NYSCA in the News: Mark Morris Legacy Plan, Frank Lloyd Wright Revival

Mark Morris’s Legacy Plan? Posthumous Premieres

New York Times

 “For Mark Morris, one of the most prolific, musical and vital choreographers of our time, a question has been looming: What will happen to his company and to his dances, an astounding 180 and counting, after he dies?...As part of its legacy plan, the organization has created Dances for the Future, works that Mr. Morris will choreograph now but that won’t have their premieres during his lifetime…Part of a $25 million fund-raising campaign — Mark Morris: Above and Beyond — to support Mr. Morris’s work and legacy, Dances for the Future has already begun: Mr. Morris is nearly finished creating its first work, set to Scarlatti… Along with the Mark Morris Archive, which will painstakingly preserve dances for future stagings, there is the expansion of the center itself, including the addition of three studios to the existing seven. So far, the organization has raised $16.6 million toward a $25 million goal with a deadline of 2020, which coincides with its 40th anniversary.” NYSCA supports Mark Morris Dance Group through our Dance and Special Arts Services Programs and provided capital funding for the expansion in collaboration with Empire State Development through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

SPAC festival to shine spotlight on young artists           

Troy Record

 “Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced a brand-new, free Festival of Young Artists in partnership with Empire State Youth Orchestra, Northeast Ballet Company and Capital District Youth Chorale. The inaugural event, slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, will celebrate and showcase the collaborative creativity of more than 400 of the Capital Region’s bright young dancers, musicians, singers, poets, and visual artists with pop-up performances on SPAC’s grounds and a large-scale performance on the amphitheater stage. This new event is part of SPAC’s commitment to fostering artistic collaboration and providing free access to enriching arts programs for local youth…All works of art presented at the festival are inspired by a student-generated theme that centers on their shared concept of gathering circles – that art-making, at its best, is community-building, peace-generating, and an all-inclusive process. Featured performances include demonstrations led by the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers from the Onondaga Nation, and local Native American author and storyteller, Joseph Bruchac, as the festival’s special guest and master of ceremony.” NYSCA supports SPAC through our Presenting Program.

Frank Lloyd Wright Classic About To Be Reborn In Buffalo


“It's a home you could say has the ‘Wright’ stuff. Not the Darwin Martin House, but rather the one tucked in behind, to the right: The Delta and George Barton House. Now crews are in the process of polishing this gem, touching up plaster, repointing stonework and basically breathing new life into the work of Frank Lloyd Wright…In terms of public investment, nearly $30 million of the overall $50 million price tag on the restoration of the Martin estate came from the State of New York. That included $5 million from the Buffalo Billion…State economists project the economic impact to the region and the state will be $20 million a year.” Empire State Development Senior Vice President Chris Schoepflin: "People want authentic travel experiences, so historic preservation wonderful architecture, arts and architecture here in Buffalo, Niagara and throughout the state, are exactly what the traveler and traveling public is looking for today." NYSCA supports the Darwin Martin House through our Architecture + Design Program.

15,000 butterflies for 15,000 children

Oswego News

 “With April being Holocaust Remembrance month, CNY Arts Center in Fulton is ambitiously trying to fold 15,000 origami butterflies to represent the thousands of children lost during the Holocaust. Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin on their way to the gas chambers, and only about 100 were still alive when the Ghetto was liberated at the end of the war. Over 3,000 butterflies have been folded or donated but the Arts Center needs help from the public to reach its goal by May 4 when the butterflies will be put on display. The display will be open to the public during performances of 'I Never Saw Another Butterfly', a play which tells the story of the children and one survivor who saved the drawings and writings of children who passed through.” NYSCA supports CNY Arts through our State & Local Partnership, Museum and Arts Education Programs and the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

Roberson launches 'Pay It Forward' admission program

Binghamton Homepage

 “The Roberson Museum and Science Center wants to ensure that no one is deprived of its art, science, and culture because they can't afford admission. Roberson has introduced its Pay It Forward program. Any individual or sponsoring business or organization can purchase Pay It Forward admissions in the form of magnetic discs that others can use to enter. These prepaid magnets rest on panels near the entry. Executive Director Michael Grasso says he hates the thought of turning anyone away. 'If you can afford to pay an extra $8 to give someone else the opportunity to imagine and explore, I'm asking you to do so.  And thank you for contributing to the cultural fabric of our community,' said Grasso.” NYSCA supports the Roberson Museum through our Museum Program.

Photo: Layla and Majnun (2016). Choreography by Mark Morris. Music by Uzeyir Hajibeyli, arranged by Alim Qasimov, Johnny Gandelsman, and Colin Jaobsen. Photo by Susana Millman.