Monthly Archives: August 2017

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees report a record summer season, collaborate to build arts-driven economies, and announce exciting new fall programs.

Proctors Theatre CEO walks crowd through building an arts economy

Lake Placid News

“Dozens of North Country artists, business owners and residents met Tuesday, Aug. 22 to discuss how to use the arts as an economic driver in downtown Saranac Lake…The two-part meeting began with a talk called ‘The Creative Economy: Re-imagining Our Rural Downtowns’ from Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. He was hired by Proctors in 2002 as the region struggled and the theater faced a daunting future…Since his success in bringing money and visitors back to a struggling Schenectady, Morris told the audience about what he learned from using an artistic institution to bring economic stability to a city…A uniting thread throughout his talk was working with what is already there and staying authentic to the area, using people and resources…After Morris’ talk, a roundtable discussion moderated by North Country Public Radio Station Manager Ellen Rocco was held with panelists Jill Breit of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Amy Catania of Historic Saranac Lake, Joshua Kretser of The Strand Center for the Arts and Aaron Woolf, who owns the Deer’s Head Inn in Elizabethtown.” NYSCA supports Proctors Theatre through our Arts Education and Presenting Programs, TAUNY through our Folk Arts Program, Historic Saranac Lake through our Architecture + Design and Arts Education Programs, and The Strand Center through our State & Local Partnerships Program and Regional Economic Development Council.

ATF scores record summer season

Glens Falls Post-Star

“Before the first show of the Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 23rd summer season even opened in June, ticket sales were already breaking records. On June 20, Chad Rabinovitz, producing artistic director, said… ‘Last year at this exact time — a day before preview — we sold 1,250 tickets for our first show, ‘Island Song,’ which was a big hit as well. ‘The day is not over yet and we’re already at 1,700,’ he then said about this summer’s first show, ‘Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat.’ That record-breaking momentum continued throughout the summer, with ticket sales outpacing all previous seasons, Rabinovitz said on Wednesday from Bloomington, Indiana. ‘It was our most successful season, with 9,385 patrons,’ he said. ‘Three years ago, single tickets sales were 5,700, and subscriptions have increased from 570 to 1,195.’ There was such demand for tickets to ‘Tesla,’ an electronic pop musical, ATF had to add a show, and if there hadn’t been a tight time frame between shows, Rabinovitz said, they could have extended its run. ‘It was the best-selling show in ATF history, with over 3,000 tickets sold,’ he said. ‘What’s been so rewarding is hearing patron after patron come up to me after the show and say ‘It’s like Broadway is in Glens Falls.’ Many first-time ATFers are shocked at the production level and the quality from every element of the show.’ The buzz about ‘Tesla’ drew theatergoers from outside the area, including Vermont and Quebec, and as more people were introduced to the productions, ticket sales kept going up.” NYSCA supports ATF through our Theatre Program.

River dance: Battery Dance Festival takes center stage on Downtown’s waterfront

Downtown Express

“Downtown’s longest-running pro-bono dance festival returned to Battery Park City’s Wagner Park last week for its 36th year, featuring performances from dozens of domestic and international troupes in a seven-day, waterfront bonanza of groove. The Battery Dance Festival, which debuted as the Downtown Dance Festival in 1982, draws more than 12,000 people to Lower Manhattan every year for the spectacle of movement. The nightly two-hour shows in the park included as many as seven performances in an evening, plus free workshops at Battery Dance’s studio at 380 Broadway. The choreographic confab even had a festival-within-a-festival with the Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, which featured six Indian-culture dance companies from across India and the United States. Battery Dance takes its mission of connecting the world through dance quite literally, and the Downtown dance company uses its festival as a way to bring together dancers from across the country and around the globe. This year’s event featured 20 stateside dance crews, who were joined by international companies hailing from Belgium, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, and Botswana.” NYSCA supports Battery Dance through our Presenting and Arts Education Programs.

