Monthly Archives: July 2017

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees transform a historic site through music and light art, collaborate on new dance residencies, share the art of double dutch, illuminate Native American culture, sing arias at Attica, and more.

Free BPO concert shines a light on the Richardson Complex

Buffalo News

“The Richardson Complex is about to shine. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing a free nighttime concert on the south lawn of the recently renovated architectural masterpiece. Along with the performance, the buildings will light up with extravagant moving images by local lightmapping artists Projex, with artistic direction by Keith Harrington. The concert is called ‘Enlighten.’…Designed by world-renowned architect H.H. Richardson, the Richardson Complex has long battled a sinister, and unfair, reputation. It was home for many years to the Buffalo State Hospital For the Insane. Many people see it as a place of tragedy and abuse. The buildings’ 19th century design can also seem dark and archaic. In reality, the hospital was conceived with the best intentions. Richardson was one of the most sought-after architects of his day, known for the beauty of his creations. The hospital also engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds…What better time to shine a light on the buildings than when the Richardson Complex, anchored by the new Hotel Henry, is seeing a rebirth? To emphasize themes of hope and healing, [Music Director JoAnn) Falletta has designed a program of music by composers who struggled with various conditions, including depression and alcoholism. Visuals of fireworks will add color to Handel’s ‘Music For the Royal Fireworks.’ Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from ‘Swan Lake’ accompanies visuals inspired by various patterns of the Richardson buildings. Rachmaninoff and Beethoven also figure in the evening. The light show’s theme will change with every selection.” NYSCA supports enLIGHTen through our Regional Economic Development Council initiative and provides general support to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra through our Music Program.

BAM and Lumberyard Create New Dance Residencies

New York Times

“The Brooklyn Academy of Music, in what it says is its first formal relationship with a residency partner, will join forces with the budding Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts organization in upstate New York to commission and nurture three new dance works. David Neumann, Kimberly Bartosik and Kaneza Schaal — artists from New York’s world of downtown dance and theater — were chosen for the partnership’s first year…The three artists will receive residencies at Lumberyard (formerly known as the American Dance Institute) in Catskill, N.Y., where their new works will have premieres ahead of being included in the Brooklyn Academy’s 2018 Next Wave Festival. The residencies come with a $10,000 development fee, in addition to technical and dramaturgical support, as well as housing, meals and transportation.” NYSCA supports BAM through our Presenting and Electronic Media & Film Programs and Lumberyard through our Presenting Program.

Native American culture celebrated in Victor

TWC News

“Making a connection through art: that’s the goal of the 26th Annual Native American Dance and Music Festival at the Ganondagan Historic Site in Victor…It’s an opportunity to experience both historic and contemporary Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, culture. ‘If you’ve been schooled in western knowledge, a lot of people will say we’re extinct a long time ago,’ said a member of the Akwesasne Women Singers who uses her Mohawk name, Kaiatahente. ‘And we are living proof that we still exist. And all those things that were given us, we’ve learned from the elders.’ That includes songs, instruments, dances, storytelling, and handiwork that have been passed down for generations. New this year is another way to experience living Native American culture: a juried art show that organizers say is the only one of its kind in the East…It’s even drawing people from abroad… ‘This is an opportunity to get to know the culture and kind of be ambassadors and really share what they know,’ said Joseph. ‘So Ganondagan really is a bridge between native and non-native cultures.’” Through the Regional Economic Development initiative, NYSCA provided Workforce Investment support to accommodate increased programming. NYSCA also supports Ganondagan’s festival through our Folk Arts Program.

The Art and Artistry of Double Dutch

New York Times

“Double Dutch may sound like child’s play, but it’s more than just skipping rope…While just about anyone can do it, the best practitioners use athleticism, finesse and musicality to transform it from a game into a choreographic feat. Yes, double Dutch is very much an art form. And who knew? It even has roots at Lincoln Center. Jill Sternheimer, the director of public programming at Lincoln Center, had no idea herself until she stumbled upon a video circulating on Facebook. The footage, from Skip Blumberg’s 1981 documentary ‘Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show,’ chronicled a competition held on the plaza…For ’Til the Street Lights Come On: Celebrating Double Dutch in New York City, which is part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday and Sunday, Ms. Sternheimer reached out to Kaisha S. Johnson, a founder of Women of Color in the Arts, who has produced events at Lincoln Center for the past 11 years…’I saw all of the black and brown faces on the plaza of Lincoln Center,’ she said. ‘In my lifetime, I haven’t seen that happen ever again. I thought, we have to revitalize this competition, but it has to be more than just a competition.’ Along with the return of the tournament, which was held on the plaza from 1974 to 1984, ’Til the Street Lights Come On will have jumping stations for all levels, demonstrations, panel discussions and a screening of Mr. Blumberg’s film to place the artistry and impact of double Dutch in a greater context.” NYSCA supports Lincoln Center through our Presenting and Music Programs.

Riverdale gets culture injection through summer concert series

Riverdale Press

“Under the comfort of a big tree and a summer breeze, jazz group Ginetta’s Vendetta perform for an intimate crowd at the Amalgamated Train Park seeking only one thing: audience enjoyment…The July 18 concert was the first of seven free summer concerts in the northwest Bronx this summer arranged by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and the Bronx Council on the Arts. And with six more concerts to go, this collaboration is far from over. Planning the event is a team effort. Early on in the year, Dinowitz’s office reaches out to the council to start work on the concert series by first figuring out how to reconnect with groups they’ve worked with in the past, creating new relationships with artists they pick, and figuring out what kinds of music will be a good fit for each venue secured. ‘Music is so segmented,’ Dinowitz said, ‘but I think it’s important for people to be exposed to a variety of music.’ The arts council is based in Morris Park, but the concert series lets the organization reach out to neighboring communities like the northwest Bronx, said Charlie Vazquez, the new deputy director of the Bronx Council on the Arts. ‘This is the perfect way for us to meet people during the better weather months of the year in a live family-friendly setting,’ Vazquez said.” NYSCA supports the Bronx Council on the Arts through our State & Local Partnerships Program.

