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$1 million prize to boost the arts in midtown New York

SYRACUSE — CNY Arts announced on Friday that it has received $1 million for statewide community grants and capacity-building initiatives. The funds were obtained through an initiative of the New York State Senate and are awarded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Of that amount, $510,000 will be donated to arts and culture organizations and artists in central New York and the Mohawk Valley, the announcement said, adding that the remaining amount of the award will fund capacity-building projects. , including an online arts and entertainment calendar, technical assistance programs, workshops and outreach initiatives.

The SCR funds will enable CNY Arts to distribute more than twice as many awards in 2023 as in previous years. As a result, CNY Arts will award at least 120 grants to organizations and artists in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Oswego and Onondaga counties.

The CNY Arts SCR program is designed to create a vigorous arts community in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley regions by providing project-specific support to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for arts programs, cultural, historical and heritage sites, officials from the organization said. .

“One of the reasons Central New York is known for its exceptional quality of life is our vibrant and exciting arts community that draws people to come, and even more so, to stay here,” said Senator Rachel May. , D-53, Syracuse. “I’m proud to have advocated for additional funding for the arts during the budget process, and I’m excited to see how the $1 million for CNY Arts will further support our thriving arts community.”

CNY Arts began participating in the SCR (formerly known as the Decentralization Program or DEC) in 1997. In recent years, CNY Arts has distributed an average of $199,500 per year to individual artists and nonprofit organizations. profit in its six-county service area. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 each.

The 2023 CNY Arts SCR Grant Round is now officially open. SCR support is available to non-profit organizations, including arts agencies, historic sites and heritage programs, cultural entities, as well as social and community service agencies that provide arts programming.

Additional opportunities exist for individual artists, musicians and performers, teaching artists, K-12 school arts teachers, and art teachers. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 16. Pricing will be announced in February 2023.

The three SCR grants administered by CNY Arts are the Community Arts Grant (CAG), the Individual Artist Commission (IAC), and the Arts Education Grant (AEG).

The Community Arts Grant provides support to individual artists, collectives and non-profit community organizations for arts and culture projects. Individual Artist Commissions represent a “live and work” investment in local artists to support the creation and presentation of new work. The Arts Education Grant supports teaching artists and arts educators to engage students in rich and meaningful experiences.

The Statewide Community Regrants Program is a grantmaking program of the New York State Council for the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. More information and eligibility requirements can be found on the CNY Arts website at CNYARTS.ORG.