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.



NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees transform a historic site through music and light art, collaborate on new dance residencies, share the art of double dutch, illuminate Native American culture, sing arias at Attica, and more.

Free BPO concert shines a light on the Richardson Complex

Buffalo News

“The Richardson Complex is about to shine. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing a free nighttime concert on the south lawn of the recently renovated architectural masterpiece. Along with the performance, the buildings will light up with extravagant moving images by local lightmapping artists Projex, with artistic direction by Keith Harrington. The concert is called ‘Enlighten.’…Designed by world-renowned architect H.H. Richardson, the Richardson Complex has long battled a sinister, and unfair, reputation. It was home for many years to the Buffalo State Hospital For the Insane. Many people see it as a place of tragedy and abuse. The buildings’ 19th century design can also seem dark and archaic. In reality, the hospital was conceived with the best intentions. Richardson was one of the most sought-after architects of his day, known for the beauty of his creations. The hospital also engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds…What better time to shine a light on the buildings than when the Richardson Complex, anchored by the new Hotel Henry, is seeing a rebirth? To emphasize themes of hope and healing, [Music Director JoAnn) Falletta has designed a program of music by composers who struggled with various conditions, including depression and alcoholism. Visuals of fireworks will add color to Handel’s ‘Music For the Royal Fireworks.’ Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from ‘Swan Lake’ accompanies visuals inspired by various patterns of the Richardson buildings. Rachmaninoff and Beethoven also figure in the evening. The light show’s theme will change with every selection.” NYSCA supports enLIGHTen through our Regional Economic Development Council initiative and provides general support to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra through our Music Program.

BAM and Lumberyard Create New Dance Residencies

New York Times

“The Brooklyn Academy of Music, in what it says is its first formal relationship with a residency partner, will join forces with the budding Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts organization in upstate New York to commission and nurture three new dance works. David Neumann, Kimberly Bartosik and Kaneza Schaal — artists from New York’s world of downtown dance and theater — were chosen for the partnership’s first year…The three artists will receive residencies at Lumberyard (formerly known as the American Dance Institute) in Catskill, N.Y., where their new works will have premieres ahead of being included in the Brooklyn Academy’s 2018 Next Wave Festival. The residencies come with a $10,000 development fee, in addition to technical and dramaturgical support, as well as housing, meals and transportation.” NYSCA supports BAM through our Presenting and Electronic Media & Film Programs and Lumberyard through our Presenting Program.

Native American culture celebrated in Victor

TWC News

“Making a connection through art: that’s the goal of the 26th Annual Native American Dance and Music Festival at the Ganondagan Historic Site in Victor…It’s an opportunity to experience both historic and contemporary Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, culture. ‘If you’ve been schooled in western knowledge, a lot of people will say we’re extinct a long time ago,’ said a member of the Akwesasne Women Singers who uses her Mohawk name, Kaiatahente. ‘And we are living proof that we still exist. And all those things that were given us, we’ve learned from the elders.’ That includes songs, instruments, dances, storytelling, and handiwork that have been passed down for generations. New this year is another way to experience living Native American culture: a juried art show that organizers say is the only one of its kind in the East…It’s even drawing people from abroad… ‘This is an opportunity to get to know the culture and kind of be ambassadors and really share what they know,’ said Joseph. ‘So Ganondagan really is a bridge between native and non-native cultures.’” Through the Regional Economic Development initiative, NYSCA provided Workforce Investment support to accommodate increased programming. NYSCA also supports Ganondagan’s festival through our Folk Arts Program.

