The New York State Council on the Arts will distribute $40 million in grants to 1,225 arts and cultural organizations statewide, supporting nearly 150 artists across 10 regions.
“During an unprecedented and most challenging year for our sector, New York State arts and cultural institutions have continued to showcase their inspiring resiliency, creating and connecting with their communities in the most innovative of ways,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus. “New York is the home to countless cultural anchors that fuel our creative economy and New York’s artistic ecosystem. NYSCA is grateful for Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to recognizing the valuable role the arts are playing in building our economy back from the damage done by the global pandemic.”
NYSCA’s funding prioritizes underrepresented regions and communities as well as small and medium-sized organizations. More than $31 million of its total awards this year went to organizations with operating budgets of less than $5 million.
In the Finger Lakes Region, NYSCA awarded 30 grants totaling nearly $550,000. That amount includes nearly $70,000 for the Arts Council for Wyoming County, $49,000 for Garth Fagan Dance, nearly $70,000 for Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc. and $69,000 for the University of Rochester.
“In many ways, arts and cultural organizations make up the fabric of their communities and have proven to be instrumental in the financial, social, mental and physical health of New Yorkers,” said NYSCA Chair Katherine Nichols. “NYSCA recognizes the immensely challenging climate for arts and cultural organizations across New York. It is the state’s priority to reopen the arts safely and to support a return of the arts to our daily lives.”
NYSCA preserves and advances the arts and culture in New York state. Through its core grantmaking activity, the organization awarded $43.8 million in fiscal 2020 to 2,500 organizations statewide.