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NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees are in the news for events showcasing historic contributions, from lost paintings to a first lady’s artifacts. There’s also plenty new to celebrate, including the announcement of new sculptures in NYC and Buffalo and a new program to help diversify the theatrical workforce. One museum has it both ways, with the launch of an app that commemorates New York City’s Gilded Age.

Hidden beneath paint, a famed artist’s wall decorations

Albany Times-Union

“Not only did Thomas Cole paint the lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement of the 19th century, he also painted on the walls of his home. Lost beneath layers of paint for more than a century, the patterned borders below the ceilings were rediscovered several years ago and are now revealed in their semi-faded glory. The stylized depictions of drapery and fabric, painstakingly recovered by conservators, will be fully displayed when the Thomas Cole National Historic Site opens for the season in May. While not exactly lost masterworks, they offer new insight into one of America’s most influential painters.” NYSCA supports the Thomas Cole National Historic Site through our Museum Program.

Good Timing for New Historical Society Exhibit on Women

Westside Rag

“[T]he New-York Historical Society Museum and Library has opened Saving Washington, the debut exhibit of the museum’s new Center for Women’s History…the exhibit explores the contributions of women of all classes to political and social causes of the time, despite being excluded from official roles in affairs of state. First Lady Dolly Madison was perhaps best known as a formidable hostess, capable of bringing together political adversaries in a congenial atmosphere. To give visitors a taste of Mrs. Madison’s popular “squeezes”—gatherings in which guests had to ”squeeze” into the president’s mansion—interactive features offer the opportunity to virtually experience a dinner table conversation and a friendly card game. But Mrs. Madison’s behind-the scenes influence and that of her female contemporaries are also explored in the exhibit, which includes more than 150 artifacts. Among those items on display in Saving Washington are political documents and publications, household objects, works of art, and personal effects belonging to Mrs. Madison including a silver snuffbox, the contents of which she shared freely with her guests. The full Center for Women’s History…opens late next month.” NYSCA supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.

This summer’s installation for the Met Rooftop has been announced

Time Out New York

For the 30th anniversary of the The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “there will be a new plein air installation on its terrace courtesy of the Argentinian sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas—who at age 36 will be the youngest artist to create a piece for The Met’s roof. Working in clay, wood and concrete, Rojas is known for colossal objects like his space station for the New Museum, his whale mysteriously plunked down in the middle of a Patagonian forest and his menagerie of animals emerging from the sea for the 2015 Istanbul Biennial…For The Met, he’s planning on a series of a series of 20 large-scale sculptures titled “The Theater of Disappearance.” Together, they’ll reference treasures from the museums various holdings covering all of its 17 curatorial departments. Rojas’s work will be on view April 14–October 29.” NYSCA supports the Met through our Museum and Presenting Programs.

This New App Takes You Back in Time to New York City’s Gilded Age


“Watch some of the city’s most iconic Gilded Age buildings, like the Waldorf Astoria or the Andrew Carnegie House, travel back in time right before your eyes with a new app from The Museum of the City of New York. ‘A Walk Through Gilded New York,’ guides users with an audio tour and images of 15 historic sites, transitioning from how the buildings look now to drawings and photographs taken during the period starting from the late 19th century up to World War I. Stops on the virtual tour include Tiffany & Co.’s original headquarters, the sites of Siegel-Cooper and Lord & Taylor department stores, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Morgan Library, the William K. Vanderbilt house, Delmonico’s Restaurant and the Plaza. Each location includes roughly 2 minutes of narration by actress Grace Grummer — known for her role as Nora Ephron in Amazon’s “Good Girls Revolt” series and for other roles in Mr. Robot and American Horror Story. The entire two-hour tour covers areas from Union Square all the way up to 105th Street in East Harlem.” NYSCA supports the Museum of the City of New York through our Museum, Architecture + Design, and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.

‘My Fair Lady’ Returning to Broadway for First Time in 25 Years

NBC New York

“Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical “My Fair Lady” will return to Broadway next spring for the first time in 25 years. The musical, an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” will begin previews at the Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 22, 2018 — with an opening night set for April 19. While no stars have been announced for the production, a director has: Barlett Sher, the visionary behind LCT’s Tony-winning revivals of “The King & I” and “South Pacific.”” NYSCA supports Lincoln Center Theater through our Theatre and Arts Education Programs.