Opera in Attica: Bringing Arias to a Maximum-Security Prison

New York Times

“For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festival had left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Tuesday morning, driving three and a half hours across the state [to Attica] to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall.” Classical music organizations such as Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have also been presenting their programs in prison settings in recent years. “Even the fictional classical scene has taken note: The Amazon series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ filmed an episode about a concert on Rikers Island…This year Glimmerglass performed its first English-language opera in Attica, singing highlights from Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’…Ms. Zambello described to the audience the opera’s story, recounting the twists and turns of a work about love, loss, race, murder, drug use, imprisonment, perseverance and hope. When she set the scene for one aria by saying that ‘a crap game starts,’ a murmur of recognition rippled through the audience. When she said that Crown, the opera’s villain, ‘murders someone impulsively,’ an inmate exclaimed: ‘Oh, man!’…Inmates and guards gave a standing ovation when the performance ended, and one inmate cried out: ‘Bravo! Encore!’ NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.

It’s a G Thing: Harlem’s National Dance Institute gives kids access to the arts


“The magic is in the movement for the tappers here at the National Dance Institute…the nonprofit’s summer program [expands] on the range of styles [students learn] during the school year. ‘The national dance institute works with over 6,500 children during the school year here in NYC in 41 schools,’ Ellen Weinstein, artistic director, explained…The majority of these young performers are from low-income communities and come far and wide for the chance to dance…NDI was founded in 1976 by the legendary New York City Ballet dancer, Jacques d’Amboise. He believed all kids have the right to the arts. ‘I just felt that a learned person should be able to sing or play a musical instrument, should know poetry and drama, and should be able to dance,’ d’Amboise said.  So he surrounds students with greatness: great paintings, great teachers and great musicians to help them evolve all-around. ‘Dancing gives me confidence and so I can do other things,’ Madeleine Ford described. ‘NDI is also about being kind to each other and making friends and stuff and that’s just like a really good life skill.’” NYSCA supports NDI through our Dance and Arts Education Programs.

Local Arts Funding Opportunities: DEC Application Deadline Calendar

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Council grantee choreographer, teacher and performer Annie Ferdous.

Through our Decentralization program, NYSCA provides funding to regional arts councils and centers to regrant to local arts organizations. This funding allows us to support a total of 2,500 arts groups in all 62 New York State counties.

At many of our Decentralization (DEC) sites, it’s time to get your 2018 applications ready.

The following DEC Sites have posted information about their 2018 grant funding including application deadlines, informational meetings and grant writing workshop opportunities:

Adirondack Lake Center for Arts (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties)

The Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts offers two categories of grant opportunities: Community Arts and Arts Education. All applicants must attend one of the scheduled grant writing seminars or request a consultation with the grant coordinator. The deadline for the 2018 grant application is October 23, 2017.


Arts Center of the Capital Region (Albany, Renssalaer, and Schenectady Counties)

The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers grants for Community Arts, Arts in Education, and Individual Artists.  Guidelines for 2018 applications are now available, and applications are due November 19, 2017.


Arts Council for Wyoming County (Wyoming County)

The Arts Council for Wyoming County offers grants opportunities for Individual Artists, Community Arts, and Arts Education. Check in with their website regularly for more information coming on 2018 grants.


Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties)

The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’s Presentation Funds grants have an upcoming deadline of August 7, 2017. Check in with their website regularly for more information on additional 2018 grants.


Arts Mid- Hudson (Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties)

Arts Mid-Hudson offers grants for arts and cultural projects, individual artists, and arts learning grants for after school and community-based programs in Duchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties. Deadlines for 2018 funding have passed. Check in with their website regularly for information about 2019 grants.


Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (Erie and Niagara Counties)

The Arts Services Initiative of Western New York offers grant opportunities in Community Arts, Arts Education, and for Individual Artists. The deadline for the 2018 applications is September 22, 2017.


ArtsWestchester (Westchester and Rockland Counties)

ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive grant program offers opportunities in three categories which include projects, artists and arts education. The deadline for the 2018 application is October 4, 2017.


Auburn Public Theater (Cayuyga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties)

Auburn Public Theater provides individual, community, and arts education grants through Finger Lakes Community Arts and serves Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. The deadline for all three categories is October 13, 2017.


Bronx Council on the Arts (Bronx County)

The Bronx Council on the Arts offers an Artist for Community grant opportunity and Community Arts Grants. The deadline to submit a 2018 Artist for Community grant is October 13, 2017. Grant writing workshops are provided and the last How-to-Apply workshop will be held on July 25, 2017 at 6:00pm at Green Worker Cooperatives. Community Arts Grants applications are due November 17, 2017.


Brooklyn Arts Council (Kings County)

The Brooklyn Arts Council offers grant opportunities for Local Arts Support. The deadline for 2018 application is September 20, 2017 and applicants will be notified in January 2018. For applicants that have not received a grant since 2015 funding cycle, attending an information session is required. Sessions will be held on July 31, August 2, 3, 8, 10, 19, 21, and 24 at various locations. Please see website for more details.


Cattaraugus County Arts Council (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties)

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council offers opportunities for grants in Artist in Community, Community Arts, and Arts Education. The deadline for the 2018 application is October 6, 2017. Grant application information sessions are being held periodically through September 29, 2017 at various locations. See website for more details.


Chenango Arts Council (Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties)

The Chenango Arts Council provides grants for community arts and arts education in Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties. The deadline for 2018 funding has passed. Check in with their website regularly for information about 2019 grants.


Community Arts Partnership (Tompkins County)

The Community Arts Partnership offers grant opportunities in three categories. The Grants for Arts Programs deadline is October 5, 2017, the Artist in the Community Grant deadline is October 12, 2017, and the Arts Education Grant deadline is November 20, 2017. All grant application deadlines are for 2018 projects.


CNY Arts (Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties)

CNY Arts offers grant opportunities in Community Arts, Individual Artist Commissions, and Arts Education. More information on deadlines and guidelines will be coming soon. All applicants must attend an informational seminar or fulfill one of the required alternatives.

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (Sullivan County)

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance offers Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants. The deadline for 2018 funding has passed. Visit DVAA’s website regularly for information about 2019 grants.

