NYSCA in the News: Second Stage's Broadway Opening, ASO's Kennedy Center Debut


NYSCA in the News is our weekly digest of top reads about our grantees across the state. Read on to find out how arts organizations are creating essential programs in your community, and be inspired to take your art to the next level!


Broadway’s Smallest Theater Is Reopening, This Time as a Nonprofit

New York Times

“Now known as the Helen Hayes Theater, the smallest house on Broadway is about to reopen yet again, this time run by a nonprofit, becoming the sixth of today’s 41 Broadway theaters to operate outside the commercial marketplace. The 589-seat playhouse has a new mission: Second Stage Theater, the nonprofit group that now owns the structure, says it will be used to present work by living American playwrights, a form of counterprogramming at a time when Broadway is dominated by musicals, revivals and British imports.” NYSCA supports Second Stage Theatre through our Theatre Program and the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

2018 Oscar Nominations Feature Hamptons International Film Festival Picks


“Of all the acclaimed movies nominated for the prestigious awards, 15 were featured at last year’s festival in October. Leading the pack with 13 nominations is Guillermo del Toro’s romantic creature feature 'The Shape of Water,' which had its East Coast premiere at the 25th annual HIFF. Close behind with seven nominations is 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' featuring Golden Globe-winner Sam Rockwell, who appeared at a screening of the movie at Guild Hall during the festival. Joining those two movies in the Best Picture category are the romantic drama 'Call Me By Your Name' and the historical drama 'Darkest Hour,' featuring Best Actor nominee Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II. Other acting nominations among HIFF selections included Willem Dafoe of 'The Florida Project' for Best Supporting Actor and Margot Robbie and Allison Janney of 'I, Tonya,' nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.” NYSCA supports the HIFF through our Electronic Media & Film Program.

The Joyce Theater Is Letting Patrons Decide How Much To Pay for Tickets

Dance Magazine

“New York City's Joyce Theater, known for presenting acclaimed international and domestic companies representing a variety of genres, just launched two ticket initiatives that will offer $10 tickets for dance professionals, and allow all audiences to choose their own ticket price for select shows…The second program is aimed at encouraging audiences to see unfamiliar choreographers. With the Pay What You Decide initiative, patrons can choose how much they'd like to pay for their ticket after seeing a show. There is no minimum ticket price—only a $1 fee to reserve a seat. Pay What You Decide tickets will only be available for select shows: Company Wayne McGregor on March 3, Brian Brooks Dance on March 18 and Dada Masilo on April 8. Only 10 JoycePass tickets will be available for each performance…” NYSCA supports the Joyce Theater through our Dance and Presenting Programs.

40 years the charm: Rochester Contemporary Art Center achieves milestone anniversary

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“What started in a small Monroe Avenue storefront as the Pyramid Gallery exhibiting the work of Rochester artists wanting to expand the region’s cultural offerings has become an East End destination for cutting-edge local, national and international artists. Rochester Contemporary Art Center celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, commemorating the milestone with exhibitions and events that began in December with the just-closed 27th annual Members Exhibition, which boasted artwork from more than 350 members, including six outside of New York state and three from other countries…[The art center’s 2018 calendar] is packed with milestones and events…[including] 'No Soil Better' and the Frederick Douglass 200th Birthday Celebration..[which] will feature new works by a diverse group of emerging and established artists.” NYSCA supports the Rochester Contemporary Art Center through our Visual Arts Program.

Albany Symphony to perform at Kennedy Center in April

Schenectady Daily Gazette

“The Albany Symphony is heading to Washington, D.C., for the very first time, and will perform at the Kennedy Center on April 11. The performance will be part of ‘SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras,’ a week-long national program aimed to spotlight local symphonies and honor their contribution to the arts. The ASO is one of four American orchestras selected for the Kennedy Center event…'The ASO's Kennedy Center debut will feature a collection of contemporary works that explores the history of upstate New York through the lens of bodies of water that surround and connect communities,' [music director David Alan Miller] said. Two of the works, 'Three Manhattan Bridges' by Michael Torke and 'The Mighty Erie Canal' by Dorothy Chang, were commissioned and given their premiere by the ASO.” NYSCA supports the ASO through our Music and Individual Artist Programs and the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

Photo: Seniors at Harlem’s Kennedy Center enjoy a ballet workshop associated with The Joyce Theater Foundation’s presentation of The Royal Ballet at Lincoln Center. Credit: Travis Magee.