Roundabout Theatre Company aims to increase diversity backstage

Crain’s New York

“The Roundabout Theatre Company is launching a program to train and place a diverse group of city high school graduates in technical jobs backstage. The three-year initiative, called the Theatrical Workforce Development Program, aims to place 50 fellows in professional careers as stagehands, sound engineers, and hair and makeup artists, among other jobs. To accomplish this, Roundabout, Broadway’s largest nonprofit theater company, is teaming up with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and The Door, a youth-development nonprofit. The program will cost around $4 million to administer over three years. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is putting up $500,000 to cover the cost of a six-week “boot camp” for each year’s group of fellows to train in safety, workforce readiness and technical skills. Roundabout is responsible for the rest of the funding and for choosing the fellows. Julie Menin, the city’s media and entertainment commissioner, said this was the theater industry’s first major effort to diversify its workforce. She said a recent study found that 70% of the people employed in theaters identify as white. ‘This is really important for the industry,’ Menin said. ‘This is a field that is very hard for diverse young people in the city to break into.’” NYSCA supports the Roundabout Theatre Company through our Theatre and Arts Education Programs.

St. Lawrence County Arts Council hosting Regional Arts Celebration

Daily Courier Observer

“The St. Lawrence County Arts Council will host a Regional Arts Celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 18 at the TAUNY Center. The event provides a meet-and-greet opportunity for regional artists and arts organizers. Event-goers can listen to live music as they network and make new friends. There will be an Information Station which will allow attendees to swap and collect promotional materials. Artists are encouraged to bring business cards, brochures, flyers and any other printables that promote their work. The event also provides an opportunity for SLC Arts to recognize its 2017 grant recipients and present its 2017 Arts Recognition award.” NYSCA supports SLC Arts through our State and Local Partnership Program.

Arts Services Initiative of WNY plans for 2nd annual ‘Make Music Day’ in Buffalo & Niagara Falls

WNY Papers

“Arts Services Initiative of Western New York has announced Buffalo and Niagara Falls will join cities across the country and around the world for the second time to celebrate “Make Music Day” on June 21. “Make Music Day” is a worldwide celebration of music. ASI launched local participation in 2016 with 30 performances at 16 venues in Erie and Niagara counties, which, collectively, attracted over 5,000 participants and attendees. ASI is gearing up to bring a day filled with music to the area again. Completely different from a typical musical festival, “Make Music Day” seeks to encourage all people, young and old, amateur or professional, to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician – of all musical persuasions – pours onto streets, parks, plazas and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.” NYSCA supports ASI WNY through our State and Local Partnership, Regional Economic Development Council, and Presenting Programs.

Colorful sculpture to make its debut at Metro station


“Few people would expect to find a sprawling sculpture of a DNA-like structure in a public transit station. But given the fact that Allen-Medical Campus Metro Station is a transit gateway to the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, officials say it’s a fitting home for a sculpture called “Gut Flora.” The Albright-Knox Art Gallery commissioned the work for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority as part of an effort to promote public art. Artist Shasti O’Leary Soundant created the work which will be 15 feet tall and 25 feet wide. The sculpture, which will be installed this spring, is made up of 260 pieces that are designed to resemble a “beneficial bacteria colony” that is required to keep people healthy.” NYSCA supports Albright-Knox through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.


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NYSCA celebrates the life of Miriam Colón

The staff and Council of the New York State Council on the Arts celebrates the life of Miriam Colón, who died March 3 due to pulmonary complications.

In her distinguished career as an actress and champion of the arts, Miriam Colón made numerous film, television, and theater appearances, founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and served as a member of the NYSCA Council.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Colón launched her career at the age of 12 and starred in her first film Los peloteros (The Baseball Players) for the División de Educación de la Comunidad de Puerto Rico (DivEdCo). She appeared in such television shows and films as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Scarface, John Sayles’ Lone Star and City of Hope, Billy Bob Thornton’s All The Pretty Horses, and the principal role in the film version of Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Última. On stage, she appeared in René Marqués’ The Oxcart with Raúl Juliá and Lucy Boscana under Lloyd Richards’ direction.