Andy Serkis to make directorial debut at Hamptons International Film Festival, with ‘Breathe’


“ ‘Breathe,’ the directorial debut of actor Andy Serkis (‘War for the Planet of the Apes’), has been chosen as the Sunday Centerpiece at the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival which will take place from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9. Serkis’ film stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as a real-life couple who attempt to continue living an adventurous life together after the husband is diagnosed with polio. Other films that were announced for this year’s lineup include ‘After Louie,’ starring Alan Cumming as an New York City artist during the AIDS epidemic, and the Iraq War drama ‘The Yellow Birds’ featuring Toni Collette and Jennifer Aniston. Both Cumming and Collette are scheduled to attend the film fest. The festival’s ‘A Conversation With . . . ‘ series will this year include director Rob Reiner, whose biopic ‘LBJ’ starring Woody Harrelson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, will be shown at the festival. Additional films to be screened include ‘Human Flow,’ a documentary about the global refugee crisis; the art-themed drama ‘The Square’ starring Elisabeth Moss; and ‘Oh Lucy!,’ a short film about a Japanese woman who takes on an American alter ego.” NYSCA supports the Hamptons International Film Festival through our Electronic Media & Film Program.

Eyebeam’s new artist-in-residence cohort is heavy on racial justice brooklyn

“New York art institution Eyebeam announced this week the new residents for the year that comes, all of whose work focuses on issues of racial inequity in society. The artists will receive $30,000 for the year and 24/7 access to Eyebeam’s facility in Industry City as they continue work on their projects. This year’s theme is trust, as it relates to democracy, ownership or community…This year’s artists in residence are: Dhruv Mehrotra​, ‘working on ‘Othernet: Internet Island,’ an autonomous alternative to the Internet.’…Stephanie Dinkins, ‘​creating an AI entity that reflects the concerns of communities of color.’…BUFU, ‘​creating an app that makes accessible a virtual archive and emergency resources for homeless QTPOC.’…[and] American Artist, ‘​insisting on both the visibility of blackness and erasure in virtual spaces.’” NYSCA supports Eyebeam through our Electronic Media & Film Program.

BPO is co-host of rare visit by national music conference

Buffalo News

“It’s a musical event almost as rare as the recent solar eclipse. As the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pointed out, the last time the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians met in Buffalo, Jimmy Griffin was the mayor, and the Buffalo Sabres still played at Memorial Auditorium. Now, almost 30 years after that 1988 event, the group is back. Its conference takes place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel from Aug. 22-26. The organization represents the top 52 orchestras in the United States. The conference here came about thanks in large part to Daniel Sweeley, who plays French horn with the BPO. Sweeley sits on the national board and serves as the BPO’s delegate to the organization. Each orchestra in the organization sends at least one representative, and other leading industry figures are also among the 110 people expected to attend. BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta is participating in one of the panel discussions, and so is the BPO’s distinguished tuba player, Don Harry. Discussion topics will include diversity in the workplace, pension concerns, health care, and community relations. Orchestra stability is a hot topic, and a talk will involve representatives from orchestras that have bounced back from the brink of extinction. The conference will also hear from orchestras that for the most part have managed smooth sailing.” NYSCA supports the BPO through our Music Program.

Albany Symphony releases new album

Albany Times-Union

“A new Albany Symphony album featuring three concerti by Hudson Valley composer George Tsontakis is now available on the Naxos label — the latest from a Grammy-winning orchestra with more than two dozen recordings under its belt. Released on Aug. 11, ‘George Tsontakis: Anasa-True Colors-Unforgettable’ was recorded at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the American Music Festival. Tsontakis, whose percussion concerto ‘Mirologhia’ was recorded by the symphony in 2006, has been a frequent collaborator under David Alan Miller’s tenure as conductor and music director…In a press release, Miller called Tsontakis ‘as one of our most important, creative living American composers.’ For more information on the ASO and its latest recording, see…The album is available for purchase at the box office at the Palace Theatre at 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, or via download and streaming at all the usual places.” NYSCA supports the ASO through our Music and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.


Art of the Day: Just Buffalo’s Annual Anthology “Wordplay”

Today’s art comes from Just Buffalo Literary Center in Buffalo and features the organization’s annual anthology of student writing, “Wordplay.” Released annually, “Worldplay” catalogs poetry from students ranging from grade 3 to grade 12 and showcases the talent and creativity of Just Buffalo’s young writers.

In addition to author readings and conversations and literary events, Just Buffalo provides its Western New York community with a writing center and  youth writing workshops.

NYSCA supports Just Buffalo through our Arts Education and Literature programs.

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees bring the avant-garde to Buffalo, share seniors’ stories in Rochester, prepare NYC students for fall auditions and more.

