Highbridge Voices candle light vigil

As our nation confronts persistent, systemic and inexcusable racism, we must address the continued injustices faced by the Black community. Recognizing that the events of the past weeks and months are not isolated incidents, systemic change must be enacted through long-term, far-reaching commitments.

Many turn to the arts to cope, help find a voice or a path forward. Throughout history, artists have created out of collective pain, and artists will contribute to affecting change and to our healing as we move together to strengthen our communities, our state, and our country. In this unprecedented moment, filled with immense challenges and uncertainties, NYSCA resolves to contribute to a just and equitable future for all.

NYSCA stands in solidarity with Black lives. Black Lives Matter.

News and Featured Resources

The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens. 

Young People's Chorus of New York City

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, a NYSCA grantee through our Arts Education Program in performance at the 92nd St. Y. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

2,500 Organizations

For 2020, NYSCA awarded 1,200 direct grants and 1,300 regrants, serving all 62 state counties

$43.8 Million

NYSCA awarded $43.8M for FY2020 to support the visual, performing, literary and media arts and arts education

Rioult Dance

Rioult Dance performs Pascal Rioult’s Views of the Fleeting World. In 2018, NYSCA awarded Rioult general operating support through our Dance Program, funding for public school residencies through our Arts Education Program, and support for new theater seating through our Facilities Program. Photo by Basil Childers.

$120 Billion

New York State’s arts sector generated $120 billion in 2016, the most recent year recorded, playing a vital role in both quality of life and economic development

Our Programs

Metropolitan Museum photo

Spark Media ProjectClassical Theatre of Harlem


Calpulli Mexican Dance

Nai Ni Chen Dance


Mind-Builders Kid Plays SaxophoneChildren's Museum of the Arts