“Committed to social justice, the free exchange of ideas and flow of creativity, Miriam Colón worked tirelessly to support the cause of ‘bringing theater to the people,’” said NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.

“Moving to New York City at the age of 17 from Ponce, Puerto Rico, she was the first Puerto Rican actor to be admitted as a student at the Actors Studio. With great success in film and television, she played an equally important role in breaking down cultural barriers. In 1967 she founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York, where she helped young Latino actors and writers develop their craft.”

Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel continued, “I had the pleasure to know and work with Miriam whose petite stature belied her towering significance in the Latino community. Ms. Colón obtained the company’s first permanent home in 1981, when she noticed an empty firehouse on West 47th Street; it remains there today as Pregones Theater Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. She was the artistic director until 2014; when the company merged with Pregones, and she became the artistic adviser. A recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture in May 1982, she was also recognized as a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking theater at a special ceremony in her honor at City Hall Plaza in August of that same year. A cultural advisor at the city, state, and national level, she was appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts, where she served for more than ten years. At the national level, she served not only as a panelist on the Expansion Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, but also on the Institutional Advancement Pilot Program Panel; and as a member of the National Hispanic Task Force. In September 2015, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts.”

Al Berr, NYSCA Deputy Executive Director of Programs during Colón’s service, added, “During her many years’ service as a Council member, she was a passionate champion of government funding and its significant importance to arts organizations and the communities they serve. We send our condolences to the organization she founded, now known as Pregones Theater Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and to the entire New York arts community, which, of course, is her extended family.”

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FY2018 NYSCA Application Resources: Webinars, Tutorials & Videos

In addition to seminars throughout New York State, NYSCA provides resources online to help you apply. On the How to Apply page of our website, you can find links to tutorials for how to register, how to use Grants Gateway, how to renew multi-year grants, and how to apply as a fiscal sponsor. There’s also an application checklist.

For those who prefer video, our YouTube channel has a series of tutorials as well.

Webinars are also available in the following program areas:

Architecture + Design

Electronic Media & Film


Folk Arts

Individual Artists




Special Arts Services


Visual Arts

Still have questions? Email us through our Help Desk, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Returns: Manhattan Workshops

Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp with Roxbury Arts Group

The New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships Program in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the second year of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State conducted over a three year period.

Next month, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NOMAA) will host sessions of the Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook “The Profitable Artist” (Allworth Press, 2011).

The Boot Camp’s structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” that provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals.

There is no charge to participate in the Artist as Entrepreneur Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply and participants are selected by a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines and career stages are encouraged to apply.

All programs are offered free-of-charge to participants.

Deadline: March 29, 2017

Location: Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, 5030 Broadway #723, New York, NY 10034

Program Dates: April 28-30, 2017 Meet & Greet: Friday, April 28 – 6-8 PM

Workshop Sessions:

Saturday, April 29, 10 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, April 30, 10AM – 4 PM

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, please check your calendar before applying


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages
  • Artists living and working in New York City**

Guidelines For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long terms goals and why you are interested in applying to this program.
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

*First time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal. **Priority will be given to artists in the Northern Manhattan area, however the program is open to artists throughout New York City

Notification: On or before April 7, 2017. On selection into the program, artists will be asked to pay a $25 program deposit which will be automatically refunded if artists attend all sessions. *If a family or medical emergency prevents attendance, this would be considered an exception to the rule.


This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NYSCA at the Oscars: Grantees Foster Winning Talents

Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock
Adele Romanski, Jeremy Kleiner and Barry Jenkins – Best Picture – ‘Moonlight’
89th Annual Academy Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA – 26 Feb 2017

NYSCA is proud to support organizations that foster the work of today’s top talent, including recent Academy Award winners Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, and Tarell Alvin McCraney of “Moonlight.”

