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NEA Grants Help Support Artists, Musicians, As Well As Research And Learning In History, Literature, Arts & Other Areas Of The Humanities

Schumer, Gillibrand: Investing In The Arts Is How We Paint A More Vibrant Picture For New York’s Future!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,225,000 for dozens of grants distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to organizations across Upstate New York. The senators said this funding will allow beloved cultural organizations and nonprofits to support artists, musicians, exhibitions, educational programing and public engagement and outreach to help grow these vital industries in communities across Upstate NY.

“The arts are vital to our economy and society and breathe creativity and life into our communities. New York has long been a cultural and artistic hub thanks to our booming arts, music, and humanities groups. From the Arts Center in Troy to our unique Rochester Fringe Festival, this major investment is a win for tourists that come from near and far and our residents who live in communities that are vibrant hubs of the arts,” said Senator Schumer. “This $1.2 million federal boost will help create a brighter future for our local artists and creative arts communities, all while creating new jobs in the education and nonprofits sectors. I am proud to deliver this critical federal funding to support hundreds of organizations that make New York the #1 destination for arts and culture and will drive the Empire State to new heights for years to come.”

“The arts define who we are as a nation and are pivotal in the advancement of our education and economy,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Promoting the arts sparks life in our communities, and this $1.2 million in federal funding is a major investment in local organizations to advance art, music, and culture in Upstate New York. I am proud to deliver this funding and will continue to fight to bring federal dollars home to New York.”

Examples of recipients of NEA grants across various regions in New York are listed below. A full list of grant recipients can be found here

Western NY

  • $25,000 to support the Buffalo International Film Festival and associated public programming.
  • $25,000 for the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative to support Printing Partners, a free book arts education program for students.

Capital Region

  • $75,000 for New York Folklore Society in Schenectady to support artist-designed site markers, GIS story mapping, and community activities connecting residents and visitors to New York's Appalachian Region.
  • $60,000 for the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy to support a grant program for individual artists.
  • $20,000 for Skidmore college to support the Skidmore Jazz Institute.

Rochester – Finger Lakes

  • $50,000 for to support the Rochester Fringe Festival.
  • $15,000 for the Geneva Music Festival to support chamber music performances and educational activities.

Hudson Valley

  • $15,000 for Jazz Forum Arts to support its 2024 Summer Concert Series.
  • $10,000 for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to support the Tent Pole Commissioning program.  

Central NY

  • $40,000 for the SU Theatre Corporation (aka Syracuse Stage) to support Syracuse Stage's world premiere production of "The National Pastime" by Rogelio Martinez.

Southern Tier

  • $20,000 for Tri-Cities Opera Company to support a professional training program for emerging opera artists.