Storytelling helps Latino seniors preserve culture, memories

El Mensajero Rochester

“Minerva Morales said giving older adults a voice to express their memories and cultural values is worthwhile for the entire community. ‘We pass on our values and cultures … (and) let others know who we are and where we came from,’ she said. Morales was one of the members of Centro de Oro who shared reflections on their native countries, childhoods and other reminisces during a July 6 presentation at Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Floreano Conference Center at the Auditorium Theatre. About 50 family, friends and community members attended the event, titled ‘Cuentos del Alma: Keepers of the Culture.’ The presentation was part of the Creative Aging program at Centro de Oro, an Ibero-American Action League drop-in center that offers activities, companionship, and fitness and nutrition workshops for Latino seniors. Creative Aging programs are developed through a collaboration between the New York City-based organization Elders Share the Arts (ESTA), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Monroe County Office for the Aging, explained Julie Kline, ESTA program director. The partner organizations felt it was vital to reflect the diversity of Rochester’s elder population by offering a Creative Aging program at a center whose members speak Spanish, she added…Raquel Serrano, Centro de Oro’s program coordinator, said the seniors produced 47 submissions in Spanish that were to be published in an anthology. The book will be available for purchase at Centro de Oro for a $2 donation, she said. ‘They’ll be published poets and writers,’ noted [teaching artist Annette] Ramos. ‘Future generations will know their stories.’” NYSCA launched the Creative Aging partnership in collaboration with ESTA and the Monroe County Office of Aging through our Arts Education Program and also supports ESTA through our Special Arts Services Program.

Torn Space festival draws national performance companies to Buffalo

Buffalo News

“Since its founding in 2003, Torn Space Theater has sought to bring audiences to the edge of their comfort zones. The company’s productions have sometimes required audiences to traipse through derelict industrial spaces, sometimes wearing dust masks or white handkerchiefs. Its summer series of Silo City performances have become increasingly complex and impressive, sometimes involving helicopters flying overhead on cue, sometimes dousing performers in buckets of blood. On Aug. 18 and 19, Torn Space’s latest site-specific spectacle, “The Gathering,” will unfold on a stretch of gravel on the grounds of Silo City, the former industrial complex on the Buffalo River. It is the first of three productions featured in the company’s Response Performance Festival, an attempt to connect Buffalo audiences and artists with creators cutting-edge contemporary theater from across the United States. Company artistic director and co-founder Dan Shanahan said the festival is an attempt to fill in a missing piece of Buffalo’s theater scene: the opportunity to see top-notch avant garde work from outside the region. ‘In the Albright-Knox … you can see the work that is being created right now and you can engage with it in an immediate way. But there’s no one doing it in this area as far as theater,’ Shanahan said.” NYSCA supports Torn Space through our Theatre Program.

Guided tour ‘hacks’ downtown Corning art scene

Ithaca Journal

“Arts & Recreation, a new guided walking tour…will give special access and insight into some of Corning’s art stops. The leaders of the tour will play games, invent stories, and explore galleries with an insider twist. Groups will be no larger than 10 people, and those on the tour should be prepared to walk about 1.5 to 2 miles. Stops include The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Rockwell Museum, West End Gallery and 171 Cedar Arts. Guides will give directives that encourage interaction with the art in a new way. In between stops, tour guides will lead “hackers” along Market Street and tell stories of times gone by, maybe stopping for a game or two along the way.” NYSCA supports The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes through our State & Local Partnership, Folk Arts and Electronic Media & Film Programs; the Rockwell Museum through our Museum Program; and 171 Cedar Arts through our State & Local Partnership Program.

Summer a time for Symphoria to relax, connect with a new audience

Syracuse Post-Standard

Symphoria, the Syracuse-based symphony, presented 15 free symphonic and chamber music concerts this summer across Central New York – more performances than other regional symphonies like the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics and the Albany Symphony. Sean O’Loughlin, who conducted five concerts including the Fourth of July concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater, said these performances provide a more interactive relationship with the audience. ‘These concerts are very accessible between musician and audience – there’s not the typical stage and backstage area that you get in the theater,’ O’Loughlin said. People at the Northeast Wine & Jazz Festival at Clinton Square were free from the etiquette expected in concert halls and could to talk to their friends as the symphony played. Many shouted ‘woos’ or ‘yeahs’ when they heard something they liked…Many of the musicians talk to people and friends in the audience before and after the concert. Catherine Underhill, managing director of Symphoria, said there were more than 5,000 people at the Fourth of July concert at the amphitheater.” Concerts offered audience members, including young people new to classical music, a way to engage casually and without the challenges of winter weather. NYSCA supports Symphoria through our Regional Economic Development Council Program.