Moonlight, the Best Picture winner Sunday night, was developed through the Independent Filmmaker Project’s IFP Film Week. When the film was in an early development stage, it was showcased in IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market. There, director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski met with funders, distributors, and sales agents including A24, who ultimately distributed the film. (IFP Film Week includes meetings, screenings, talks, meet ups, exhibitions, and tours). NYSCA provides General Operating Support for IFP to carry out its activities, including IFP week, through our Electronic Media & Film Program.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won the Oscar for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for Moonlight in collaboration with director Barry Jenkins, is Resident Artist at the Public Theater, which recently staged his play “Head of Passes” with Phylicia Rashad. NYSCA provides General Operating Support to the Public Theater through our Theatre Program and also supports the Under the Radar Festival, which showcases new work, through our Presenting Program. McCraney’s play “The Brothers Size” appeared at Under the Radar in 2007 and as part of the regular season in 2009 as part of the trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays.”

“Moonlight” received 8 Oscar nominations and won 3 awards, also including Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali.


#NYSCASuccess: How the Children’s Museum of the Arts Expands Its Audience

A CMA Teaching Artist demonstrates an astronaut’s journey to space to a group of school children, courtesy of Children’s Museum of the Arts

When the Children’s Museum of the Arts moved to a new building in 2011, it wasn’t just a change of address. In its new home, the museum has reinvigorated its mission to serve children of all backgrounds – and visitors are responding in numbers that have exceeded all expectations.

In the new building’s first year, the audience more than doubled its reach of 54,000, surpassed a target of 75,000, and hit about 117,000. The museum — a NYSCA grantee through our Museum and Arts Education Programs — expanded its programming with new cultural festivals, teen and tween initiatives, and partnerships. Plus, it made good on its goal of becoming a model of inclusion by creating free programs for underserved communities and championing diverse artists.

Last year, attendance reached 135,000. Over 38,000 were served at no charge, including children on the autism spectrum, children with disabilities, children at Title 1 schools, children in homeless shelters, and families within the NYC foster care system. CMA also works with 150 NYC schools.

“The mission of CMA has always been to make the transformative power of the arts available to ALL,” says Executive Director Barbara Hunt McLanahan.

A young visitor checks out Blane De St. Croix’s sculpture “High Rise” in the exhibition, Weather or Not, That is the Question. Photo Courtesy of the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

“Children naturally want to play, talk, create, and collaborate with other children. Sitting at a group table making art is like breaking bread. When we are all doing the same thing, we see how our children are the same even though they may look different, and their joyfulness engenders a shared pride (and sometimes empathy for melt-down moments) among their grown-ups.”

Throughout the museum, children work alongside professional artists, including visual artists as well as actors, singers and improv practitioners.

“Our side-by-side teaching philosophy is key to our distinctiveness,” says McLanahan, noting that the format allows children to view themselves alongside professionals, peers with varied perspectives, and in connection with their caregivers who can encourage their creativity.

Distinctive Programming

Founded in 1988 by Kathleen Schneider, CMA focuses on arts education for children aged 1 – 15 and their families. Children who visit the museum view art exhibitions and create their own artworks.

Popular programs include GirlStories, which promotes young women’s achievements in filmmaking, illustration and other related skills; Media Lab, which teaches stop-motion animation and live-action film to grades 1-12; and the Young Artist Kollective, which gives tweens and teens ages 12 – 15 free access to the museum and its art making studios as well as technical guidance from CMA’s Teaching Artists. Art Slams for teens are held monthly.

Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli dancers in the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival introduce children to their musical instruments, courtesy of Children’s Museum of the Arts.

Also unique to the museum are its cultural festivals, each highlighting a different world culture and showcasing partnerships. For example, visitors can learn folk music from the Irish Arts Center and Bollywood moves from the Anja Dance Company. In 2015, the museum increased its annual festival offerings from 4 to 10.

This was one of many changes to the Museum’s programming that followed McLanahan’s appointment in February 2013 and a strategic plan implemented in 2015 – and led to its dramatic audience expansion. The plan encompassed new programming and outreach as well as a marketing analysis and new digital marketing strategy.

Among new initiatives was a program enabling Title 1 Schools to bring classes free of charge, and free family passes for every child that attends in this program. This and other free programs were subsidized by government and foundation funding.

