This week, NYSCA grantees celebrate Tony Award nominations and share news of fundraising success for a new museum and a literary festival lineup.
Explore & More Children’s Museum gets $1 million donation
“The children’s museum coming to Canalside moved $1 million closer to its fundraising goal Tuesday. The New Era Cap Foundation, Buffalo Bills Foundation and Buffalo Sabres Foundation are giving a $1 million donation to Explore & More Children’s Museum to help construct the Playing Together educational play zone, which will be a prime attraction when the new museum opens. The opening is scheduled for late 2018…The gift comes on top of a previously announced $1 million contribution from Delaware North to fund an exhibit that will expand and enhance educational play experience, encouraging movement, exercise, and healthy living.” NYSCA supports Explore & More through our Museum, Regional Economic Development Council, and Folk Arts Programs.
2017 Tony Awards Nominees
The 2017 Tony Awards will air on Sunday, June 11th at 8/7c on CBS. “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812” leads the field with 12 nominations, including Best Musical. “Natasha, Pierre” was commissioned by NYSCA grantee Ars Nova. Transfers from off-Broadway grantees also include Best Play nominees “Indecent,” which ran at the Vineyard Theatre, and “Sweat,” which played the Public Theater. “Dear Evan Hansen,” which received 9 nominations, including Best Musical, ran off-Broadway at NYSCA grantee Second Stage Theatre. NYSCA grantees receiving nominations for multiple productions include Lincoln Center Theater for “Oslo” and the revivals of “Six Degrees of Separation” and “Falsettos,” Manhattan Theatre Club for “The Little Foxes” and “Heisenberg,” and the Roundabout Theatre Company for “The Price” and “Holiday Inn.”
200+ Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim
“A veritable art history degree’s worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free. There’s Wassily Kandinsky’s 1946 treatise, On the Spiritual in Art; books about movements from the Italian metamorphosis and Russian Constructivism; thousands of years of Aztec and Chinese art; and catalogs of work by the many greats to pass through the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed halls. Formerly locked in paper prisons (a.k.a., hard-copy books), analysis of work by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin, Robert Rauschenberg, Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko, and more is now free to roam the web as PDFs and ePubs. The initiative to publish certain entries from The Guggenheim’s vast library began with 65 catalogs published in 2012, and has now grown to 205 titles.” NYSCA supports the Guggenheim through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.
Celebrate 50 Years of the Brooklyn Arts Council at “Alive With Art”
“On May 18, the Brooklyn Arts Council will host ‘Alive With Art’, an event that will honor three community members who have supported cultural growth in Brooklyn. The honorees this year are Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, chairman of BAC’s board and president of the Pratt Institute; Futura, an influential graffiti and commercial artist whose work is featured around the borough; and Alloy Development, the Brooklyn-based firm behind the Brooklyn Children Museum’s Dumbo annex and The 2,000 Gallon Project, which brought trees to the streets of Gowanus. The 50th anniversary gala will take place at The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. Installed in the lobby of the hotel is Mannahatta – a site-specific artwork by Marela Zacarias. The Brooklyn Arts Council’s Arts Consultancy program helped to facilitate the lobby commission.” NYSCA supports the Brooklyn Arts Council through our State & Local Partnership and Folk Arts Programs.
Spring Writes festival features 35 literary events around Ithaca
“The eighth annual Spring Writes Literary Festival returns to Ithaca Thursday-Sunday, offering 35 events that feature more than 90 writers at 10 locations around downtown Ithaca. Presented by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the event aims to shine a light on local literary talent…Spring Writes will feature a variety of panels, readings, workshops, films, play readings and more. Participating downtown Ithaca venues include Buffalo Street Books, Bar Argos, The Community School of Music and Arts, Lot 10 Lounge, Cinemapolis, the Tompkins County Public Library, the Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace, the History Center and the Range. The festival kicks off on Thursday night with ‘Trampoline Presents: A Night of Competitive Storytelling’ and ends on Sunday evening with a Literary Murder Mystery Cocktail Party. In between are 15 readings, four workshops, six panel discussions, one play reading, two presentations, five performances, one film screening, one letter-press demonstration and one bookbinding demonstration.” NYSCA provides general support and regrant funding to CAP through our State & Local Partnership (SLP) Program and support for Spring Writes through our Literature Program. NYSCA also supports the Community School of Music and Arts through our SLP Program and and Cinemapolis through our Electronic Media & Film Program.
Spectacular light show will illuminate Kleinhans during Wagner’s ‘Ring’
“Forget hackneyed cartoons about horned helmets. Buffalo is about to see Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring’ in a new light. Literally. On May 6 and 7, orchestral excerpts from the four operas that make up the cycle ‘The Ring of the Nibelungs’ will pour out to the accompaniment of light-mapping, a spectacular kind of light show that beams over the entire hall. The lights are the creation of Projex, a Buffalo team known for experimental visuals. The light mapping will engulf the hall between musical excerpts. As the audience absorbs the images, the story will be told by a narrator, Dough Zschieger. The narration was written by JoAnn Falletta, the BPO’s music director.” Presenting visuals throughout the hall instead of on a screen will preserve the orchestra’s sound, and the images will show “21st century” versions of Wagner’s gods. Falletta sees the concert as a great approach to audiences new to Wagner and his four-opera epic. NYSCA supports the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra through our Music Program.