NYSCA Is the oldest and largest cultural agency of its kind in the United States.
It didn’t take long for the idea of public fundig for arts and culture to take hold - The NEA was actually founded basde on the model set forth by NYSCA.
NYSCA funds operating support for administration and ongoing programs, project support for new and ongoing activities, and professional development.
Our close regular interaction with arts and cultural field has led to a number of different ways that we respong to the community in addition to funding.
We have 15 different disciplines funded at NYSCA, I will briefly walk you through each discipline and the staff attendant to each – Kristin Heron is the senior program officer in charge of APD, whose budget last year was $1.3 million to 83 projects
Arts Education is overseen by Kathleen Masterson, and had a budget last year of 3.6 million to 240 requests
Dance senior program officer is Beverly D’anne, and the budget was 2.3 million to 122 different projects
Electronic Media and Film is overseen by SPO Karen Helmerson, budget of 2 million, to 162 requests
Folk Arts is overseen by Robert Baron, budget of 1.2 million to 92 organizations
Individual Atrists is overseen by Helen Cash Jackson, budget of 2.1 million to 85 requests
Literature is overseen by SPO Robert Zukerman, budget of 1 million, to 141 projects
Museum Program is overseen by Kristin Herron, 3.9 million to 146 projects
Music is overseen by Beverly D’anne, last year budget was 3.3 million, to 251 requests
Presenting Organizations, or POP as wel call it os overseen by Leanne Tintori Wells, with a budget of 2 million to 157 requests
Special Arts Services is overseen by Robert Baron, SPO. 2.5 million, to 134 requests
State and Local Partnerships is overseen by Lisa Johnson, budget of 5.3 million, to 140 organizations
THeatrs is overseen by Robert Zukerman with a budget of 3.1 million to 302 organizations
Visual arts is overseen by Karen Helmerson, budget of 1.3 million to 68 organizations.
As a state agency NYSCA’s budget is part of the enacted budget, agreed upon by the Legislature and the governor who signs the budget bill into law. In addition NYSCA applies each year for supplemental funding through State Patrnerships of the NEA
This is to give you a snapshot of how we have been all over the map in our funding over recent years.- note 88 – 90, 92/93, and then where we are now…
This shows how our budget is broken up and how it has played out over the years….
We are not permitted to lobby – if and when we are called for remarks about the budget we must be supportive We also cannot fund lobbying
Largest cultural funder in US is……NEA, whose budget last year totaled 155 million. Anyone know who the second largest is? The NYC DCA, who serves over 850 cultural orgs, in addition to 34 cultural institutions on city owned property. In fy09 their budget was 152 million with a capital budget of 1 billion over 5 years.
The council awards grants to nonprofit organizations incorporated in NY state, Indian tribes and units of local government. To be eligible to apply, organizations must be incorporated, have an FEI number, and upto date registration with eth Charities registration Bureau
Every grant we make goes through the same process
We have three different levels of staff review, one of which used to include an actual site visit which do not happen anymore due to budget constraints
Panelists can be nominated by staff, Council members or the general public. Staff in consultation with the Deputy and ED is charged with establishing a panel for each discipline that is well balanced, diverse, and representative of the field.
The panel rates each request according to the same three evaluative criteria across the Council
Once the panel has met and rated requests, staff assigns funding recommendations according to the strength of the ratings. These recommendations , along with panel comments go to the committees who review the scores and projects, ask questions, and may make their own recommendations
Any recommendations made are not set in stone until the actual Council meeting occurs
Here are some general guidelines about NYSCA grants. All grants are awarded on a single year basis, and some are renewable annually up to a maximum of three years, subject to approval of the Council.
There are several initiatives undertaken by NYSCA in the last year or two despite budget cuts, losing staff and having a quick unexpected sucession of leadership in Albany- for Quebec, NYSC and the Council of the arts and letters of Quebecwill soon sign a agreement to create new arts and cultural exchange initiatives to include artist exchange, cultural tourism initiatives, Dissemination of information about work processes for artists and border crossing. Other initiatives not mentioned includes of course Cultural Blueprints, and our partnership with NYCON which has brought us here today and provided membership to every organization that NYSCA funds.
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NYSCA Founded in 1960 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, NYSCA is an agency of the Executive Branch of the New York State Government.
NYSCA NYSCA was the first of its kind; by the mid-1960s, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) had been established, and more than two dozen other states had established arts councils of their own.
<ul><li>NYSCA’s grantmaking budget for the 2011 fiscal year totaled $35.15 million , and more than 2,100 grants were awarded. </li></ul>NYSCA Each year, NYSCA supports more than 1,400 nonprofit cultural organizations.
<ul><li>In addition to funding, NYSCA also provides: </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development advice </li></ul><ul><li>Arts information services </li></ul><ul><li>Networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Special projects addressing the needs of the cultural community </li></ul>NYSCA
ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING & DESIGN Supports design, planning, contemporary architecture, historic preservation projects, and Capital Funding to improve, expand & rehabilitate arts facilities. The High Line, New York City
ARTS EDUCATION Funds school based partnerships between arts groups and schools, and community based arts learning programs for all ages. Young Audiences of Western New York
DANCE Supports ballet and contemporary dance companies of various genres, choreographer commissions, residencies and rehearsal spaces. New York City Ballet
ELECTRONIC MEDIA & FILM Funds exhibition and residencies in film, electronic media and sound as an art form, as well as workspace for media production and preservation of film and electronic media. “ Immaculate Telegraphy” at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York City
FOLK ARTS Programs sustaining living traditions in source communities and performances, and supports exhibitions and lecture/demonstrations for general audiences. In addition, apprenticeships taught by master folk artists are funded. Celebrating the Lunar New Year
INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS Supports the creation of new work by composers and theatre artists, and artist-initiated projects in electronic media and film production. In 2009 , funded 109 artists at various stages of their careers. Henry Threadgill, NYSCA Grantee
LITERATURE Supports contemporary literary writing in fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction through publication of books and literary magazines, translation and public programs of readings. .J. Clark and Michael Ondaatje discuss the work of Andrey Platonov as part of the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival.