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (Genesee and Orleans Counties)

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council offers Reach, Ripple and Spark grant opportunities. The Reach grant provides funding to organizations for supporting arts and cultural programs and projects, the Ripple grant provides funding to individual artists, and the Spark grant provides funding to arts education initiatives. All grant application deadlines are September 29, 2017. The application portal opened July 24, 2017. All applicants that did not attend a grant workshop in 2016 for the 2017 cycle are required to attend this year. Workshops are available through August 11 attendees must make reservations at least two days in advance.


Greene County Council on the Arts (Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties)

The Greene County Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities for Individual Artists, Community Arts and Arts Education. The deadline for the 2018 grant application is September 30, 2017. One-on-one meetings and application draft review will be available through September 14, 2017. All applicants must attend an informational meeting in the county they are applying. Sessions will be held July 24, 30, August 7, 8, and 15. See their website for details on time and location. meetings-dates/


Huntington Arts Council (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)

The Huntington Arts Council offers Creative Individual grants, Creative Communities grants and Creative Learning grants. All applications must be received by December 1, 2017. All applicants are required to attend a grants workshop. The grants workshop schedule will be available soon.


Livingston Arts (Livingston and Monroe Counties)

Livingston Arts offers grant opportunities to Artists in Education, Individual Artists, and Community Arts. For Livingston County, applications are due September 21, 2017. For Monroe County, applications are due October 19, 2017.


Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (Warren and Washington Counties)

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council offers Community Arts grant opportunities for Organizations, Individuals, and Education. The 2018 application deadline is October 27, 2017. All new applicants are required to attend and informational seminar or set up a meeting with the grants coordinator. Workshops will be held July 21, August 1, 29, and September 7 at various locations. Returning applicants must make the grants coordinator aware of their intent to apply by September 29, 2017.


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York County)

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offers grant opportunities for Creative Engagement and Creative Learning. The 2018 grant application deadline is September 12, 2017. All first-time applicants are required to attend an information session.

Returning applicants interested in Creative Engagement grants must attend a session if they have not attended an information session for Creative Engagement, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, or The Fund for Creative Communities in 2014 or later.

Returning applicants interested in Creative Learning must attend a session if they did not attend one in 2016. Session dates for both grant programs will be held July 24, August 8, 9, 14, 24, 31, and September 6 at various locations. See website for details.


Putnam Arts Council (Putnam County)

The Putnam Arts Council offers grants opportunities for high quality artistic and cultural projects which take place in Putnam County and are open to the public Check in with their website regularly for more information coming on 2018 grants.


Queens Council on the Arts (Queens County)

The Queens Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities to organizations and individuals. These categories include the Arts Access Grant, Community Arts Grant, Community Engagement Commissioning, the New Work Grant. The deadline for all 2018 grant applications is October 26, 2017. Applicants applying for the first time and returning applicants that have not applied in the last two years must attend an information session at a group session or an individual meeting with a QCA staff member.


Roxbury Arts Group (Delaware County)

The Roxbury Arts Group offers grant opportunities for Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artists. Grant information sessions will be held August 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, and 15 at various locations. Attendance is highly recommended. The application period will be open between September 1 and October 27. A link will be made available on the website beginning September 1.


Saratoga County Arts Council (Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)

The Saratoga County Arts Council offers grant opportunities for Community Arts, Artists, and Arts Education. For 2018 grant applications, the letter of intent deadline is September 15, 2017, the application review deadline is October 12, 2017 and the application deadline is November 2, 2017. New applicants must attend an in-person seminar or a live webinar. Pre-registration is required.


St. Lawrence County Arts Council (Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties)

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has three funding programs: Public Art Fellowship, Teaching Artists’ Fund, and Community Arts Grant. The 2018 grant application deadline is September 15, 2017. First-time applicants must attend a grant workshop. Workshop will be held July 25, August 1, 10, and 12 at various locations.


Staten Island Arts (Richmond County)

Staten Island Arts offers grants for artists, arts and cultural organizations, and arts-in-education programs. Applications for 2018 projects will be available in September 2017. Check in with their website regularly for further instructions and guidelines for 2018 grants.

NYSCA Grants in Action: City of Water Day with Long Island Traditions

City of Water Day, a celebration of the waterfronts of New York and New Jersey rang in its tenth year this July. Often held on Governors Island, this year, the event took place at Hunts Point Riverside Park, presented by Long Island Traditions—a NYSCA grantee—and non-profit organization Rocking the Boat.

In addition to exploring the waterways that border the Bronx, community members had the chance to learn about maritime crafts and traditions, and listen to traditional Trinidadian music, all presented by Long Island Traditions.

Park-goers enjoy steelband music by musician Ricardo Greenway

Long Island Traditions, directed by folklorist Nancy Solomon, is dedicated to the preservation of Long Island’s traditional culture, in particular the rich maritime history and contemporary culture. Long Island Traditions is supported by NYSCA’s Folk Arts program.

Rocking the Boat, a non-profit located in the south Bronx, teaches students to work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Every Saturday during the summer Rocking the Boat hosts Free Community Rowing Programs, where community members board student-made boats and have the chance to explore their community while rowing down the Hudson.

Chris Letts was among the maritime masters who joined the celebration at Riverside Park. A retired fisherman who has worked up and down the Hudson River, Chris shared his favorite seafood recipes, how to fish for eel, and talked about the impact of environmental changes on the fishing industry.

Chris Letts, pictured here with a crab trap and eel-spear.

Chris was joined by two other maritime masters.

Peter Sherman is a sailmaker who has worked with Rocking the Boat many times. Peter works to repair the organization’s sails and has recently taken on an apprentice. Together they explained the different kinds of materials used for sails over the years and demonstrated to visitors the techniques and tools used by sailmakers.

Peter Sherman and his apprentice, McKinney previously a student, who now works at Rocking the Boat.

Boatbuilder and half model maker, Chris Hale was also “on deck” at City of Water Day. Chris has built boats all over Long Island, but that day he was showcasing his model building skills.

Chris Hale pictured here, showing a young visitor how he shapes his models.