Art for All

In addition to growing audience numbers, CMA has also worked to diversify its audience by ensuring that all visitors are both represented and served by the museum. CMA’s exhibits feature 55% women, 23% artists of color, and 3% artists with HIV/AIDS. (CMA also ensures diversity in its staffing by reaching out to artists, arts administrators, and non-profits to widely distribute job descriptions when positions are open.)

“Our goal is to ensure that children and their families see work which reflects their world view,” says McLanahan.

“As a museum administrator, I have another agenda – which is to show museums that if we, a small children’s museum of art, can organize high quality contemporary art exhibits that include [this level of diversity], there is no reason that they cannot. In 2017, there is simply no excuse for exclusionary practices. The Internet allows us to do far-reaching research and break out of historically limiting networks.”

Occupational Therapists lead children in an Inclusive Sundays class through a portrait photography activity, courtesy of Children’s Museum of the Arts

The museum’s focus on equal access to culture is particularly noteworthy when it comes to serving children of all abilities. CMA offers classes for children on the autism spectrum, programs for children with physical disabilities to engage with able-bodied children, and — most recently, in 2015 –Art For All, which enables any child with a disability to visit CMA for free on any given day with their caregiver following pre-registration.

“For CMA, inclusivity means ALWAYS having programs for children with special needs,” says McLanahan.

All staff members go through professional development to ensure that they create programs that allow children of different abilities to participate equally and feel welcome. The organization then shares its expertise by leading workshops with museums, schools, libraries and social service agencies.

As a result of CMA’s attention to inclusion, no matter what a child’s age, background, economic status, or ability, he or she should feel welcome in the museum and, ultimately, engaged with the arts at large.

“We can introduce children and families to the experience of visiting a museum, and enjoying cultural participation,” says McLanahan. “As they grow up, they can branch out with increased independence to enjoy all of the galleries and museums that New York has to offer.”

Do you have a #NYSCASuccess story to share? Email and let us know about your organization’s accomplishments.

NYSCA in the News

Billie Holiday Theatre Renovations Slated to Wrap Up This Spring, City Says

DNA info

A $4.1 million renovation of [the Bedford-Stuyvesant] Billie Holiday Theatre is set to be completed this spring, according to city officials. The…project will reconstruct and expand the 45-year-old space, bringing new seating, dressing rooms and air conditioning units, among other upgrades. Construction kicked off in summer 2015, officials said. It is the first revamp of the space inside Restoration Plaza at 1368 Fulton St. since its inception in 1972…The Billie Holiday Theatre’s stage has hosted notable entertainers such as Smokey Robinson and Samuel L. Jackson, officials said.” Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Restoration’s executive director for the Center for Arts & Culture: “The renovation of this historic destination, a destination formerly led by theater pioneer Marjorie Moon for 42 years, gives us a new opportunity to build on that legacy and also present dance and music concerts, large talks and film screenings right here in the epicenter of black culture in the U.S.” NYSCA supports the Billie Holiday Theatre through our Theatre Program.

Bill Cunningham’s memorabilia will join the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection


“The personal items of beloved fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who passed away in June 2016, will have a new home at the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection. Known for riding around Manhattan on his Biria bicycle with his Nikon camera in tow, these personal belongings, along with the blue French worker’s jacket that Cunningham often wore have been donated by his former assistant and a personal friend, reports the New York Times. The collection will also feature Cunningham’s library of over 200 books, photographs, and notes along with his feather collection and tools. These items will join a series of Cunningham’s photographs that were donated at an earlier time… Cunningham worked with the New York Times for more than 40 years and captured some of fashions most iconic photographs. Upon news of his passing, the city temporarily renamed the corner of East 57th Street and 5th Avenue, where often photographed, Bill Cunningham Way. The exhibit honoring his life and work is expected to debut sometime around the spring.” NYSCA supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.

State funds to support creation of Auburn arts district — but what shape should it take?

