony’s grave site at Mt. Hope Cemetery, the media turned its attention to the suffrage leader. Interviews with CNN Digital, the NYTimes, and the BBC were viewed by millions, and the 14 hour lifestream on Facebook by local reporter John Kucko had attracted several million viewers, including Barbara Streisand. The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House has been breaking attendance records since the election, and is looking forward to NY Suffrage Centennial events in 2017.



pentacleOn September 22nd Pentacle and the Rubin Museum of Art presented Body Wisdom: Pentacle Celebrates 40 Years. This was a unique event in which we paired dance artists with art exhibits throughout the museum and created a personal curated experience for the viewers. Together we raised $30,000 to directly support our work with dance artists throughout New York City, the country, and the world.

Many of the 380 dance artists and companies whose work Pentacle has championed were in attendance that night to celebrate all that we have accomplished together over the past four decades.

Thank you NYSCA for standing by Pentacle and our community of working performing artists for 40 years. #NYSCASuccess

Pan Asian Rep

Every year, Pan Asian Rep hosts a benefit dinner at the Golden Unicorn in NYC’s Chinatown. This year’s benefit dinner, held on November 10, 2016, surpassed our projected goals and was our most successful Chinatown benefit yet! The event was well-attended by 136 guests, and we were so grateful that Councilwoman Margaret Chin was able to attend and say a few words in celebration of Pan Asian’s 40th Milestone Season this year! It was a very exciting evening, recognizing Art and Action, honoring three remarkable individuals: Queen of Jazz Cobi Narita, Veteran Photographer and Archivist Corky Lee, and In Memoriam Playwright, Performer, and Paleontologist Cherylene Lee.


Indie Theater Fund

Because of our funding from NYSCA, for a part time salary for our Executive Director, we were able to DOUBLE our granting for this year. The NYSCA funding allowed our ED to go to meetings with donors, have one on one conversations with participants and grow our membership from 190 companies and venues to 277!




The Society for New Music

In 2015, the Society for New Music began presenting themed dinners prior to new American operas in Cazenovia during Caz Counterpoint.

In 2015 John Lennon’s favorite foods were featured at the Lincklaen House prior to Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields opera, which drew people from across Upstate NY prior to the performance next door in the historic opera house. Only standing room was available for the performance, with 12 & under free.

Based on that success, in 2016 Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn’s favorite foods were featured at the Lincklaen House prior to Pulitzer winner Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style opera. And again, reservations were made from Geneseo to Ithaca to Utica for this event, resulting in another packed house in the historic Caz Theater.

Project Y

Project Y is supporting our first-ever commission of new plays! This year we are funding the writing of two new plays by playwrights, Chiori Miyagawa and Crystal Skillman, writers who straddle the uptown and downtown NYC theatre scenes.


New Victory Theater

In 2016, The New Victory Theater launched its third season of autism-friendly performances and 21st season of sign-interpreted performances.:

Seven new Teaching Artists joined the New Victory staff, bringing the total roster to 56 Teaching Artists leading hands-on activities in the theater’s lobbies during public performances and teaching 1,300 classroom workshops throughout NYC this season.

Stay tuned for more #NYSCASuccess features — and tell us your story at or on Twitter @NYSCArts.