Special Arts Services

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Since NYSCA's founding, we have been devoted to supporting arts activities that ensure access for historically underserved communities, including African American/Caribbean, Latinx, Asian, Native American, LGBTQIA and immigrant communities. Special Arts Services (SAS) supports programs that engage the arts to address the changing needs of New York’s most vulnerable populations, including people in geographically remote areas with limited cultural offerings; disabled communities; the aging; impoverished and homeless populations; and court, jail, and prison-involved juveniles and adults.

Both established and emerging organizations can receive support. The program encourages collaborations and innovative projects, either multi-disciplinary or focused on a specific discipline of the performing arts, visual arts or media. SAS also supports professional arts training, promoting advanced study as well as the entry of underserved artists pursuing arts careers.

Program Goals
Enhance access to the arts for historically underserved communities
Bring the arts to isolated geographic areas and to communities with high rates of poverty
Design programming for people with disabilities
Offer scholarships for arts training and tuition-free or low-cost classes serving students from historically underserved communities or with disabilities
Promote intergenerational and multi-cultural communities, including ethnic traditions that serve their own unique and diverse populations
Funding Categories
General Operating Support
Project Support
Instruction & Training
Regrants and Partnerships

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