The Citizen

Auburn is one of five central New York municipalities slated for an arts and entertainment district as part of a $49,500 grant awarded to CNY Arts through NYSCA’s Regional Economic Development Council Program, along with Cortland, Oneida, Oswego and Syracuse. “The Citizen spoke to two key figures in Auburn’s arts and entertainment scene about the concept and how they’d like to see it executed: Auburn Public Theater Artistic Director Angela Daddabbo and Schweinfurth Art Center Executive Director Donna Lamb.” Daddabbo: “If someone comes to town (or comes from town) to visit the Seward House, for example, a designated arts district could help make the connection between them visiting the SHM and visiting the Willard Memorial Chapel or the Schweinfurth Art Center or the Cayuga Museum or the Harriet Tubman Home, etc. The longer people stay and visit and have lunch and shop and spend the night in a hotel, etc., the more the local economy benefits.” Lamb: “An arts district would provide greater visibility to our arts organizations and increase cultural tourism in the city. It would be used to help brand Auburn as a cultural destination. Collaborative marketing and programming, signage and a website would all help to increase cultural tourism and expand our audiences. This would also have a positive economic impact on local businesses and potentially attract more arts-related businesses.”

A Free STEAM Activity Center is Coming to the Meatpacking District

NY Metro Parents

ARTech, a free, pop-up activity center featuring family-friendly workshops, installations, and interactive activities is coming to the Meatpacking District for two months starting in March…to inspire school age children to learn more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and its impact in fun…ways. The Meatpacking Business Improvement District is partnering with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science to bring the 8,000-square-foot activity center to families. Inside ARTech will be a variety of activities, from a GIF making station to a recreation of CMA’s infamous Ball Pond. Families will also be able to enjoy the Velocity Area, where children can make their own custom wheeled vehicles to race down ramps, as well as the Danny Rozin Installation, made up of giant pixelated painting mirrors that respond to movement. Children can learn about the night sky with a visit to Starlab and use the award-winning design kit, Rigamajig, to make creations with wooden planks, pulleys, bolts, and more. Families will also get a chance to explore ecology, connected systems, sustainability, and climate change through art installations created by artist-and-scientist teams.” NYSCA supports the Children’s Museum of the Arts through our Museum and Arts Education Programs and the New York Hall of Science through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

Spaceworks Appoints Risa Shoup as Executive Director


The Board of Directors of Spaceworks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the shortage of stable, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City, has named Risa Shoup as its new Executive Director, effective March 1…Shoup comes to the organization with a strong background in community development and the arts. Shoup most recently served as Executive Director at FOURTH ARTS BLOCK (FABnyc), a neighborhood nonprofit founded in 2001 by cultural and community groups on New York’s Lower East Side to purchase eight properties from the City of New York and secure them as permanently affordable spaces for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Shoup has previously held management positions at The Invisible Dog Art Center, BRIC Arts Media, The Wassaic Project and Chashama. Shoup is also affiliated with Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts – New York, through which she serves as a consultant on CreateNYC, the City’s first cultural plan…Founded in 2011, Spaceworks currently operates five spaces serving more than 5,000 artists, including playwright Young Jean Lee, Soho Repertory Theatre Company, sculptor Esther Ruiz, and choreographers Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone, and So You Think You Can Dance alum Sonya Tayeh. Its spaces house 34 visual arts studios and have hosted over 46,000 hours of rehearsal to date.” NYSCA supports Spaceworks through our Dance Program.

Oscar Isaac to Headline Hamlet at the Public Theater, Co-Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Peter Friedman & More

“Sam Gold’s production of the Shakespeare classic will begin previews on June 20 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater (not in Central Park) and open on July 13 for a limited engagement through September 3. The eclectic cast of Hamlet will include Roberta Colindrez (Fun Home) as Rosencrantz, Tony nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime, The Heidi Chronicles) as Polonius, Keegan-Michael Key (TV’s Key and Peele) as Horatio, Gayle Rankin (Cabaret) as Ophelia and the Second Gravedigger, Matthew Saldívar (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Guildenstern and Anatol Yusef (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) as Laertes.” NYSCA supports the Public Theater through our Theatre and Presenting Programs.

