NYSCA Talks “Dream Projects” with NYC Museum Educators Roundtable

Leigh Wells of the Museum of the Moving Image, Adrienne Lei of the Frick Collection and Lacey Flint of The Explorers Club share their ideas for new museum education projects.

We want all of New York’s arts organizations to do their best, most innovative work – and we love talking with you about your ideas to figure out how we can collaborate to turn vision into reality.

On Tuesday, we hosted a Meet the Funder event with the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER). Participants shared with us their dream projects, and staff from our Museum, Arts Education, Architecture + Design and Electronic Media & Film Programs provided guidance as to eligibility and best practices for applying to NYSCA.

Hosting NYCMER and similar events helps us understand ways to continue to support the field. We appreciate the participation of organizations such as the New-York Historical Society, Museum Access Consortium, Guggenheim Museum and Fraunces Tavern Museum. You inspired us with projects tackling important issues such as work training opportunities for teens in museums, engaging communities in curation, redeveloping museum’s school programs to better educate students, and increasing access for those of all abilities.

Participants discussed a variety of topics, including teen workforce training, accessibility and community engagement.

We live-tweeted the event @NYSCArts and @NYCMER and compiled tips for applying to NYSCA, many of which will be effective across all disciplines. Read the highlights below:

  • If you are interested in applying to NYSCA, you can set up a short phone call with Program Staff to ask about similar projects funded in the past.
  • Tell your story thoroughly but succinctly. You don’t have to max out all your word limits.
  • Be specific.
  • Read guideline questions thoroughly.
  • Pair statistics with personal stories.
  • If your program might be suitable to multiple NYSCA Programs, call us and ask what funding range is available in each program and where your project may be strongest. Do this before the application period – once the application opens, we can’t take program-specific questions.
  • For public art, review Visual Arts Program AND Regional Economic Development Council initiative guidelines
  • If your program is groundbreaking for your organization, even if not the whole field, tell us why. Context helps!
  • If you’re offering tuition stipends for those in need, tell us how you determine who is eligible and why.
  • Avoid a “kitchen sink” proposal. Show beginning/middle/end of a measurable process.
  • Successful arts education application videos show student/teacher interaction. We want to see process, not promo.  

NYSCA’s FY19 Guidelines will post in early 2018. If you have an idea for a proposal you would like to discuss, visit our website to contact the appropriate staff member.

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