September 17, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Announces $7.7 Million in Funding for Strategic Arts Partners across New York State

Governor Hochul Announces $7.7 Million in Funding for Strategic Arts Partners across New York State

New York State Council on the Arts has Provided More Than $36 million in State Funding Since June

Latest Awards Include 40 grants to Increase Vital Access to Funding; Champion Creativity in Local Communities

New York - Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that 40 grants totaling $7.7 million were awarded to arts partnerships throughout New York State. Administered through the New York State Council on the Arts, these grants will increase access to vital arts funding and champion creativity in local communities.

"The economic struggles resulting from the pandemic have impacted arts institutions especially hard, threatening many of the organizations and partnerships that play such an important role in our state's vibrant, healthy communities," Governor Hochul said. "These grants will provide the critical funding arts partnerships can use to access public support and bolster creativity in local communities."

The grants support a range of services, including the administration of regrants, technical assistance, and targeted support focusing on creativity and public engagement. View a full list of recipients.

The Council on the Arts' Statewide Community Regrants Program -formerly known as the Decentralization Program -promotes local decision-making through regional arts organizations. Since June, the council has awarded approximately $6 million to statewide community regrant sites.

The council provides direct support to approximately 1,200 grantees throughout the state. Partnership grants provide more opportunities for non-profit organizations to administer targeted funding to local artists and arts organizations not directly offered by the council, thereby increasing access to vital arts funding for all 62 counties.

"NYSCA supports local artists and non-profits by administering vital funding across all regions of our great state." NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus said. "Our Fiscal Year 2022 strategic goals prioritize expanding eligibility and increasing access for the full and richly diverse ecosystem of artists and arts organizations of New York. NYSCA regrants are a critical piece of NYSCA's mission to develop and support the diverse spectrum of artists living and creating in New York State."

"We are grateful to Governor Hochul and the Legislature for their recognition of the critical role the arts play in the health and vitality of New Yorkers and our economy. This historic Fiscal Year 2022 investment in the arts is essential to New York's multi-year recovery, our collective spirit, and the revival of local economies," NYSCA Chairwoman Katherine Nicholls said. "Since NYSCA announced their opportunities for Fiscal Year 2022, they have deployed critical funding and hosted numerous virtual convenings on an expedited timeline to reach the outstanding arts organizations and artists of New York State. On behalf of the Council, I am proud of their dedication to reach new applicants - including new partnership grants - which in turn will inspire artists and the communities in which they create."

About the New York State Council on the Arts

The Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. The council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life.Through its core grantmaking activity, the Council on the Arts awarded more than $40 million in FY 2021. Through the statewide grants and regrants program, the council supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities.

The Council on the Arts further advances New York's creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit, and follow NYSCA's Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts

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