#NYSCASuccess: How the Children’s Museum of Art 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 public.affairs@arts.ny.gov 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

Curbed

“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

Citybizlist

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

Broadway.com

“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.

NYSCA FY2018 Tips: Week 2

During the FY2018 application cycle, we’re posting tips every weekday on our Facebook page. On Fridays, we’ll round them up here. This week, we’ll review fiscal sponsorship for individual artists, work samples, the importance of starting early, and renewing multi-year support:

The next tip comes from our Museum Program but applies to all grantees receiving multi-year support:

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees announce new seasons, a major digital initiative, and a 25th anniversary celebration, and a NYSCA theatre commission extends its run before opening night.

Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Free

New York Times

“All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please… ‘Increasing access to the collection has been a priority for over a decade,’ Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director, said at a news conference.’ ’Twenty years ago, as a scholar, we had to negotiate access even for catalog cards.’ Now, anyone can download images directly from the Met’s website…The Met is not the first museum to do this — other institutions to do so include the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam — but the scale and breadth of its offerings is rare for a privately held collection…To ‘make everything as available as possible,’ Mr. Tallon said, the Met has also joined forces with several partners — including Creative Commons, Wikimedia and Pinterest — to spread the museum’s reach online.” NYSCA supports the Met Museum through our Museum and Presenting Programs.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody Extends Before Opening Night Off-Broadway

Broadway.com

“The world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody has extended its off-Broadway run prior to opening night. The MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient’s new play will now run through March 19 at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage, instead of the previously announced March 12. Opening night is slated for February 21. The production features Obie Award winners David Patrick Kelly, Marylouise Burke and Brooke Bloom…Jacobs-Jenkins’ second play in his Signature Theatre residency is a modern riff on the 15th-century morality play Everyman. In the play, Everybody—a character that is assigned via cast lottery at each performance—travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.” NYSCA supported the commission for “Everybody” at the Signature Theatre through our Individual Artists Program.

Albany Symphony announces 2017-2018 performances

WNYT

The Albany Symphony has announced its engagements for the 2017-2018 season. They include a trip down the Erie Canal and a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It’s the 25th anniversary for Music Director David Alan Miller and the symphony has a big year planned to celebrate. The lineup includes a number of festivals, including the “Shift Festival,” a celebration of North American orchestras being held down at The Kennedy Center in April of next year. Other concerts include a tribute to Hollywood’s favorite music, including “Star Wars,” a weekend of Mozart’s music from 1786, a “Romeo and Juliet” weekend and “Gershwin Immersion,” a weekend of the complete piano and orchestra works of George Gershwin over two days… Bucking a national trend, the Albany Symphony is in its third year of record-breaking growth with subscribers.” Miller said, “I think that arts groups have a real responsibility to make every event a one-of-a-kind event, something unlike anything you’ll be able to get anywhere else.” NYSCA supports the Albany Symphony through our Music and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.

Shakespeare in the Park to present ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Julius Caesar’

AM New York

“This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park season of free classical theater in Central Park will consist of “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Public Theater announced Thursday. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, will stage “Caesar,” and Lear deBessonet, who is known best for spearheading the Public Works series in which professional actors join community members in grand spectacles inspired by the classics, will stage “Midsummer.” ‘There is no difficulty in the world that Shakespeare can’t address,’ Eustis said in a statement. ‘In our troubled times, the majesty of ‘Julius Caesar’ and the joy of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ are as necessary as beauty.’” NYSCA supports the Public Theater through our Theatre and Presenting Programs.

50 Years of Indigenous Fashion at the National Museum of the American Indian

Hyperallergic

“From haute couture gowns to handcrafted accessories and brash streetwear, the 67 designers and artists featured in Native Fashion Now at the National Museum of the American Indian have, over the last 50 years, reinterpreted and reinvigorated traditional materials, styles, and modes of making practiced for generations by the indigenous peoples of the US and Canada. Highlights…include a dazzling cape and aviary headdress by Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw), spectacularly beaded Louboutin boots by Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock), and a feathery, fiery, desert-inspired ensemble by Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]). As a corrective to the typical presentation of native clothes and dressmaking as static artifacts and activities fit for anthropological study, this exhibition chronicles how time-worn practices have been hybridized and adapted while still retaining links to centuries-old traditions and sacred places.” NYSCA supports the National Museum of the American Indian through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

Works by painter LeRoy Neiman and photographer George Kalinsky feature boxing great Muhammad Ali in new exhibits

New York Daily News

“Championship boxer Muhammad Ali’s legendary adventures in the sport of boxing and beyond fascinated the eyes and imaginations of painter LeRoy Neiman and photographer George Kalinsky, as they did for millions of people around the world…his boxing exploits…captivated the artists whose works are featured in concurrent New-York Historical Society exhibitions honoring the “Greatest.” The shows – “I Am King of the World: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky” and “Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing” – focus on the late athlete’s boxing career through moving photos, sketches and paintings. The exhibitions, which opened in December, will run through March 26. Along with the professional art, the society is displaying an Ali boxing robe and gloves, as well as some of the legend’s artworks as a special addition to the exhibitions.” NYSCA supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.