The Art and Artistry of Double Dutch

New York Times

“Double Dutch may sound like child’s play, but it’s more than just skipping rope…While just about anyone can do it, the best practitioners use athleticism, finesse and musicality to transform it from a game into a choreographic feat. Yes, double Dutch is very much an art form. And who knew? It even has roots at Lincoln Center. Jill Sternheimer, the director of public programming at Lincoln Center, had no idea herself until she stumbled upon a video circulating on Facebook. The footage, from Skip Blumberg’s 1981 documentary ‘Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show,’ chronicled a competition held on the plaza…For ’Til the Street Lights Come On: Celebrating Double Dutch in New York City, which is part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday and Sunday, Ms. Sternheimer reached out to Kaisha S. Johnson, a founder of Women of Color in the Arts, who has produced events at Lincoln Center for the past 11 years…’I saw all of the black and brown faces on the plaza of Lincoln Center,’ she said. ‘In my lifetime, I haven’t seen that happen ever again. I thought, we have to revitalize this competition, but it has to be more than just a competition.’ Along with the return of the tournament, which was held on the plaza from 1974 to 1984, ’Til the Street Lights Come On will have jumping stations for all levels, demonstrations, panel discussions and a screening of Mr. Blumberg’s film to place the artistry and impact of double Dutch in a greater context.” NYSCA supports Lincoln Center through our Presenting and Music Programs.

Riverdale gets culture injection through summer concert series

Riverdale Press

“Under the comfort of a big tree and a summer breeze, jazz group Ginetta’s Vendetta perform for an intimate crowd at the Amalgamated Train Park seeking only one thing: audience enjoyment…The July 18 concert was the first of seven free summer concerts in the northwest Bronx this summer arranged by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and the Bronx Council on the Arts. And with six more concerts to go, this collaboration is far from over. Planning the event is a team effort. Early on in the year, Dinowitz’s office reaches out to the council to start work on the concert series by first figuring out how to reconnect with groups they’ve worked with in the past, creating new relationships with artists they pick, and figuring out what kinds of music will be a good fit for each venue secured. ‘Music is so segmented,’ Dinowitz said, ‘but I think it’s important for people to be exposed to a variety of music.’ The arts council is based in Morris Park, but the concert series lets the organization reach out to neighboring communities like the northwest Bronx, said Charlie Vazquez, the new deputy director of the Bronx Council on the Arts. ‘This is the perfect way for us to meet people during the better weather months of the year in a live family-friendly setting,’ Vazquez said.” NYSCA supports the Bronx Council on the Arts through our State & Local Partnerships Program.

Opera in Attica: Bringing Arias to a Maximum-Security Prison

New York Times

“For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festival had left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Tuesday morning, driving three and a half hours across the state [to Attica] to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall.” Classical music organizations such as Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have also been presenting their programs in prison settings in recent years. “Even the fictional classical scene has taken note: The Amazon series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ filmed an episode about a concert on Rikers Island…This year Glimmerglass performed its first English-language opera in Attica, singing highlights from Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’…Ms. Zambello described to the audience the opera’s story, recounting the twists and turns of a work about love, loss, race, murder, drug use, imprisonment, perseverance and hope. When she set the scene for one aria by saying that ‘a crap game starts,’ a murmur of recognition rippled through the audience. When she said that Crown, the opera’s villain, ‘murders someone impulsively,’ an inmate exclaimed: ‘Oh, man!’…Inmates and guards gave a standing ovation when the performance ended, and one inmate cried out: ‘Bravo! Encore!’ NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.

It’s a G Thing: Harlem’s National Dance Institute gives kids access to the arts


“The magic is in the movement for the tappers here at the National Dance Institute…the nonprofit’s summer program [expands] on the range of styles [students learn] during the school year. ‘The national dance institute works with over 6,500 children during the school year here in NYC in 41 schools,’ Ellen Weinstein, artistic director, explained…The majority of these young performers are from low-income communities and come far and wide for the chance to dance…NDI was founded in 1976 by the legendary New York City Ballet dancer, Jacques d’Amboise. He believed all kids have the right to the arts. ‘I just felt that a learned person should be able to sing or play a musical instrument, should know poetry and drama, and should be able to dance,’ d’Amboise said.  So he surrounds students with greatness: great paintings, great teachers and great musicians to help them evolve all-around. ‘Dancing gives me confidence and so I can do other things,’ Madeleine Ford described. ‘NDI is also about being kind to each other and making friends and stuff and that’s just like a really good life skill.’” NYSCA supports NDI through our Dance and Arts Education Programs.