For more information on Long Island Traditions and Rocking the Boat please visit  and

Commemorating Women’s Suffrage: Seen and Heard at the Everson Museum


“Seen and Heard” exhibition on view through August 27, 2017 at the Everson Museum of Art

This year, NYSCA honors the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Through our Regional Economic Development Council initiative, we have provided FY2017 grants to organizations commemorating the occasion through their programs. In addition, on this blog, we will regularly pay tribute to grantees who honor the Centennial and showcase the impact of women in New York State arts and culture.

For our latest Women in NY Culture feature, we spoke with DJ Hellerman, Curator of Art and Programs at the Everson Museum of Art, about the exhibition Seen and Heard: An Active Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage. Through NYSCA’s REDC initiative, the Everson received funding to create this summer exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in New York State. Seen and Heard explores the use of the arts as a catalyst for social change and features the work of nine contemporary artists as well as several works from the Everson’s collection. By presenting Seen and Heard, the Museum hopes to empower citizens to participate in the local democratic process by sharing their unique perspectives, to create positive change, and to demonstrate the role of the Everson as a community resource for activism through the arts.

Located in Syracuse, the Everson houses 11,000 works of American art – including one of the largest ceramics collections in the U.S. – in an I.M. Pei-designed building. In addition to NYSCA’s REDC initiative, the museum receives support through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

“Seen and Heard” exhibition on view through August 27, 2017 at the Everson Museum of Art


NYSCA: Why did the Everson Museum choose to focus on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial to create Seen and Heard?

DH: What a great opportunity to focus on political representation. Women’s Suffrage is an important part of New York’s history and its impact is not confined to the past. We decided to do a commemoration because the Suffrage ethos is still active in Central New York.

NYSCA: Why include contemporary artists, and why these artists in particular?

DH: It was important for us to work with artists actively engaged in issues of representation and visibility at this moment.

The artists in the exhibition bring a wide range of life experiences and bring many different perspectives to the show. Those experiences become content in the artwork and give us the opportunity to have intergenerational conversations about some of the most important issues of our time. We also included artworks from our permanent collection as a way to provide an historical grounding for some of the issues each artist is addressing.

NYSCA: What issues does the exhibition address, and how?

DH: Women’s issues, of course, primarily the ongoing fight for equal rights and representation for women, but also ideas about women’s bodies. The exhibition also addresses issues of racism, colonialization, imperialism, and capitalism. In different ways, these are all –isms that systematically oppress an individual’s freedom.

The exhibition shows the arts as a catalyst for social change by urging viewers to wake up and pay attention. We aim to spark ideas, and nudge people into action.

NYSCA: Can you describe a few of the pieces in the exhibition that exemplify its goals?

DH: Lionel Cruet depicts the interactive nature of the environment using digital printing, performance, and installations. Cruet’s At the End of Daybreak centers on a massive semi-translucent cube. Video projections throughout the gallery show an erupting volcano, which spews lava and bursting fire—all natural phenomena that have the potential to create new geological formations. The title of the installation refers to Cahier d’un retour au pays natal (1939), translated as Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, a book-length poem by Martinican writer Amié Césaire. A Speculative Atlas of the Caribbean is a photo installation from Cruet’s growing archive of images that explore the tensions and contradictions inherent to those with social and political power.

Mildred Beltré is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in grassroots, social justice political movements, their associated participants, structures, and how those ideas affect social relations. Her work for Seen and Heard centers around non-hierarchical, prefigurative politics. In creating banners featuring provocative imagery and playful double entrendrés, Beltré uses humor to ask what it means to want to create a world free of sexist, racist, capitalist, and imperialist subjectivity and what it takes to make revolution desirable. For Beltré, social change requires putting one’s own body on the line, having “skin in the game” as well as laughter, warmth, and human connection.

Jessica Posner is a feminist artist who creates experiences, objects, images, and language in response to cultural, historical, and structural violence against female subjects. Since moving to Syracuse in 2013, Posner has used butter—a product she associates with the populist butter sculptures of the New York State Fair—as a metaphor for a delicious, fleshy, and slippery body politic. VENUS is a life-sized reinterpretation of the Venus of Willendorf, a four and a half inch tall figurine carved between 28,000 and 24,000 BCE. Posner’s VENUS, a large fleshy female form whose womanliness is accentuated even more due to her size, is totemic and powerful, commanding attention and respect. At the same time, Posner incorporates her typical blend of ironic humor: the figure, carved from Styrofoam, is covered in a butter and beeswax mixture she developed by watching YouTube videos of Tibetan monks making sacred butter sculptures integral to their religious practices.

NYSCA: What do you most hope visitors will take away from the exhibition?

DH: We’ve got a lot of work to do. And, that work happens together.

NYSCA Grant Opportunity: Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program, a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts
and the Preservation League of New York State.

This program provides support for consulting projects that preserve New York State’s cultural and historic resources. The grants will support professional services of architects, engineers, and other design and preservation professionals working with not-for-profit groups and municipalities to preserve their buildings, structures, and other resources that serve an arts and/or cultural function. The Preservation League of New York State administers the TAG Program, which is supported by regrant funding from NYSCA’s Facilities Program. Applications are due September 11, 2017.

Please note that you first must discuss your project with the Preservation League before you can receive an application. Applications are not available online.

Who is eligible to apply?
Not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing an arts/cultural facility only. Please note that state agencies, groups that steward state-owned buildings, NYS-owned sites, religious institutions, and private property owners are ineligible for this program. Prior grant recipients must have successfully completed their funded project to qualify for future grants. Eligible groups may apply for only one project per grant cycle. The applicant group must be the owner of or have at least a 6 year lease on the resource that is the subject of the TAG application.

What project types can receive TAG support?
The applicant group may apply for short-term, discrete projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, arts facilities including opera houses and theaters, and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include:
1. Building Condition Surveys
2. Engineering/Structural Analyses
3. Feasibility/Reuse Studies
4. Specialized Conservation Studies
Please note that this program cannot fund architectural plans and specifications/construction documents.