A Boot Camp Prepares Young Artists for High School Auditions


“Getting a chance to attend some of the most competitive performing arts high schools in New York City requires an audition. And to nail an audition, you need skills, a little extra polish and — perhaps most of all — confidence. A two-week program at Lincoln Center aims to give students the finishing touches they need to win a spot in a performing arts program, with tips on everything from technique to handshakes to posture. Welcome to “audition boot camp,” a program run jointly by Lincoln Center Education and the city’s Department of Education. It’s primarily for students in Title I schools, where at least 60 percent students come from low-income families…The camp launched in 2014 with 98 eighth-graders over concerns that the top audition schools did not reflect the diversity of the student population, said Carmen Fariña, the city schools chancellor.” NYSCA supports Lincoln Center through our Presenting and Music Programs.

The Bluffs Alive With Music for Montauk

Easthampton Star

“Beginning Sunday, the bluffs will be alive with the sound of music as Music for Montauk returns for a week of concerts under the direction of Lilah Gosman and Milos Repicky. Since taking over the program a few years ago, the couple have brought world-class musicians to “the End” to perform creatively conceived programs in unconventional outdoor locales. This year, the series will include four regular concerts and an “immersive musical experience” at a benefit event to be held at the Art Barge, on Friday, Aug. 25…On Sunday, the performances kick off at Fort Pond House at 5 p.m. with “The Opening of the Wells.” The program was inspired by “a Moravian custom to celebrate the fresh flow of spring water in the new season.” The songs and instrumental solos chosen “evoke water nymphs and the magic of the woods under the weeping birch tree in the evening light.” Additional events include Mozart and Schumann concerts and a tango night with cocktails and dancing. “Guests are encouraged to take picnics, chairs, and blankets to all of the free concerts, which are also family friendly.” NYSCA supports Music for Montauk through our Music Program.

Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

You are invited to join us!

NYSCA is pleased to announce that on Saturday, September 9, 2017, three decades of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships will be commemorated with the opening of the traveling exhibition Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY-New Paltz. The fellowship program has supported more than 4,000 artists in various fields in the visual arts, literature, and performing arts at critical stages throughout their careers.

NYSCA Chair, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, said: “We are pleased to acknowledge our fruitful, and long-lasting collaboration with NYFA. NYSCA has invested more than $30 million, to provide cash awards of $650,000 annually to artists, living and working in New York State. These fellowships provide unrestricted support, and have nurtured thousands of diverse, and engaged members of New York State’s creative communities. This outstanding exhibition, which will travel throughout New York State over the next three years, will offer an opportunity for the wider public to enjoy the tangible results of what NYSCA, in concert with NYFA, has initiated and supported.”

Participating artists include: Elia Alba, Ida Applebroog, Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Ross Bleckner, Wendell Castle, Tara Donovan, Chitra Ganesh, The Guerrilla Girls, Christian Marclay, Marilyn Minter, Lori Nix, Tony Oursler, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Shinique Smith, Carmelita Tropicana and Fred Wilson. In addition to the visual artists in the exhibition, the roster of NYSCA/NYFA Fellows includes such significant figures as A.M. Homes, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Lynn Nottage, and Suzan-Lori Parks in theatre and literary arts; Todd Haynes, Spike Lee, and Mira Nair in film; Meredith Monk, Julie Taymor, and Yvonne Rainer in the performing arts; and Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio in architecture.

The opening reception will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY, where it will remain until November 12, 2017. The exhibition will then travel to SUNY Cortland, Alfred University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Plattsburgh, Stony Brook University, and Westchester Community College.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Ronni Reich at; for more information about the NYSCA/NYFA fellowships, please visit:

NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel to speak at the Southhampton Historical Museum tomorrow

NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

On Thursday, August 17, at 4 PM, at the Southampton Historical Museum, NYSCA Chair, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, a leader in the fields of art, architecture, historic preservation and public policy will speak about her book, The Landmarks of New York, considered the definitive resource on the architectural history of New York City. The first director of Cultural Affairs in New York City and the city’s longest serving Landmarks Preservation Commissioner, she has held many other prestigious positions, written 23 books as well as countless articles, and been the recipient of many honors and awards. Her book offers an overview of the city’s architectural history, documenting and illustrating the 1,397 individual landmarks, 120 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 141 historic districts that have been accorded landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. A reception and book-signing will follow the talk, to be held at 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please call the museum at 631-283-2494 for more information.