Local Arts Funding Opportunities: DEC Application Deadline Calendar

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Council grantee choreographer, teacher and performer Annie Ferdous.

Through our Decentralization program, NYSCA provides funding to regional arts councils and centers to regrant to local arts organizations. This funding allows us to support a total of 2,500 arts groups in all 62 New York State counties.

At many of our Decentralization (DEC) sites, it’s time to get your 2018 applications ready.

The following DEC Sites have posted information about their 2018 grant funding including application deadlines, informational meetings and grant writing workshop opportunities:

Adirondack Lake Center for Arts (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties)

The Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts offers two categories of grant opportunities: Community Arts and Arts Education. All applicants must attend one of the scheduled grant writing seminars or request a consultation with the grant coordinator. The deadline for the 2018 grant application is October 23, 2017.



Arts Center of the Capital Region (Albany, Renssalaer, and Schenectady Counties)

The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers grants for Community Arts, Arts in Education, and Individual Artists.  Guidelines for 2018 applications are now available, and applications are due November 19, 2017.



Arts Council for Wyoming County (Wyoming County)

The Arts Council for Wyoming County offers grants opportunities for Individual Artists, Community Arts, and Arts Education. Check in with their website regularly for more information coming on 2018 grants.



Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties)

The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’s Presentation Funds grants have an upcoming deadline of August 7, 2017. Check in with their website regularly for more information on additional 2018 grants.



Arts Mid- Hudson (Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties)

Arts Mid-Hudson offers grants for arts and cultural projects, individual artists, and arts learning grants for after school and community-based programs in Duchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties. Deadlines for 2018 funding have passed. Check in with their website regularly for information about 2019 grants.



Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (Erie and Niagara Counties)

The Arts Services Initiative of Western New York offers grant opportunities in Community Arts, Arts Education, and for Individual Artists. The deadline for the 2018 applications is September 22, 2017.



ArtsWestchester (Westchester and Rockland Counties)

ArtsWestchester’s Arts Alive grant program offers opportunities in three categories which include projects, artists and arts education. The deadline for the 2018 application is October 4, 2017.



Auburn Public Theater (Cayuyga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties)

Auburn Public Theater provides individual, community, and arts education grants through Finger Lakes Community Arts and serves Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. The deadline for all three categories is October 13, 2017.



Bronx Council on the Arts (Bronx County)

The Bronx Council on the Arts offers an Artist for Community grant opportunity and Community Arts Grants. The deadline to submit a 2018 Artist for Community grant is October 13, 2017. Grant writing workshops are provided and the last How-to-Apply workshop will be held on July 25, 2017 at 6:00pm at Green Worker Cooperatives. Community Arts Grants applications are due November 17, 2017.



Brooklyn Arts Council (Kings County)

The Brooklyn Arts Council offers grant opportunities for Local Arts Support. The deadline for 2018 application is September 20, 2017 and applicants will be notified in January 2018. For applicants that have not received a grant since 2015 funding cycle, attending an information session is required. Sessions will be held on July 31, August 2, 3, 8, 10, 19, 21, and 24 at various locations. Please see website for more details.



Cattaraugus County Arts Council (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties)

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council offers opportunities for grants in Artist in Community, Community Arts, and Arts Education. The deadline for the 2018 application is October 6, 2017. Grant application information sessions are being held periodically through September 29, 2017 at various locations. See website for more details.



Chenango Arts Council (Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties)

The Chenango Arts Council provides grants for community arts and arts education in Broome, Chenango, and Otsego Counties. The deadline for 2018 funding has passed. Check in with their website regularly for information about 2019 grants.