How can the TAG funds be used?
TAG is intended to support the direct costs of carrying out the types of projects described above. These can include: consultant fees, in-state travel, photography, report production costs, and other associated expenses. Grant funds cannot be used toward applicant staff time or overhead costs.

What is the maximum grant award?
Grant amounts will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant’s project may not exceed $3,500.

Is a financial match required?
Yes. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost.

When are applications due?
The Fall 2017 submittal deadline is Monday, September 11th, 2017.

How are the applications evaluated?
Technical Assistance Grant applications are evaluated based on the model of the New York State Council on the Arts. An independent review panel scores applications on three criteria:
1. Historic Preservation and Project Excellence
— architectural and historic significance of the building, landscape or area
— appropriateness of the project budget and consultant(s)
— likelihood that significant restoration or planning work will result
2. Fiscal and Managerial Competence
— applicant’s ability to carry out the project within a stated schedule
— applicant’s ability to raise sufficient funds to complete the project
— how this project fits with the applicant’s long-term or strategic plan
3. Service to the Public
— arts and cultural public programming
— public programs meeting a community need
— local project support

When will applicant groups be notified of the results?
Applicants will be notified by phone, email, or post within six weeks of the application deadline. The successful applicant must:
1. Complete a contact with the Preservation League.
2. Provide evidence of the $500 match as a retainer with the consultant before TAG funds can be released.
3. Complete their project within six months of the contract date. Please submit one bound copy and a CD of the final product.

If your organization and your project meet the guidelines, please contact League staff to discuss your potential application. Prospective applicants MUST first discuss their potential project with the appropriate League staff person, applications are not online.

Frances Gubler, Preservation Associate | (518) 462-5658 x 10 |
Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation | (518) 462-5658 x 12 |

The Preservation League of New York State is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the Empire State’s historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods. The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program is made possible through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Art of the Day: History of Photography at the George Eastman Museum

Today marks the debut of a new NYSCA Network feature, Art of the Day, which will showcase the art, music, theater, film, literature, and dance our grantees are creating and curating throughout New York State.

Today’s art comes from the George Eastman Museum in Rochester and includes two stunning images from the exhibition ‘A History of Photography’: one of a steelworker atop a skyscraper and another of tourists climbing a pyramid.

This installation, on view from May 12 to October 8, 2017, provides an overview of the history of photography through photographs of architecture, one of the medium’s earliest and most popular subjects. The photographs were made by a variety of practitioners—professionally trained architectural photographers, tourists, artists—and highlight the wide range of approaches that photographers have adopted in their depictions of the built environment.

NYSCA supports the Eastman Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940). Steelworker, Empire State Building, ca. 1931. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee.

Maison Bonfils (French, active Beirut, Lebanon, est. 1867). Tourists climbing up a pyramid, ca. 1885. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, museum accession.

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NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees announce record-breaking attendance of 7 million, get ready for a 500-performance festival including a 3-D sound immersive igloo, celebrate 100th and 150th anniversaries, and more.

7 Frank Lloyd Wright Windows to Go Home

New York Times

“Hundreds of windows that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in the early 1900s for the Martin House Complex in Buffalo, N.Y., have ended up scattered in private and museum collections. Seven of them are about to return to the newly restored house, which was built for the soapmaking magnate Darwin Martin. The panes, patterned with green and gold checkerboards and chevrons, have long belonged to the University of Victoria in Canada, which is donating them to the house museum. Mary F. Roberts, the Martin complex’s executive director, said her team has spent years requesting the windows’ return from the university and from many other institutions. Many panes and other architectural components were removed during the Martin property’s decades of mid-20th-century neglect and then surfaced on the market. The University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Galleries will put the Martin windows on view for two months starting July 15, in an exhibition, ‘So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.’ After that, experts will reinstall the panes at the house…Among the institutions that own Martin windows are the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Fla.” NYSCA supports the Darwin Martin House through our Architecture + Design Program.

Metropolitan Museum Sets New Attendance Record with 7 Million Visitors


The Metropolitan Museum of Art “announced yesterday that it set a new record for annual attendance of seven million visitors, which surpasses last year’s then-record high of 6.7 million. Attendance has been growing over the last couple of years, exceeding six million since 2012. The figures, which were recorded over this past fiscal year ending on June 30, represent visitors across the museum’s three locations: the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters, and the Met Breuer. According to a press release, the jump in attendance stems primarily from the stream of people visiting the Met Breuer, which opened in the former Whitney Museum building last spring. It received a total of 505,590 visitors, nearly half of whom were counted in the attendance for the new location’s inaugural show on unfinished artworks. The rest of the numbers are divided almost evenly between the exhibition on Diane Arbus’s early photos and Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective.” NYSCA supports the Metropolitan Museum through our Museum and Presenting Programs.

Buffalo Billion II money to finance Graycliff visitor center, beach access

Buffalo News

“The Graycliff Conservancy is setting its sights on a new visitor and interpretive center with restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff Estate in Derby now assured. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed in a ceremony on the grounds what was reported six months ago: The State of New York, through the Buffalo Billion II program, will provide $3.7 million to complete all interior, landscaping and beach access work on the 8 1/2-acre estate designed for businessman Darwin Martin and wife, Isabelle. ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius brought beauty and grandeur to Buffalo and Western New York in the early days of the 20th century, and with the completion of the Graycliff manor project that legacy is preserved for the 21st century and beyond,’ Hochul said. Graycliff Conservancy president Charles Le Fevre expressed gratitude to the state for pushing the 20-year restoration project across the finish line. Work is expected to be completed on the Isabelle Martin House and smaller Foster House in 2018, as well as on the landscaping and gardens. Restoration of the Martin House Complex in North Buffalo is also expected to be finished next year with Buffalo Billion II dollars.” NYSCA supports Graycliff through our Architecture + Design Program.