Art of the Day: From Lens to Eye to Hand at the Parrish Art Museum

Audrey Flack (American, born 1931) Wheel of Fortune, 1977–1978 Acrylic and oil on canvas 96 x 96 Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2016.20. © Audrey Flack.

Today’s art comes from the Parrish Art Museum located in Water Mill and features works from the new exhibition, ‘From Eye to Lens to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today.

The show, on view from August 6, 2017 through January 21, 2018, investigates the origins and creative processes of photorealism. With roots beginning in the late 1960s in California and New York, photorealism was misunderstood its time, sometimes criticized as too traditional. Today, the use of photography as preliminary study for a painting is common practice, and we recognize artists who developed and excelled at this creative process as truly groundbreaking, with richly varied perspectives. Artists featured in this installation include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Audrey Flack, John Baeder, and Chuck Close among others.

NYSCA supports the Parrish Art Museum through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Programs.

Ralph Goings (American, born 1928) Miss Albany Diner, 1993 Oil on canvas 48 × 72 Heiskell Family Collection. © Ralph Goings.

Charles Bell (American, 1935-1995) Gum Ball No. 10: “Sugar Daddy,” 1975 Oil on canvas, 66 × 66, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; purchased with funds contributed by Stanley and Sheila Cooper, 1975, 75.2142 © Estate of Charles Bell.

Richard McLean (American, born 1934) Western Tableau with Rhodesian Ridgeback (Trails West), 1993 Oil on linen 48 × 70 inches Meisel Family Collections, New York. © Richard McLean.

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees honor Civil Rights leaders, imagine the year 2020, incorporate motion capture into site-specific ballet, rewrite Robin Hood as an opera, and more.

Freedom Wall: Civil Rights Leaders featured in New Public Art


“The 300 foot retaining wall at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Ferry Street in Buffalo used to be blank and grey. Now, four local artists are adding some color.” The four Buffalo-bred artists have been commissioned by the Albright-Knox gallery to paint the portraits of 28 civil rights leaders along the wall, including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and local leaders like Frank Merriweather. “Living here and being born here is like the most interesting part is some of these people you know and they’re still with us and I think that’s the most challenging thing to make sure that you really really create something that’s really representative of them,’ John Baker, one of the artists, said. The “Freedom Wall” is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day Weekend. NYSCA supports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through our Museum Program and Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

A Motion Capture Ballet Is Coming to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Rotunda


“This fall, the Guggenheim Museum’s iconic, spiraling rotunda will play host to more than just art hung from the walls. The museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed entrance hall, which is lit by skylight and comprises a wrap-around ramp that climbs seven stories, will also be the site of a newly commissioned, site-specific work by artist Daniil Simkin, titled Falls the Shadow. The project marks the launch of the museum’s Rotunda Project initiative, a new feature in the long-running Works & Process performing arts series, which commissions new works and introduces performers and creators to the museum’s audiences through shows, talks and events…The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer has brought in soloist Cassandra Trenary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Ana Lopez and Brett Conway to star in the newly commissioned work, which will be choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo…The dancers’—who will be wearing custom costumes by Dior—will be recorded using motion capture sensors, and their movements projected back onto the floor of the rotunda.” NYSCA supports the Guggenheim Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

40 Artists Set Their Sights on 2020

The Creators Project

“Many things come to mind when one thinks of 2020, the year when the United States of America will have its next presidential election. In this deeply divided moment, curators Amanda Hunt and Eric Crosby decided to stage an exhibition: 20/20 takes twenty artists from each of the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Carnegie Museum of Art, respectively, and organizes an exhibition that amounts to a prospective vision, examining the history of America, what’s at stake now, and what’s in store in the future… The show represents a radical break for both institutions, say both Crosby and Hunt. CMOA’s art is presented canonically, highlighting the march of time, while the Studio Museum’s collection is generally presented in the context of contemporary American life. “People are demanding more of museums,” says Crosby, “as curators we need to take objects out of the march of time and present them differently to see how art created long ago and recently resonate with today.” NYSCA supports The Studio Museum in Harlem through our Museum and Special Arts Service programs.