Community Arts Partnership (Tompkins County)

The Community Arts Partnership offers grant opportunities in three categories. The Grants for Arts Programs deadline is October 5, 2017, the Artist in the Community Grant deadline is October 12, 2017, and the Arts Education Grant deadline is November 20, 2017. All grant application deadlines are for 2018 projects.



CNY Arts (Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties)

CNY Arts offers grant opportunities in Community Arts, Individual Artist Commissions, and Arts Education. More information on deadlines and guidelines will be coming soon. All applicants must attend an informational seminar or fulfill one of the required alternatives.


Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (Sullivan County)

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance offers Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants. The deadline for 2018 funding has passed. Visit DVAA’s website regularly for information about 2019 grants.


Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (Genesee and Orleans Counties)

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council offers Reach, Ripple and Spark grant opportunities. The Reach grant provides funding to organizations for supporting arts and cultural programs and projects, the Ripple grant provides funding to individual artists, and the Spark grant provides funding to arts education initiatives. All grant application deadlines are September 29, 2017. The application portal opened July 24, 2017. All applicants that did not attend a grant workshop in 2016 for the 2017 cycle are required to attend this year. Workshops are available through August 11 attendees must make reservations at least two days in advance.



Greene County Council on the Arts (Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties)

The Greene County Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities for Individual Artists, Community Arts and Arts Education. The deadline for the 2018 grant application is September 30, 2017. One-on-one meetings and application draft review will be available through September 14, 2017. All applicants must attend an informational meeting in the county they are applying. Sessions will be held July 24, 30, August 7, 8, and 15. See their website for details on time and location.

http://www.greenearts.org/schoharie-county-2018-decentralization-grant-informational- meetings-dates/


Huntington Arts Council (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)

The Huntington Arts Council offers Creative Individual grants, Creative Communities grants and Creative Learning grants. All applications must be received by December 1, 2017. All applicants are required to attend a grants workshop. The grants workshop schedule will be available soon.



Livingston Arts (Livingston and Monroe Counties)

Livingston Arts offers grant opportunities to Artists in Education, Individual Artists, and Community Arts. For Livingston County, applications are due September 21, 2017. For Monroe County, applications are due October 19, 2017.



Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (Warren and Washington Counties)

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council offers Community Arts grant opportunities for Organizations, Individuals, and Education. The 2018 application deadline is October 27, 2017. All new applicants are required to attend and informational seminar or set up a meeting with the grants coordinator. Workshops will be held July 21, August 1, 29, and September 7 at various locations. Returning applicants must make the grants coordinator aware of their intent to apply by September 29, 2017.



Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York County)

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offers grant opportunities for Creative Engagement and Creative Learning. The 2018 grant application deadline is September 12, 2017. All first-time applicants are required to attend an information session.

Returning applicants interested in Creative Engagement grants must attend a session if they have not attended an information session for Creative Engagement, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, or The Fund for Creative Communities in 2014 or later.

Returning applicants interested in Creative Learning must attend a session if they did not attend one in 2016. Session dates for both grant programs will be held July 24, August 8, 9, 14, 24, 31, and September 6 at various locations. See website for details.



Putnam Arts Council (Putnam County)

The Putnam Arts Council offers grants opportunities for high quality artistic and cultural projects which take place in Putnam County and are open to the public Check in with their website regularly for more information coming on 2018 grants.



Queens Council on the Arts (Queens County)

The Queens Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities to organizations and individuals. These categories include the Arts Access Grant, Community Arts Grant, Community Engagement Commissioning, the New Work Grant. The deadline for all 2018 grant applications is October 26, 2017. Applicants applying for the first time and returning applicants that have not applied in the last two years must attend an information session at a group session or an individual meeting with a QCA staff member.



Roxbury Arts Group (Delaware County)

The Roxbury Arts Group offers grant opportunities for Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artists. Grant information sessions will be held August 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, and 15 at various locations. Attendance is highly recommended. The application period will be open between September 1 and October 27. A link will be made available on the website beginning September 1.



