January 26, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Over $41 Million for Cultural and Arts Organizations

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Over 1,200 Organizations Across New York Receive Grants for Arts Programs
Funding Includes Arts Career Development Fellowships for Underserved Communities


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $41.26 million for cultural and arts organizations throughout the state. The grants were awarded to 1,230 organizations to support the creation of visual, performing, literary, and media arts, as well as arts education, economic development through the arts, and cultural programs for underserved populations.
"These grants reinforce New York’s role as a global cultural destination, promote learning for all ages, cultivate creativity, and build community," Governor Cuomo said. “From world-renowned cultural centers like Carnegie Hall to high quality public art programs, in-school arts education, and free performances, New York is a hub of cultural activity and artistic talent, and we must ensure that art is accessible to all New Yorkers."
New York State Council on the Arts grants are awarded in 16 programs in all of New York’s 62 counties. A full list of grantees is available here.

The regional funding breakdown is below:


FY17 Grants

New York City


Long Island




Capital Region


North Country


Mohawk Valley


Central New York


Southern Tier


Finger Lakes


Western New York






This year's awardees include:

  • The Public Theater, which is currently developing a new Stephen Sondheim-David Ives musical, “Buñuel.”
  • The Rochester Fringe Festival to present more than 500 performances by theatre groups, musicians, comedians and dancers in 25+ indoor and outdoor venues
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center, which partners with Buffalo Public Schools to teach creative writing and brings world-renowned authors to Western New York
  • Sculpture Space in Utica to host 20 artists from around the world to create new community-based work
  • New York City Center for free performances at the Delacorte Theatre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fall for Dance, and to present an annual flamenco festival
  • The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville for a virtual reality initiatives and for Minds in Motion, which teaches students to make animated films
  • The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, which holds a collection of 130,000 artifacts hosts screenings and exhibitions of interactive and digital media
  • Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, which cultivates folk traditions and regional culture in the North Country

Three grant opportunities through the Regional Economic Development Council Program are new this year: initiatives devoted to the Erie Canal Bicentennial, initiatives devoted to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, and Arts Career Development Fellowships for Underserved Communities.  
New York State Council on the Arts Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel said, “NYSCA support enables New York State to maintain and advance its role as a global cultural center. Our grantees represent the high quality and diversity of artists and arts organizations from the North Country to the Southern Tier. From preservation of historic architecture to digital media innovations to our new fellowship devoted to promoting inclusion, our goal is to empower our artists and arts organizations to realize their potential and inspire our constituents.”
New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Mara Manus said, “NYSCA’s FY2017 grants not only provide crucial support for the arts throughout New York State but also demonstrate our commitment to fulfilling the economic and community needs of our constituents through the arts. Through our funding programs, convenings, communications, and new initiatives, we look forward to deepening our role as a vital resource for our grantees and the public in 2017 and beyond.”
About The New York State Council on the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts champions community and creativity by preserving and advancing numerous aspects of the cultural heritage that makes New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. These aims are primarily achieved through the agency’s grant-making activity. Annually, the agency awards $41 Million to more than 1,200 organizations statewide.
The projects, artists and organizations NYSCA supports underscore the diversity and scope of the State’s residents and visitors. From New York City’s landmarks to traditional artisans in the North Country, from international dance companies to teaching artists in inner-city schools, the impact of the agency’s funding can be seen in each of the State’s 62 counties. Annually, NYSCA’s funding helps to engage new audiences, drive artistic excellence and innovation introduce children to the arts, build organizational capacity and support our State’s organizations.
Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960, and continued and expanded to the present day with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA is an agency of the Executive Branch of the New York State Government. For more information on NYSCA, please visit: www.arts.ny.gov.  

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