Announcing NYSCA's Round I FY2020 Grantees

Congratulations to NYSCA's Round I FY2020 Grantees!

NYSCA has awarded $6.7 million to be distributed to 175 cultural organizations statewide in 2020 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the first of three rounds of NYSCA funding for FY2020. NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and performing arts in New York State.

NYSCA will award a total of $41 million to arts organizations across New York State in 2019. This support helps build the state’s creative industries, which generate a total of $120B to the state economy, account for 466,000 jobs, and play a significant role in community building and revitalization.

Read more here and find a complete list of NYSCA Round I grantees below organized by program and region:

Architecture + Design

Capital Region

Historic Albany Foundation, $22,000, General Support 

Preservation League of New York State, $194,824, Regrants, Preserve New York

Shaker Heritage Society, $15,000, General Operating Support

Long Island

Society for Preserv of LI Antiquities, $24,750, General Operating Support


Bard College, $17,000, Project Support, Eileen Gray: Designer-Architect Exhibition

Manitoga, $18,000, General Operating Support

Mohawk Valley

Otsego 2000, $8,900, Project Support, Educational Workshops

New York City

Architectural League of New York, $42,000, General Operating Support

Art Deco Society of New York, Inc., $15,932, General Operating Support

Fashion Institute of Technology Foundation, $22,000, Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse

Friends of the New York Transit Museum, $19,000, Pierre & Granville Pullis Exhibit

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, $22,000, Program Support

Hester Street Collaborative, Inc., $20,000, General Operating Support

Landmark West, $22,000, Keeping the Past for the Future (KPF) Project

New York City H20 Inc., $10,000, City's Water Supply Project Support

Salvadori Center Ltd., $25,000, Salvadori's Annual Charrette

Smithsonian Institution, $18,000, Willi Smith Exhibition

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, $15,000, Program Support

The Green-Wood Historic Fund, $30,000, General Operating Support

The Historic Districts Council, Inc., $22,000, Project Support, Educational Programs

The Municipal Art Society of New York, $25,000, Historic, Art and Architecture Tours

The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Inc., $27,000, General Operating Support

North Country

Adirondack Architectural Heritage, $36,000, General Operating Support

Southern Tier

Historic Ithaca, $22,000, General Operating Support


Architecture + Design Independent Projects, all awards $10,750

Individual:  Amy Sperber, “Open Source Fashion Avatars: A Digital Dress Form Database for Diverse Bodies,” Sponsor: FIT Foundation

Individual:  Frank Melendez, “Soft Robotic Architectures," Sponsor: Van Alen Institute

Individual:  Alicia Ajayi, “Freedom Village Research Institute,” Sponsor: Architectural League of NY

Individual:  Leopoldo Villardi, “Troy Modern,” Sponsor: Architectural League of NY

Individual:  Julia Jamrozik, “Growing up Modern,” Sponsor: Architectural League of NY


Electronic Media and Film

Capital Region

Basilica Arts Inc., $8,000, Free Film Screenings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, $14,000, iEAR Presents

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, $14,000, EMPAC Exhibitions

WMHT Educational Telecommunications Inc., $20,000, Regrants, Broadcasting

Central New York

Colgate University, $6,000, Screenings

Light Work Visual Studies Inc., $22,000, Urban Video Project

Finger Lakes

George Eastman Museum, $8,000, Dryden Theatre Film Screenings

Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, $10,000, ImageOut

Visual Studies Workshop, Inc., $17,500, Film Series

Long Island

East Meadow Public Library, $8,520, Independent Film Series

Hamptons International Film Festival, $15,000, General Support

New Community Cinema Club, Inc., $20,000, General Program Support

Plaza Mac, Inc., $11,000, Film Screenings Support


Rivertown Film Society, Inc., $8,000, Film Screenings

The Picture House Regional Film Center, $20,000, General Operating Support

The Rosendale Theatre Collective, $20,000, General Operating Support

Upstate Films Limited, $20,000, General Operating Support

Woodstock Film Festival Inc, $20,000, General Operating Support

Mohawk Valley

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, $8,000, MWPAI Film Series

Otsego 2000, Inc., $8,000, Glimmerglass Film Days

New York City

African Diaspora Film Festival, $12,000, ADIFF 2020

African Film Festival, $24,500, General Support

African Voices Communications, Inc., $15,000, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series