MUSEUM Provides funding for art, history, science and children’s museums. In addition, cataloguing and research projects, exhibitions and education programs are supported. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
MUSIC The production and performance of a wide range of genres is supported by the Music program. Through the musical instrument revolving loan fund, high quality instruments are loaned at low interest rates to musicians and music groups. Bang On A Can Marathon, 2007
PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS Support is provided to presenters of live performing arts, emphasizing innovative and culturally diverse programs for audiences of all ages. Celebrate Brooklyn!
SPECIAL ARTS SERVICES Funds arts activities within communities of color and other culturally specific communities, including performances and exhibitions. Instructional programs aimed towards professional careers or perpetuating traditional arts are also supported. SAS funds a wide range of artistic activity.
STATE & LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS Community cultural development is supported through the funding of local arts councils and multi-arts centers. In addition, a decentralization program provides re-grant funds for country and regional funding administered and decided locally. Volunteers from the community become workers who collectively make 10,000 unique leaves out of translucent acetate paper and gel color paints.
THEATRE Classical, contemporary and musical theatre is supported, along with experimental productions crossing disciplinary boundaries. La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City
VISUAL ARTS The creation and presentation of contemporary visual arts is supported through funding exhibitions, installations, workspace facilities, publications and critical writing. CAPTION Chad Hunt, at Center for Photography Woodstock
FISCAL YEAR 2010-2011 NYSCA’s enacted grantmaking budget for FY11 represents a 15.5% decrease from FY10. Grantmaking Budget (Local Assistance): $35,150,000 Administration (State Operations): $4,838,000 National Endowment for the Arts: $995,100
ARTS ADVOCACY As an Executive agency, NYSCA is generally not permitted to lobby (“lobbying” refers to advocacy efforts that attempt to influence legislation). NYSCA does work to maintain good relationships with the Governor’s office and both houses of the Legislature by providing information about NYSCA and the impact of the Arts on the citizens of New York.
HOW DOES NYSCA COMPARE? PUBLIC FUNDING NYSCA has the largest overall budget of any statewide arts agency or commission. In 2010 the following allocations (including grantmaking and administration) were enacted … New York State Council on the Arts $46,884,800 New Jersey Council on the Arts $14,847,000 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts $11,992,000 Texas Commission on the Arts $7,745,294 California Council on the Arts $4,300,000 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs $2,500,000
A FOUR-STEP REVIEW PROCESS <ul><li>Staff Review of application and support materials </li></ul><ul><li>Application review and rating by a Peer Panel </li></ul><ul><li>Council Committee review of funding recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Vote to approve funding by the Full Council </li></ul>
STAFF REVIEW NYSCA program staff verifies applicant eligibility and conducts a review of application materials in relation to the Council's three primary criteria and program-specific guidelines. Staff may meet with representatives of the organization, visit facilities, and attend programs to become familiar with the organization and its work. Staff review may be supplemented by reports from program auditors and field representatives who have expertise in a particular area.
PEER REVIEW PANELS Panels rate grant applications according to a nine (9) point scale. Each of the three primary criteria is rated independently. Those ratings are then averaged to produce a final rating. If an organization scores a three (3) or below on any single criteria, that application is removed from consideration.
EVALUATIVE FUNDING CRITERIA <ul><li>Artistic & Programmatic Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Managerial & Fiscal Competence </li></ul><ul><li>Service to the Public </li></ul>
COUNCIL COMMITTEE There are two committees composed of Council Members: Visual Arts , Multi-Disciplinary Arts , and Performing , Literary and Visual Arts . Funding recommendations and panel ratings are presented to the appropriate Committee for review and discussion. The Committees make funding recommendations to the full Council. Council Committee meetings are open to the public and are webcast .
FULL COUNCIL The full Council reviews funding recommendations and votes to approve grants. Upon Council approval of a grant, Cultural Service Contracts are issued to the organizations approved for funding. Council meetings are open to the public and are webcast .
GRANT AWARDS <ul><li>The Council does not make grants less than $2,500 </li></ul><ul><li>The maximum amount for any grant is $150,000. </li></ul><ul><li>An organization may not receive more than $200,000 in support in a single fiscal year. </li></ul><ul><li>The Council rarely funds: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The full amount of any request; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 50% of any project's budget; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 25% of any organization's budget in the case of requests for General Operating Support or General Program Support. </li></ul></ul>
CURRENT INITIATIVES <ul><li>Launching the Cultural Data Project (CDP) </li></ul><ul><li>Arts Education refocus </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Re-organizing NYSCA’s operations around a committee-based program structure </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring new ways to support Individual Artists </li></ul><ul><li>Quebec-New York Cultural Exchange partnership </li></ul>