Monthly Archives: July 2017

Women in NY Culture: 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)


NYSCA Grants in Action: Rural Artists thrive through NYSCA Creative Capital Professional Development Program

It is central to NYSCA’s mission to not only support the visual, literary, media, and performing arts in all 62 counties, but also to advance the field.  Creative Capital helps us to achieve this through a NYSCA Visual Arts Partnership Program.

Just a Moment by PDP participant Kristie Boisen

NYSCA’s Visual Arts Program in partnership with Creative Capital has modified the existing Creative Capital Blended Learning Program, creating the pilot version called NYSCA Creative Capital Professional Development Program, or just PDP for short. PDP helps to identify and better serve emerging and established artists in rural areas of the State, targeting the North Country and the Southern Tier in this initial pilot. The Program provides training to visual artists residing in New York State through a comprehensive package of workshops, webinars, and private online courses. Over the course of four months, artists learn essential skills to enhance their careers. Courses offered cover financial management, exploring streams of revenue, grants, and applications for fellowships and residencies. Once the program is completed, artists have access to professional development tools through Creative Capital’s website for an entire year, allowing them to continue monitoring their own progress after the program has finished.

A budding program, PDP has enlisted high caliber artists and prominent industry professionals to facilitate workshops, webinars, and courses. The faculty consists of arts professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and includes multiple Creative Capital grantees, such as Guggenheim fellowship recipient and performance artist Aaron Landsman ( Also among the program’s leaders are recipient of the Creative Capital Award and Artist Trust Fellowship, composer Byron Au Yong (; corporate strategic planner and arts business advisor for the TED fellows program, Colleen Keegan; and other reputable arts professionals.  NYSCA and Creative Capital are committed to providing accessible resources and a community for artists to achieve their goals. Regardless of experience level, or place of residence in New York State, the NYSCA Creative Capital Professional Development Program can be your gateway to setting an artistic career in motion or taking your career to the next level.

Kristie Boisen’s White Lake

The NYSCA Creative Capital PDP program is supported by NYSCA through our Visual Arts Program.  This PDP program is just entering its second year of operation. Here’s what last year’s participants are saying:

The shift that occurred today was both subtle and seismic. I’ve experienced enough transitions in life to recognize this as the beginning of a significant movement towards aligning my professional work and career with the practices and ideals I’ve been working very hard to cultivate in my personal, emotional, and creative life. I’m eager to continue this work, growing through and with the models, supports, and other participants of this incredible program. “

                                                                        –Jessica Posner,

It was a life changing experience for me, as it helped me to realize my goals and create a clear plan on how to achieve them. I feel truly blessed for having been a part of this amazing program. I look forward to keeping the Creative Capital doors open in the future.” 

-Kristie Boisen


For more information on Creative Capital’s Blended Learning Program, including a detailed schedule, full list of faculty, enrollment information, and pricing, visit Creative Capital’s website here:





NY Summer of Art: 10 Arts & Cultural Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

You’ve planned the beach trip, packed the summer reading – but what about entertainment? We have the scoop on 10 must-see NYSCA-supported arts and cultural festivals all over New York State this summer, featuring events from Shakespeare in historic Mid-Hudson gardens to Mozart under the stars at a Finger Lakes winery, from summer movie screenings in the Hamptons to a musical moonlit cruise on Lake George. And, if you’re looking for more to do, be sure to check out our Summer Guide!

Courtesy of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Adirondack Theatre Festival

At this festival, expect fresh mountain air and fresh performances. This season, broaden your theatrical horizons with a new electro-pop musical about Nikola Tesla, a corporate culture comedy described as The Office meets Game of Thrones, dinner theatre for kids, and more. ATF has been a launching pad for artists such as Lisa Kron of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home and Andrew Lippa of The Wild Party – so be prepared to discover the next big thing!

Glens Falls; tickets starting at $15; June 21 – August 12


Bard SummerScape 2017

SummerScape fills the scenic Hudson Valley with seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film and cabaret performances all connected to composer Fryderyk Chopin. In its 15th year at Bard College in the Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center on the Hudson River, the season features New York City Ballet MOVES, theater pioneers the Wooster Group and an opera rarity by Dvorak. Post-show, check out Bard’s signature mirrored Spiegeltent, where Tony-nominated performer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond will host cabaret and late-night entertainment, with guests including John Waters, Toshi Reagon, and Suzan-Lori Parks.

Annandale-on-Hudson; tickets starting at $25; June 30 – August 20



At New York’s far western edge, The Chautauqua Institution fills 750 acres with a unique mix of cultural, spiritual and athletic activities – including symphony, opera, theater, dance, and visual arts. The summer 2017 season performance highlights include a new rendition of L’Orfeo and the Harry Potter score in concert with the film. After the show, tour the grounds by bicycle, take in contemporary artworks in any of 10 galleries plus a sculpture garden, or take a swing on the historic golf course.