Martin Scorsese to honor Robert De Niro at Lincoln Center

AM New York

Martin Scorsese and a who’s who of celebrities will be celebrating the legendary career of Robert De Niro on May 8th at Lincoln Center. The 73-year-old actor will be the 44th recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award. The nonprofit said De Niro’s work on and off camera, especially his role in co-creating the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, made him an “unparalleled figure of New York film and culture.” Scorsese, who has worked with De Niro on nine films, will personally present the award. The pair is teaming up again for “The Irishman,” produced by Netflix for an expected 2019 release.” NYSCA supports the Film Society of Lincoln Center through our Electronic Media & Film and Arts Education Programs.

Adirondack Center for Writing brings back PoemVillage

Adirondack Daily Enterprise

“In April 2016, the Adirondack Center for Writing set out to welcome poems from locals to celebrate the creativity and talent of the Tri-Lakes community for National Poetry Month. Organizers were blown away to have been sent over 400 poems, and see the storefronts of downtown Saranac Lake come to life with them. Now, the center is calling for submissions to its second annual PoemVillage event. ACW welcomes all forms of poetry from anyone living part time or full time in the Tri-Lakes region of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid. All submissions of poetry from community members, elementary kids to seniors, will be displayed in the windows of partnering businesses in downtown Saranac Lake. This year PoemVillage will boast an even fuller schedule of events throughout the month, including local poets readings performances, PoemVillage Pub Crawl, and more.” NYSCA supports the Adirondack Center for Writing through our Literature Program.


Photos: Touring the New Second Avenue Subway

Artist Sarah Sze, center, discusses her work “Blueprint for a Landscape” in the 96th Street Station. “What’s amazing to me about how the station developed is it allowed for an immersive experience,” Sze said. Inspired by the translation of 3-D architecture into a two-dimensional blueprint, the work encompasses a variety of drawings from Sze’s sketchbook, ranging from her apartment to the Parthenon, and also draws inspiration from wayfinding and how we experience movement.


On Wednesday, NYSCA had the privilege of touring the Second Avenue Subway alongside artists who contributed to the new stations that New York Magazine recently called a “world class art museum.” Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design and NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel kicked off the event.

“It is a pleasure today to have the opportunity to highlight the fine work of New York State’s MTA Arts & Design program,” Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel said. “As Governor Andrew Cuomo recently noted, many New Yorkers, young and old, may not have the opportunity to visit a museum or an art gallery. MTA Arts & Design provides access for all New Yorkers on their daily commutes, to the diverse and challenging works of young artists, emerging artists, and artists with international reputations.”

“Arts & Design has been building this museum for over 31 years and has contributed to the MTA’s rebuilding of the subway,” said Sandra Bloodworth. “The Second Avenue Subway, conceived in 1929 — taking almost a century to be realized, was a unique opportunity for MTA Arts & Design to be involved from the beginning of the most recent phase and to be part of the planning and design. The designers created high ceilings, column free spaces, and great sight lines for better visibility with up-to-date lighting. The designers created a great venue where the art could have a major impact.

In effect, they brought to life the mission of Arts & Design—to enhance the station environment through the inclusion of high quality art & design. We are proud of this very public art museum.”

Below are photos of NYSCA’s visit and of Second Avenue Subway artwork, featuring artists Sarah Sze and Vik Muniz.

NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel with NYSCA Council Member Eric Latzky

MTA Arts & Design Director Sandra Bloodworth

Lester Burg, Senior Manager of MTA Arts & Design, with Chuck Close’s “Cindy Sherman” in the 86th Street Station. Photo by Trent Reeves.

Artist Sarah Sze discusses her public art work for the Second Avenue Subway 96th Street Station


NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus and Council Member Eric Latzky with Chuck Close’s “Cecily” from his “Subway Portraits” in the 86th Street Station.

Amy Hausmann, Deputy Director of MTA Arts and Design, with artist Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz’ “Perfect Strangers” at the 72nd Street Station

Jean Shin’s “Elevated” at the 63rd Street Station

Chuck Close self-portrait at the 86th Street Station. Photo by Trent Reeves.

Vik Muniz and Sarah Sze in front of Muniz’ “Perfect Strangers.” Photo by Trent Reeves.

MTA Arts & Design Director Sandra Bloodworth with NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. Photo by Trent Reeves.