Saratoga County Arts Council (Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)

The Saratoga County Arts Council offers grant opportunities for Community Arts, Artists, and Arts Education. For 2018 grant applications, the letter of intent deadline is September 15, 2017, the application review deadline is October 12, 2017 and the application deadline is November 2, 2017. New applicants must attend an in-person seminar or a live webinar. Pre-registration is required.



St. Lawrence County Arts Council (Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties)

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has three funding programs: Public Art Fellowship, Teaching Artists’ Fund, and Community Arts Grant. The 2018 grant application deadline is September 15, 2017. First-time applicants must attend a grant workshop. Workshop will be held July 25, August 1, 10, and 12 at various locations.



Staten Island Arts (Richmond County)

Staten Island Arts offers grants for artists, arts and cultural organizations, and arts-in-education programs. Applications for 2018 projects will be available in September 2017. Check in with their website regularly for further instructions and guidelines for 2018 grants.


NYSCA Grants in Action: City of Water Day with Long Island Traditions

City of Water Day, a celebration of the waterfronts of New York and New Jersey rang in its tenth year this July. Often held on Governors Island, this year, the event took place at Hunts Point Riverside Park, presented by Long Island Traditions—a NYSCA grantee—and non-profit organization Rocking the Boat.

In addition to exploring the waterways that border the Bronx, community members had the chance to learn about maritime crafts and traditions, and listen to traditional Trinidadian music, all presented by Long Island Traditions.

Park-goers enjoy steelband music by musician Ricardo Greenway

Long Island Traditions, directed by folklorist Nancy Solomon, is dedicated to the preservation of Long Island’s traditional culture, in particular the rich maritime history and contemporary culture. Long Island Traditions is supported by NYSCA’s Folk Arts program.

Rocking the Boat, a non-profit located in the south Bronx, teaches students to work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Every Saturday during the summer Rocking the Boat hosts Free Community Rowing Programs, where community members board student-made boats and have the chance to explore their community while rowing down the Hudson.

Chris Letts was among the maritime masters who joined the celebration at Riverside Park. A retired fisherman who has worked up and down the Hudson River, Chris shared his favorite seafood recipes, how to fish for eel, and talked about the impact of environmental changes on the fishing industry.

Chris Letts, pictured here with a crab trap and eel-spear.

Chris was joined by two other maritime masters.

Peter Sherman is a sailmaker who has worked with Rocking the Boat many times. Peter works to repair the organization’s sails and has recently taken on an apprentice. Together they explained the different kinds of materials used for sails over the years and demonstrated to visitors the techniques and tools used by sailmakers.

Peter Sherman and his apprentice, McKinney previously a student, who now works at Rocking the Boat.

Boatbuilder and half model maker, Chris Hale was also “on deck” at City of Water Day. Chris has built boats all over Long Island, but that day he was showcasing his model building skills.

Chris Hale pictured here, showing a young visitor how he shapes his models.

For more information on Long Island Traditions and Rocking the Boat please visit http://www.longislandtraditions.org/index.html  and http://rockingtheboat.org/.

Women in NY Culture: Seen and Heard at the Everson Museum


“Seen and Heard” exhibition on view through August 27, 2017 at the Everson Museum of Art

This year, NYSCA honors the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Through our Regional Economic Development Council initiative, we have provided FY2017 grants to organizations commemorating the occasion through their programs. In addition, on this blog, we will regularly pay tribute to grantees who honor the Centennial and showcase the impact of women in New York State arts and culture.

For our latest Women in NY Culture feature, we spoke with DJ Hellerman, Curator of Art and Programs at the Everson Museum of Art, about the exhibition Seen and Heard: An Active Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage. Through NYSCA’s REDC initiative, the Everson received funding to create this summer exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in New York State. Seen and Heard explores the use of the arts as a catalyst for social change and features the work of nine contemporary artists as well as several works from the Everson’s collection. By presenting Seen and Heard, the Museum hopes to empower citizens to participate in the local democratic process by sharing their unique perspectives, to create positive change, and to demonstrate the role of the Everson as a community resource for activism through the arts.