The World’s 10 Most Beautiful Sculpture Parks

Galerie Magazine

Galerie Magazine singled out NYSCA grantee Storm King Art Center in its roundup of “museums without walls”: “Established in 1960 as a way to showcase the majestic paintings from the Hudson River School movement, Storm King Art Center has evolved into one of today’s leading sculpture parks, with more than 100 contemporary works dotting a dramatic landscape of pastoral hills, breathtaking vistas, and tranquil ponds. An esteemed roster of artists—including Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Maya Lin, Barbara Hepsworth, and Alexander Liberman—all have pieces on the property, which is located an hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley. It’s the perfect day-trip for art and nature lovers alike.” NYSCA supports Storm King through our Visual Arts and Museum Programs.

CNY native Ben Moore updates Robin Hood legend for Glimmerglass world premiere

Syracuse Post-Standard

“Composer-artist Ben Moore’s world view and artistic perspective have been shaped by his roots in Central New York. Born in Syracuse, while his father studied at Upstate University Medical Center, and raised in Clinton, he earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Hamilton College in 1982 and an MFA in painting from Parson’s School of Design. While living and painting in Manhattan, Moore explored performing arts and did some acting for Riverside Shakespeare and “lots of little shows and readings.” But it was a musical theater workshop that got him hooked, or as he puts it, “I became obsessed with musicals.” Now, he’s setting “Robin Hood” for the stage – as a youth opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. ..Simply titled “Robin Hood,” this production’s merry band learns to “share the work and share the rewards,” lyrics to one of the choruses. The outlaws flout danger, avoid capture by outsmarting those in power, and subsist without the aid of government. Robin is still the hero. But characters have evolved. “We have exploded stereotypes,” Moore says. “Robin loves Marion for her strength, not for her helplessness.”  Big decisions in this version are made by consensus of all in the merry band, not handed down from Robin, who, with the help of the Red Bird, Scarlet, learns the best traits of leadership come with courage and justice. NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.

Art of the Day: Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents “High Above”

Today’s art comes from Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City and features a touching short film with an original song performed by Grammy-award winning artist India Arie.  The performance in this film displays the strength and mission of DTH’s diverse ballet company and the powerful and emotional connections their performances have with audiences.

NYSCA supports Dance Theatre of Harlem through our Special Arts Services and Facilities Programs.

NYSCA Near You: Rochester Arts Administrator Meet Up

Your arts community can be your greatest resource! NYSCA’s State & Local Partnerships Program has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Flower City Arts Center Arts to create a social meet up event Wednesday, August 9.

The session will provide opportunities for arts administrators to build and develop a local network. Participants will be able to discuss strengths and challenges of working in arts organizations. NYFA will provide resources from its Emerging Leaders Bootcamp program.

The event begins at 6pm at The Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, NY and is free and open to the public. Guests who plan to attend can RSVP here through Eventbrite.

NYSCA collaborates with NYFA on events that provide career development opportunities and resources throughout New York State. Next up will be a Resources and Services Talk in Olean. Stay tuned for details!

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendars! We’ve collected information about upcoming webinars from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the New York Council on Nonprofits and the National Endowment for the Arts that provide valuable information for New York State arts organizations.

The Art of Touring and Navigating The Performing Arts Market

Thursday, August 17 at 3pm

This session will discuss the current state of the performing arts market, building a professional team, routing, how to maximize your presence at conferences and getting on presenter’s radars. This webinar will be presented by Rachel Cohen of Cadence Arts Network and Mehmet Dede of Drom/NY Gypsy Festival.



Human Resource Law from A to Z for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, August 24 at 11:30am

This presentation provides an overview of labor laws, and discusses hot-button issues confronting nonprofits and how to best manage and address them. This webinar will be presented by Michael West, Esq., Senior Attorney, NYCON.



Research: Art Works Guidelines Sept 2017 Webinar

Wednesday, September 6 at 3pm

This workshop will go over the guidelines for the National Endowment for the Arts “Arts Works” grant. A presentation by NEA Office of Research & Analysis staff will be followed by a Q&A session. Registration information will be available soon.