Hamptons International Film Festival To Celebrate 25 Years With 25 Film Screenings

27east

“The Hamptons International Film Festival’s celebration of its 25th year will be spread out over several months and two coasts, leading up to the festival weekend itself in October. HIFF has picked out one film from each year that the annual festival has been in existence, and will hold 25 film screenings throughout the Hamptons, New York City, Los Angeles and Palm Beach. The first “25 Years: 25 Films” screening in the series will be Friday, February 17, at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton with “The Piano” from 1993. The second stop is Palm Beach on February 23 with “Black Swan” from 2010. Many events in the series will include conversations with filmmakers, friends of HIFF and special guests, and the last event will include a lifetime achievement award presentation…Also among the acclaimed films coming up in the series are “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Still Alice,” “The Artist,” “The Cove,” “Searching for Sugarman,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Embrace of the Serpent” and “I Am Not Your Negro.”…The 25th annual festival will be on October 5 through 9 in East Hampton and elsewhere on the South Fork.” NYSCA supports HIFF through our Electronic Media & Film Program.

NYSCA FY2018 Application Tips: Week 1

During the FY2018 application cycle, we’re posting tips every weekday on our Facebook page. On Fridays, we’ll round them up here. This week, we’ll get into what you should do and think about before you start in on the application questions, including registration, prequalification, and categories to consider.

Photos: NYSCA Council Meeting with MTA Arts & Design

Artist Christopher Wynter (standing) talks about his work with MTA Arts & Design at NYSCA’s Council Meeting. (Clockwise from left: Deputy Executive Director Megan White, Chair Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design

NYSCA hosted its February Council Meeting yesterday, February 16, 2017. Council members voted on recommendations for FY2018 panelists who will review applications in current grant cycle as well as appeals for FY2017. In addition, Council and staff reviewed a list of multi-year recipients for the coming year.

NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel invited Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design, and artist Christopher Wynter, whose work “Migrations” is part of the MTA’s permanent collection at the Cathedral Parkway subway station, to speak at the Council meeting about the MTA’s public art programs.

 

Photos: NYSCA Guideline Information Sessions

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our NYSCA application seminars! We were thrilled to see more than 400 of you in Buffalo, Old Forge, NYC, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, and Schenectady and appreciated your insightful questions about the application process. If you missed us — or want more information — stay tuned for information about discipline-specific webinars. We will post links here and on our website at arts.ny.gov.

 

 

NYSCA FY2018 Application Period is Now Open!

The NYSCA FY2018 Grant Application Period is now open.

The Application Period closes on March 21, 2017 at 4PM.

Please review the program guidelines for detailed information and instructions on NYSCA’s FY2018 application process and funding programs.

NYSCA recommends that applicants begin Prequalification as soon as possible. For more information on Prequalification, click here. Please also review the Non-Profit Revitalization Act here.

Please remember that in order to access the Registration Form on the NYSCA website, you must first complete/update your Organization Information form and Organization Budget form, in that order.

Please note that as the application deadline approaches, staff receives a high volume of calls and emails and response times may slow. We strongly urge all applicants to begin the prequalification and application process as soon as possible.

We’ll be posting application tips here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the application period.

Want to see a particular topic addressed in our tips? Email public.affairs@arts.ny.gov with your suggestions.

 

Guidelines at a Glance: Theatre

Michele Marie Roberts in the title role of Evita at MusicalFare Theatre. Photo: Jesse Sloier

The NYSCA staff works hard to ensure that our grant guidelines are as thorough as possible, answering crucial questions that may come up during the application period and providing step-by-step instructions with photos to ease the process. However, we recognize that it may be useful to have a quick overview of what kinds of projects are eligible in each category, in addition to the full guidelines.

For this purpose, we have created Guidelines-at-a-Glance. Every day for the next three weeks, we will share one entry summarizing one of the 15 NYSCA Programs open for application. At the end of this period, we will also share a document compiling all the Guidelines-at-a-Glance. In addition to eligible projects listed, programs except Facilities and Individual Artists offer General Operating Support.

Today, we focus on Theatre:

Theatre

  • Professional Performances
    • Professional theatre companies and multidisciplinary arts organizations that stage 1+ annual public production(s). NYSCA encourages emerging theatre companies that demonstrate artistic potential and/or accomplishment.
    • Funding can be directed toward artists’ fees or salaries and production expenses.
    • Applicants must be able to demonstrate in their budgets that fees are paid to artistic personnel, including actors.
  • Services to the Field
    • Supports service organizations and activities that provide managerial, artistic or information services to individual theatre artists and/or organizations.
    • Includes publications, professional development through workshops, symposia and roundtables, managerial support, information resources, projects that utilize technology, subsidized space for rehearsals and performances, festivals, and initiatives extending beyond the scope of an organization’s general programming.
    • Applicants must be able to document a history of providing service(s) to the Theatre field of New York State.