Located in Syracuse, the Everson houses 11,000 works of American art – including one of the largest ceramics collections in the U.S. – in an I.M. Pei-designed building. In addition to NYSCA’s REDC initiative, the museum receives support through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

“Seen and Heard” exhibition on view through August 27, 2017 at the Everson Museum of Art


NYSCA: Why did the Everson Museum choose to focus on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial to create Seen and Heard?

DH: What a great opportunity to focus on political representation. Women’s Suffrage is an important part of New York’s history and its impact is not confined to the past. We decided to do a commemoration because the Suffrage ethos is still active in Central New York.

NYSCA: Why include contemporary artists, and why these artists in particular?

DH: It was important for us to work with artists actively engaged in issues of representation and visibility at this moment.

The artists in the exhibition bring a wide range of life experiences and bring many different perspectives to the show. Those experiences become content in the artwork and give us the opportunity to have intergenerational conversations about some of the most important issues of our time. We also included artworks from our permanent collection as a way to provide an historical grounding for some of the issues each artist is addressing.

NYSCA: What issues does the exhibition address, and how?

DH: Women’s issues, of course, primarily the ongoing fight for equal rights and representation for women, but also ideas about women’s bodies. The exhibition also addresses issues of racism, colonialization, imperialism, and capitalism. In different ways, these are all –isms that systematically oppress an individual’s freedom.

The exhibition shows the arts as a catalyst for social change by urging viewers to wake up and pay attention. We aim to spark ideas, and nudge people into action.

NYSCA: Can you describe a few of the pieces in the exhibition that exemplify its goals?

DH: Lionel Cruet depicts the interactive nature of the environment using digital printing, performance, and installations. Cruet’s At the End of Daybreak centers on a massive semi-translucent cube. Video projections throughout the gallery show an erupting volcano, which spews lava and bursting fire—all natural phenomena that have the potential to create new geological formations. The title of the installation refers to Cahier d’un retour au pays natal (1939), translated as Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, a book-length poem by Martinican writer Amié Césaire. A Speculative Atlas of the Caribbean is a photo installation from Cruet’s growing archive of images that explore the tensions and contradictions inherent to those with social and political power.

Mildred Beltré is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in grassroots, social justice political movements, their associated participants, structures, and how those ideas affect social relations. Her work for Seen and Heard centers around non-hierarchical, prefigurative politics. In creating banners featuring provocative imagery and playful double entrendrés, Beltré uses humor to ask what it means to want to create a world free of sexist, racist, capitalist, and imperialist subjectivity and what it takes to make revolution desirable. For Beltré, social change requires putting one’s own body on the line, having “skin in the game” as well as laughter, warmth, and human connection.

Jessica Posner is a feminist artist who creates experiences, objects, images, and language in response to cultural, historical, and structural violence against female subjects. Since moving to Syracuse in 2013, Posner has used butter—a product she associates with the populist butter sculptures of the New York State Fair—as a metaphor for a delicious, fleshy, and slippery body politic. VENUS is a life-sized reinterpretation of the Venus of Willendorf, a four and a half inch tall figurine carved between 28,000 and 24,000 BCE. Posner’s VENUS, a large fleshy female form whose womanliness is accentuated even more due to her size, is totemic and powerful, commanding attention and respect. At the same time, Posner incorporates her typical blend of ironic humor: the figure, carved from Styrofoam, is covered in a butter and beeswax mixture she developed by watching YouTube videos of Tibetan monks making sacred butter sculptures integral to their religious practices.

NYSCA: What do you most hope visitors will take away from the exhibition?

DH: We’ve got a lot of work to do. And, that work happens together.