3-D sound-immersive igloo, more than 500 performances among Fringe Festival lineup

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

For the sixth annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival running September 14-23, producer Erica Fee announced the return of the glittering Spiegeltent and additions including “a 40-foot, 3D, sound-immersive igloo, ‘with eight speakers to sooth and calm you after your difficult Fringe day.’ Difficult, in that the 10-day event will be impossible for a single human to experience in full, with 500 performances and more than two-dozen venues.” Comedian John Mulaney and French street theater company Plasticiens Volants are the headliners. “The rapidly-growing event drew 68,000 people last year with its mix of dance, music, theater, visual arts, comedy and puppets. This year will be a similar buffet of irreverence and serious arts… A closed-off Gibbs Street, renamed Fringe Street, with be host to free weekend events featuring local musicians and the breakdance competition ‘Street Beat’ on the second weekend of the fest. Teams can sign up for the competition at The free outdoor spectacles have become a signature moment at the Rochester Fringe, drawing thousands of people.” NYSCA supports the Rochester Fringe Festival through our Presenting Program.

Cazenovia Counterpoint celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage with art, music and literature

Syracuse Post-Standard

” ‘Celebrating Suffrage: Kindling the Flame,’ the 37th Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival for the expressive arts, will highlight staged scenes from a newly commissioned opera about Matilda Jocelyn Gage. The July 21 event is part of the annual celebration of visual, musical and literary arts [and venture of the Society for New Music] that draws crowds to the historic village throughout July…The new opera, ‘Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage,’ which will be staged in full later in the SNM season, is by Persis Parshall Vehar with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar. It tells the story of the Fayetteville native who worked alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to spark the women’s suffrage movement.” NYSCA supported the creation of the opera through our Regional Economic Development Council initiative and also supports the Society for New Music through our Music and Arts Education Programs.

As Glimmerglass returns, economic impact grows

Oneonta Daily Star

“For the Cooperstown area, baseball isn’t the only game in town. Now in its 43rd season, the Glimmerglass Festival in Springfield Center is continuing to bring jobs and visitors to the area through its world-renowned operas and classics of American musical theater. Founded in 1975, the festival has continued to grow every year since. ‘Every year we welcome about 30,000 to 35,000 people to the festival,’ said Francesca Zambello, artistic and general director of the Glimmerglass Festival. These patrons support the opera and local businesses, she said. Local restaurants and lodging accommodations also benefit from the visitors…Opera-goers also visit the towns surrounding Cooperstown, and many stay at the American Hotel in Sharon Springs. ‘Opera patrons tend to stay for three or four days so that they can see all of the operas, and we often have returnees,’ general manager Austin Jetton said…The Glimmerglass Festival employs about 30 people year-round, but its payroll increases to 350 people in the summer, according to industry figures. There is a wide variety of jobs available in such roles as commissary, singing and scenery. According to public tax records available from, there has been a steady increase in expenses spent on payrolls, salaries and employee benefits, with a 22.29 percent increase from 2012 to 2013 and a 4.37 percent increase from 2013 to 2014. The Glimmerglass Festival also has many summer jobs available for local teenagers.” NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta celebrates 100 years of music

Adirondack Daily Enterprise

“The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is entering its 100th season of performance, celebrating its long history through special events and remembering how the small orchestra fought to survive through the years…The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is one of only a handful of orchestras in the United States older than 100 years and has seen struggles and changes to provide the Adirondacks with orchestral music. In 1917 the Lake Placid Club began inviting 11 musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to play seven concerts a week…The sinfonietta as it is known today was brought about in 1939 after the musicians were pulled from Lake Placid as the Boston orchestra’s Tanglewood venue opened. The Lake Placid Club, which had hosted the musicians’ seven concerts a week, commissioned Paul White to organize 10 musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic and pick up the responsibility of bringing orchestra music to the Adirondacks…When the club was converted into an Army rest center…during World War II, the sinfonietta was not able to perform for the year…returning in 1946, the number of musicians and the music library grew as White included works from community composers including Lake Placid’s Victor Herbert and Bela Bartok, who spent time in Saranac Lake…By 1982, the newly incorporated Lake Placid Sinfonietta Inc. had raised a budget of $35,000 and has continued to put on annual shows to this day. A July 27 Centennial Gala will include a free fireworks show set to Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ suite. A Legacy concert on Aug. 6 has an open invitation to all musicians who have performed in past years.” NYSCA supports the Lake Placid Sinfonietta through our Music Program.

Learn About 150 Years of Prospect Park History With a New Exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society


“Prospect Park is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and Brooklyn Historical Society is joining in on the festivities with a new exhibit. The exhibit, The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, will examine the history of the park that’s become known as Brooklyn’s backyard. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who transformed an expanse of forest and swamp into an iconic green space. The history of the park will be told through informative panels and over 150 documents and objects. Postcards, scrapbooks and photographs will all be used to illustrate the relationship between the park and the public. Artifacts of note will include Olmsted and Vaux’s original plan of the Park…” NYSCA supports the Brooklyn Historical Society through our Museum Program.

Photos: NYSCA celebrates the Erie Canal Bicentennial

Mariah Maloney Dance and folk revivalists the Golden Eagle String Band join the Albany Symphony Orchestra for Water Music New York

We were thrilled to join our grantees last weekend to enjoy spectacular arts programs in celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial! Through NYSCA’s REDC initiative, New York State arts organizations are eligible to receive funding for projects that honor our historic waterways. A list of 2017 NYSCA-supported Bicentennial projects is available on our blog, including initiatives of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Corning Museum of Glass, both shown here.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Water Music New York tour from Albany to Lockport along the Erie Canal featured a week of free waterfront performances, including newly commissioned works celebrating the unique history and heritage of 7 canal communities. We stopped by Brockport to hear the ASO in collaboration with folk revivalists the Golden Eagle String Band and Mariah Maloney Dance. Congratulations to all on a seamless performance!

The Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge, a mobile hot shop offering glassblowing demonstrations along the Canal, drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Seneca Falls Canal Fest. We look forward to seeing more GlassBarge at the World Canals Conference in Syracuse in September!

Feeling inspired? NYSCA is now accepting applicants for 2018 projects. For more information, click here.

NYSCA Council Member Rita Paniagua and Executive Director Mara Manus visit the GlassBarge at the Seneca Falls Canal Fest.

