Monthly Archives: July 2017

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.