NYSCA Grants $8.8M; FY2001 Totals $48.4M

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded $8.8 million in grants to 659 not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations statewide during its fourth and final round of funding for fiscal year 2001.

Major grants went to the following New York City organizations related to performance arts:

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York $28,041; Carnegie Hall Corporation $50,000; City Center $23,000; Dance Theatre of Harlem $100,000; Ensemble Studio Theatre $22,931; Harlem School of the Arts $129,891; Henry Street Settlement $85,500; Joyce Theater Foundation $25,000; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts $57,000; New Heritage Repertory Theatre $30,000; New York City Ballet $365,000; New York Foundation for the Arts $353,761; Non-Traditional Casting Project $15,000; Pan Asian Repertory Theatre $35,000; Theater for the New City $50,000; Theatre Development Fund $49,000; Trisha Brown Dance Company $56,000; Vineyard Theatre & Workshop Center $52,500; and Wooster Group $26,500.

Other major grants went to:

Arts & Business Council $142,000; Foundation for Dance Promotion $32,000; Haleakala Inc. $30,421; International Arts Relations $81,000; Lubovitch Dance Foundation $44,000; New York Landmarks Conservancy $80,851; Parsons Dance Foundation $54,000; Paul Taylor Dance Foundation $115,000; and Standby Program Inc. $54,268.

"The arts are such an important aspect of our society," Gov. George Pataki noted in announcing the grants. "They add tremendous energy to the state both intellectually and economically. They lift our spirit, challenge our mind, and enrich us all in many ways."

NYSCA Chairman Richard J. Schwartz observed that the grants represent a 68.2 % increase in state funding since 1995. The current fiscal year saw NYSCA award $48.4 million in arts grants to approximately 1,300 arts and cultural organizations throughout the state.

Four times a year, NYSCA employs a four-step application review process to determine grant funding. The process involves NYSCA staff, qualified advisory panels, and council members. Each grant is reviewed for artistic and programmatic quality, organizational capacity, service and access to the public, and public education.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations apply for NYSCA grants by artistic discipline. Discipline/program areas include architecture, planning and design/capital projects, arts in education, dance, electronic media and film, folk arts, individual artists, literature, museum, music, presenting, special arts services, state and local partnerships, theatre and visual arts.

Arts and cultural organizations interested in applying for NYSCA grants must submit an application by March 1 for Fiscal Year 2002. Copies of the guidelines and application will be available in Mid-January at www.nysca.org or by calling NYSCA's office at (212) 387-7000.