Listening to the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Water Music New York in Brockport

Albany Symphony Orchestra music director David Alan Miller, NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus, NYSCA Council Member Hal D. Payne.

Blue skies over the Erie Canal — will your project be here next?

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees demonstrate how the arts drive tourism in New York State and transform public spaces, and two of our local arts council partners welcome new executive directors.

Corning glass museum one of brightest Finger Lakes tourism beacons

Democrat and Chronicle

“The museum has always been one of the top tourist draws in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions since it opened in 1951, but that star power has increased significantly since the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing opened in the spring of 2015, adding 100,000 square feet of display space. Attendance had already been on the rise over the previous few years, but after the new wing opened, visitors went from 438,000 in 2014 to about 460,000…Most visitors come from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but the museum is seeing growth in traffic from the Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas…International visitors account for 30 percent of the facility’s annual attendance…The Corning Museum of Glass draws visitors from more than 35 countries. At the top of the list is Canada, followed by China, India, Israel, Germany and France. Not only does the Southern Tier benefit from the 460,000 visitors who annually come to the Corning Museum of Glass, but so does New York state as a whole. In fact, the museum is so good at marketing itself that state tourism officials hold it up as an example for other attractions to follow.” NYSCA supports the Corning Museum of Glass through our Museum Program and Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Glimmerglass Festival productions explore ideas of homeland

Press Connects

“Thanks to various political upheavals and societal shifts in the past couple of years, ideas about what home and homeland mean today have moved to the forefront of the American consciousness. So when Francesca Zambello, the Glimmerglass Festival’s artistic and general director, shaped this summer’s season in Cooperstown, that theme resonated in the choices made from top to bottom. The festival’s main productions this year are George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Oklahoma!” (both of which open this weekend), Handel’s “Xerxes,” and Gaetano Donizetti and Salvatore Cammarano’s “The Siege of Calais.” The other offerings are just as diverse, including Derrick Wang’s “Scalia/Ginsburg,” a youth production of “Robin Hood” and the world premiere of the hip-hop opera “Stomping Grounds.”… Glimmerglass — which attracted around 35,000 ticket buyers in 2016 — has certainly grown since its first season in 1975, when the fledgling opera company staged four performances of “La Bohème” at Cooperstown High School for 1,200 local residents. Appropriately, the Alice Busch Opera Theater opened in June 1987 along the shore of Otsego Lake, the “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Today, dozens of singers, musicians and behind-the-scenes personnel from around the country settle in Cooperstown for a few months, with 40-plus repertory performances that mix established artists with up-and-comers through the festival’s Young Artists Program. The festival’s $8 million annual budget has an estimated economic impact of $20 million a year in the region…” NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.


Chenango Arts Council appoints new executive director

Chenango County Evening Sun

“At its regular meeting on June 22, the Chenango Arts Council (CAC) Board of Directors appointed Alecia ONeill the Council’s new executive director…ONeill received her BFA in theater design and stage lighting, with a double minor in linguistics and cinema studies/filmmaking from SUNY Binghamton, and earned a Master of Arts in theater production and management, also from SUNY Binghamton. She was an adjunct instructor in theater appreciation and history at Broome Community College and served for six years as marketing coordinator for the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. Her tenure as marketing and public relations coordinator at Wealth by Design Financial gave her an in-depth exposure to financial planning and budgeting. In June 2015, ONeill joined CAC as Marketing and Public Relations Director.” NYSCA supports the Chenango Arts Council through our State & Local Partnership Program.

Transforming Walking and Talking into Poetry at Madison Square Park


“Josiah McElheny made his artworks currently installed in Madison Square Park with other artists in mind: the green floor is for dance, the blue wall for music, and the red and yellow pavilion for poetry. Each week from mid-June until the beginning of October, an artist (or pair thereof) is in residence in one of these spaces, commissioned variously by the nonprofits Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House and creating new work with the help of the public…[including MC Hyland’s] A Walking Poets’ Library, a kind of laboratory for exploring the connection between walking and writing. Hyland was inspired by William Wordsworth’s long autobiographical poem The Prelude, which he wrote for his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge; she’s since begun penning “walking poems” that begin with a walk between two people…the endeavor will feature writing and bookmaking workshops; a site-specific library to which you can submit a book of your own; and walking salons with short talks on Puerto Rico, the rights of ecosystems, and more. It will all culminate in a night of readings throughout the park by those who’ve contributed poems to the library.” NYSCA supports the Madison Square Park Conservancy through our Visual Arts and Presenting Programs.

View Arts Center in Old Forge designates new executive director

Utica Observer-Dispatch

“The View Arts Center in Old Forge has a new executive director. Jeffrey Grimshaw was appointed to the position effective immediately, the Arts Guild of Old Forge has announced. The Arts Guild, which serves as the View’s board of directors, stated in a release that Grimshaw has past experience in nonprofit management through heading the Fulton YMCA and the Oswego County Workforce Development Board. Grimshaw also previously served at SUNY Oswego, directing both the Center for Not-for-Profit Excellence and the Office of Business and Community Relations, according to the Arts Guild. While at SUNY Oswego, Grimshaw worked with the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council by serving on the workforce development sub-committee. Additionally, Grimshaw has acted as an advisor in strategy and development for numerous nonprofits over the last 17 years.” NYSCA supports The View through our State & Local Partnership Program.

Eloise Hops Off the Page and into the New-York Historical Society

Mommy Poppins

“If you’re drawn to classic children’s literature, it’s time to don your fanciest frock and head over to the New-York Historical Society where a rawther special guest has taken up residence. Eloise, the brain child of cabaret singer-turned author Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight has taken over the museum’s second floor…Eloise at the Museum features the antics of the mischievous protagonist and gives a glimpse into her life at The Plaza Hotel…Young fans will appreciate the “house phones” lining the lobby entrance, where you’ll hear Bernadette Peters reading excerpts from the four beloved Eloise titles: Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime, and Eloise in Moscow. Upon entering the exhibit’s main galleries, kids can press a button on an old-fashioned record player to hear Thompson singing her song, “Eloise,” which was a top-40 hit in 1956 during the height of the Eloise craze. The bedroom also draws visitors in as Eloise’s bed and bookcases serve as a perfect place to curl up with one of her stories while mom and dad peruse the rest of the exhibit.” NYSCA supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum Program and Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program Recipients and Finalists Announced: $644,000 Awarded to 95 New York State Artists

New York, NY The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, which it has administered for the past 31 years with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The organization has awarded a total of $644,000 to 95 artists (including three collaborations) whose ages range from 25-84 years throughout New York State in the following disciplines: Crafts/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. Fifteen finalists, who do not receive a cash award, but benefit from a range of other NYFA services, were also announced. A complete list of the Fellows and Finalists follows.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding five per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 2,744. Since it was launched in 1985, the program has awarded over $31 million to more than 4,400 artists.

