Established in 1971, the New York State Council on the Arts is an independent organization that has been serving and empowering individual artists across all disciplines through programs such as cash grants, professional development training, fiscal sponsorship and online services. Not only is the NYFA a progressive organization focused on rewarding and exposing New York City’s best and brightest artists, they’re also a wealth of knowledge.
One visit to the NYFA’s website and its clear why the organization continues to be an important presence in the lives of so many New York City artists, curators and galleries. First off, the NYFA provides artists, recent grads, students and the like with a stream of job opportunities, internships and opportunities to volunteer. Updated regularly, the NYFA Classifieds are the #1 place to explore the hottest, most in-demand jobs in the arts today. NYFA’s website also posts available studio space, event listings and opportunities/services for artists that include ‘calls for artists’, ‘grant opportunities’, and workshops/classes.
In addition to their classifieds section, the NYFA is responsible for some big awards, grants and fellowships. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, Artist Fellowships Program and the Artspire Fiscal Sponsorship are just a few of the many funding opportunities that the NYFA offers. Recently added, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund helps artists who have lost or had their studios/work damaged due to a natural disaster. As of September 2013, the fund has provided $1.5 million dollars to artists affected in the tri-state area.
Aside from the visual arts, the NYFA also supports those in the performance realm of art. Award programs like BUILD: NYC Dance Company Grants and The New York Theater Program help to fund other organizations by way of grant proposals to further enrich New York’s teeming cultural scene.
Today, the NYFA has awarded more than $30 million dollars to individual artists and its partnering organization, Artspire, has helped emerging arts organizations raise more than $50 million dollars since its establishment in 1973. Further, the NYFA offers entrepreneurial training, memberships, hosts podcasts and supplies curatorial services to help businesses, corporations and organizations find engaging artwork for their offices homes, festivals and other spaces.
For 40 years, the NYFA has supported New York City’s fledgling and vibrant arts scene, helping to make it the cultural and artistic hub of the world.