Chautauqua; tickets starting at $25; June 30 – August 20


Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

Among waterside wineries, Auburn is a superb setting for the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Broadway-style blockbusters for all tastes include classic Guys and Dolls, Jason Robert Brown’s Tony-winning tragedy Parade, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ghost the Musical, Always…Patsy Cline, and new works mini-fest The Pitch. Plus, follow local wine, beer, and cheese trails for pre- or post-show refreshments.

Auburn; tickets starting at $20; June 7 – October 11

A scene from Iris at Bard SummerScape

Glimmerglass Festival

Beloved by sports fans and culture aficionados alike, Cooperstown is a one-of-a-kind summer destination in the Mohawk Valley. The Glimmerglass Festival fuses world class opera with a relaxed setting in an open-air theatre on Lake Glimmerglass. This season includes iconic American music theater such as Porgy and Bess and Oklahoma!, baroque and bel canto opera, and a new one-act that gives voice to two Supreme Court justices: Scalia/Ginsburg. While you’re in town, you can also visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmer’s Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum.

Cooperstown; tickets starting at $26; July 7 – August 22


Hamptons International Film Festival

You don’t have to choose between a stunning Hamptons sunset and a relaxing movie night. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, HIFF will be screening 25 films from each year of the festival, with a wide range of hits including The Cove, Independence Day, Slumdog Millionaire, 20 Feet from Stardom, and Still Alice. HIFF will also be presenting its ninth season of SummerDocs hosted by HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin. Be sure to check their calendar for all the free outdoor summer screenings happening this summer!

Hamptons and NYC; ticket starting at no cost; June 25 – July 20


Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

The breathtaking, historic Boscobel House and Gardens is home to the highly-acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, which has been making Shakespeare a summer staple for three decades. Take a seat in HSVF’s open-air tent overlooking the Hudson River and enjoy the Bard’s comedy Twelfth Night, Lauren Gunderson’s Shakespeare origin story The Book of Will, the world premiere of Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice adaptation, a site-specific revival of Richard Nelson’s founding fathers drama The General from America, and a family-friendly Love’s Labours Lost.

Garrison; tickets starting at $20; June 8 – September 4


Lake George Music Festival

In the village of Lake George surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains, brilliant musicians from conservatories such as the Julliard School will perform live chamber and orchestral music, along with resident ensembles The Brooklyn Art Song Society and Balun. The festival begins with dancing at the Fort William Henry Hotel located right next to the grounds of the historic Adirondack fort, and also includes a moonlight lake cruise on the Minne-Ha-Ha.

Lake George; tickets starting at $10; August 11 – 24

Courtesy of the Lake George Music Festival

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Shakespeare in Delaware Park has been a summer tradition in Buffalo since 1976. The grand Tudor-style stage is set behind Delaware Park’s enchanting rose garden on a sweeping hill of green. SDP strives to embody the truths in Shakespeare’s stories: tragedy, jealousy, foolishness, passion, laughter, and love. This year’s selections are The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth.

Buffalo; FREE; June 22 – August 20


Skaneateles Festival

Hear Mozart under the stars in the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards led by world-renowned conductor David Zinman, bring the whole family for a kid-friendly performance of Peter and the Wolf, and more at the Skaneateles Festival in the Finger Lakes region. Not in the mood for classical music? You can also visit Skanfest for cabaret and jazz.

Skaneateles; tickets starting at $25 – discounts available, children FREE, Peter and the Wolf $5 with children FREE; August 9 – September 2

Mark Your Calendars: July Webinars

It’s not quite summer school, but this July, NYCON and the NEA are offering webinars that can help advance nonprofit organizations. NYCON’s member spotlight on Power Consulting will introduce the company’s technology solutions and management services and tackle cyber security issues, and the NEA will offer two training sessions for Our Town grant applicants. Read on for each organization’s description of their opportunities:

NYCON: Corporate Member Spotlight on: Power Consulting [Spotlight Webinar]

 July 12 at 10am. Presented by Chris Power, Founder & CEO

NYCON is pleased to welcome our newest Corporate Member, Power Consulting. Since 1991, Power Consulting has provided professional technology solutions, support, and management services for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Since 1992 they have helped many non-profits leverage technology to achieve their missions.  In this webinar, you can get to know the folks at Power Consulting, learn about their purpose, people and process – as well as the services they’re providing to nonprofits. During this webinar Chris Power, CEO & Founder, will also touch on a ‘hot topic’ for nonprofit leaders – “Cyber Security.” He will offer recommendations on simple but critical steps every organization should take to protect their privacy, productivity, and data from cyber attack.

Our Town: How to Apply

July 24 at 3pm

Design & Creative Placemaking Program Specialists walk through the application process and provide helpful hints for navigating the NEA’s new application portal. The FY2018 deadline for Our Town applications is September 11, 2017.

Our Town: Tips and Tricks for a Successful Application [NEA Webinar]

July 31 at 3pm

Design & Creative Placemaking Program Specialists will share tips on how to ensure your Our Town application is clear and compelling. We’ll also walk through the eligibility requirements and other guidelines, and will point you toward additional resources on Creative Placemaking that may be helpful as you put final touches on your application. The FY2018 deadline for Our Town applications is September 11, 2017.