“Being an artist is hard work, and a struggle for many; a recent report by New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs found that 40% of the artists surveyed cannot afford art supplies and tools,” said Michael L. Royce, Executive Director, NYFA. “This sobering figure is one of the reasons why we are proud to support artists across New York State with unrestricted grants. For 31 years, artists of all disciplines have put the money towards anything that helps make their lives and practice easier, including buying the supplies and time they need to make their art and push their careers forward” he added.

New York State Council on the Arts Chair, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, said: “The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program supports New York State’s creative communities, and NYSCA is proud of our leadership role in this nearly 32-year collaboration with NYFA. Since 1985, NYSCA has provided $31 million in funding for this critical program. Each individual grant helps the recipient more freely engage in imaginative work, and expand the boundaries of creative media. It is gratifying to know that this program has made a real difference in the daily lives of thousands of artists, throughout New York State.”

Richard Barlow of Oneonta, New York, was awarded a Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. He expressed that “the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is an incredible validation of my work as a visual artist. As a relative newcomer to New York State, it also feels like an acknowledgement that I have established a successful art practice and presence in my new home.” He added that the money will “offset many of the costs of maintaining an active artistic practice: travel, shipping, residencies, materials, promotion, fabrication, etc., and in doing so will alleviate financial pressures and open some mental breathing room to allow for more creative work.”

Neda Toloui-Semnani, a Fellow in Nonfiction Literature from Brooklyn, New York, shared the following about her fellowship: “The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship has given me, a nonfiction writer, the luxury of resource. It has given me both peace of mind and a great deal of joy because I get to see through the final reporting and writing of my first book without compromising. It’s an extraordinary gift.”

Major funding is also provided by the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). Additional funding is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and individual donors.

Fellowship Recipients and Finalists by Discipline and County of Residence:


Sharif Bey (Onondaga)

Robert Bittenbender (Kings)

Kathy Butterly (New York)

Jack Elliott (Tompkins)

Hiroyuki Hamada (Suffolk)

Dave Hardy (Kings)

Valerie Hegarty (Kings)

Sophie Hirsch (Kings)

Jerome Johnson (Kings)

Robin Kang (Nassau)

Zaq Landsberg (Kings)

China Marks (Queens)

Melanie McLain (Queens)

Shari Mendelson (Schoharie)

Toshiaki Noda (New York)

Kambui Olujimi (New York)

Peter Opheim (Kings)

Jim Osman (Kings)

Lina Puerta (New York)

Patrick Robideau (Niagara)

Diana Shpungin (Kings)

Elise Siegel (New York)

Kurt Steger (Kings)

Joanne Ungar (Kings)

Crafts/Sculpture Finalists

Jarrod Beck (Ulster)

Panagiotis Mavridis (Kings)

Susan Meyer (Columbia)

Crafts/Sculpture Panelists

Mikhail Gubin (Queens)

Cal Lane (Putnam)

Ryan Sarah Murphy (Kings)

Armita Raffta (New York)

Kako Ueda (Kings)

Digital/Electronic Arts

Merche Blasco (Kings)

Jeremy Couillard (Queens)

João Enxuto and Erica Love (New York)*

LoVid (Suffolk)*

Melinda Hunt (Westchester)

Zohar Kfir (Kings)

Jen Liu (Richmond)

Amelia Marzec (Kings)

Eva and Franco Mattes (New York)*

Joseph Morris (Kings)

Ziv Schneider (Queens)

Pascual Sisto (Kings)

Christopher Woebken (New York)

Digital/Electronic Arts Finalists

Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats – Camel Collective (Queens)*

DeeDee Halleck (Ulster)

Mattia Casalegno (Kings)

Digital/Electronic Arts Panelists

Peter Burr (Kings)

Heather Bursch (Kings)
Moo Kwon-Hun (New York)
Gabriela Monroy (Kings/International)
Boryana Rossa (Onondaga)

Nonfiction Literature

Humera Afridi (New York)

Jennifer Baker (Queens)

Ava Chin (New York)

Mitchell Jackson (New York)

T Kira Madden (New York)

Alia Malek (Kings)

Joseph Osmundson (New York)

Brice Particelli (New York)

Ross Perlin (Queens)

Hugh Ryan (Kings)

Aurvi Sharma (New York)

Neda Toloui-Semnani (Kings)

Kelly Tsai (Kings)**

Alejandro Varela (Kings)

Katherine Zoepf (New York)

Nonfiction Literature Finalists

Brian Castner (Erie)

Lisa Chen (Kings)

Rong Xiaoqing (Queens)

Nonfiction Literature Panelists

Shahnaz Habib (Kings)

Abeer Hoque (Kings)
Annie Lanzillotto (Westchester)
Thaddeus Rutkowski (New York)
Eban Wood (Kings)


Desiree C. Bailey (Queens)

Jennifer Bartlett (Kings)

Wo Chan (Kings)

Alan Davies (New York)

Joey De Jesus (Queens)

Betsy Fagin (Kings)

Jameson Fitzpatrick (Kings)

Harmony Holiday (New York)***

Jake Matkov (Kings)

Uche Nduka (Kings)

Allyson Paty (Kings)

Tommy Pico (Kings)

Jayson Smith (Kings)

Ann Stephenson (New York)

Bridget Talone (Queens)

Michelle Whittaker (Suffolk)

Samantha Zighelboim (New York)