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26November 2019

New York State Council on the Arts Awards $72,000 to The Art Effect

The Art Effect today announced that it has been awarded a $72,000 grant over three years from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York State.

The Art Effect is one of 462 arts organizations across New York State receiving a total of $8,383,993 million in grants through NYSCA’s FY2020 funding to support arts programs that drive New York State’s economic growth and community health. The Art Effect will receive $24,000 each year for three years, beginning in 2020, for general operating support.

 “The arts and culture are a critical driver of health in people and places,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director of New York State Council on the Arts. “Our state’s creative industries generate a total of $120 billion to the state economy, account for 466,000 jobs, and play a significant role in revitalization, education and social justice.

NYSCA will award a total of $41 million to arts organizations across New York State for FY2020. The second of three rounds of NYSCA funding for FY2020 includes support for museums, theatres, and arts organizations that drive tourism and anchor communities and arts education programs essential to learning for all ages, including public school students, aging populations and at-risk youth.

The Art Effect received funding through NYSCA’s Arts Education Program to support general operating activities in 2020. It also receives support through NYSCA’s Electronic Media and Film Program to support Spark Studios, a filmmaking workforce development program for Poughkeepsie youth, in 2019 and 2020.

“This is an incredible vote of confidence in The Art Effect,” says Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director of The Art Effect. “We have a long history of partnership with NYSCA and this new funding announcement will allow us to continue our impactful arts education programs across the board.”

NYSCA Round II grant awards were made through the agency’s Arts Education, Special Arts Services, Museum, Theatre, Music, Dance, Literature, and Visual Arts Programs. A list of NYSCA grantees searchable by program and location is available here.

“New York’s cultural sector is a driving force in our state’s economy,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts.  “As our arts organizations expand their audiences and programs with NYSCA support, we will serve many more New Yorkers and build the vitality of our communities statewide.”

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. NYSCA 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, NYSCA awarded $51M in FY2019 to 2,400 organizations statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs, the Regional Economic Development Council initiative and the Mid-Size Capital Project Fund. NYSCA funding supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities. NYSCA further advances New York’s creative culture by hosting convenings with leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. 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

BY The Art Effect