American Museum of Natural History, $11,000, 44th Margaret Mead Film Festival

American Museum of the Moving Image, $18,000, Film Program

Artists in Residence Inc., $7,000, The Scalability Project

Barnard College, $18,000, Athena Film Festival

Brooklyn Academy of Music Inc, $20,000, Retrospectives for Brooklyn Filmmakers

Camera News, Inc., $24,500, General Support

Center for the Holographic Arts, Inc., $7,500, HoloCenter Exhibition Program

Center for the Holographic Arts, Inc., $10,000, Experimental Visual Media Program

Chicken & Egg Pictures, Inc., $27,000, General Operating Support

CultureHUB Inc., $20,000, General Operating Support

Dance Films Association, Inc., $20,000, General Operating Support

Elaine Summers Experimental Intermedia Foundation, $5,000, Screen Compositions

French Institute Alliance Francaise, $17,000, French & Francophone Films

Friends of the High Line, $14,000, High Line Channel

Games of Change, Inc., $17,000, The Games for Change Festival and XR for Change Summit

Global Action Project, $24,000, Urban Voices Media Arts Program

Harvestworks, Inc., $12,000, The Art and Technology Exhibition

Inwood Art Works, $10,000, Fifth Inwood Film Festival 

Light Industry Cinema Projects Inc., $17,000, Film Screenings

Maysles Institute, $18,000, Maysles Cinema's Nonfiction Films Programming

Millennium Film Workshop Inc., $12,000, Filmmaking Podcasts and Millennium Film Journal

Mono No Aware, $24,500, General Operating Support

New Museum of Contemporary Art, $18,000, NEW INC

New York International Children's Film Festival, $18,000, 2020 Film Festival

Paper Tiger Television Inc., $12,000, General Support

Participant Inc., $14,500, Film and Video Exhibitions

Performa Inc., $7,000, Moving Light: Traces of the Body in Performance, Film, and Video in 1970s and 1980s New York Exhibition

Silent Cinema Presentations, Inc, $7,000, Silent Clowns Film Series

Smack Mellon Studios, Inc., $22,000, Artist Studio Program

Smithsonian Institution, $18,000, Native Cinema Showcase-NYC

Swiss Institute, $14,000, Jeremy Shaw Exhibition

The Art of Brooklyn Festival Inc, $12,000, Expanded Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

The Eyebeam Atelier, $24,000, General Operating Support

The Flux Factory, $14,500, Artists-in-Residence Curated Exhibitions

The Ghetto Film School, Inc., $20,000, Fellows Program

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Inc., $14,500, Carole Zabar Center for Film

The Jewish Museum, $17,000, The New York Jewish Film Festival

The New American Cinema Group, Inc., $20,000, General Support

The Paley Center for Media, $8,000, PALEYLIVE NY 2020

The Standby Program, $24,500, General Support

Times Square District Management Association, $16,000, MIDNIGHT MOMENT

Tribeca Film Institute, $20,000, Tribeca All Access Program

North Country

Cinema 10 Inc., $7,250, Film Screenings Support

Southern Tier

Cornell University, $15,000, Annual Film Exhibition

Western New York

Alfred University, $17,580, Emergent VR Technologies Research

Alfred University, $10,000, Experimental Project and Artist Residencies Support

Buffalo International Film Festival, Inc., $10,500, Film Festival

Burchfield Penney Art Center, $12,000, SHELTER by Lisa Karrer and UNSEEN by Chantal Calato Exhibitions

Facilities Projects

Capital Region

Preservation League of New York State, $150,000, Regrants, Technical Assistance Grants & Building Condition Reports

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, $29,959, Lighting, Sound and Drapery

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corp., $29,970, Sound System Upgrades

Finger Lakes

David Hockstein Memorial Music School, Inc., $20,000, New Dance Floors for Safety

Ontario county Historical Society, $20,250, Master Plan Study for Space Use Issues

Long Island

LI Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, $19,250, New Painting Storage Units

Long Island Children's Museum, $49,500, New Seating, Lighting and Video Interface for Theater

The Whaling Museum Society, Inc., $46,386, Door Replacements and Restroom Renovations for ADA Compliance

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Inc., $14,500, Energy-Efficient Upgrade of WHBPAC Lighting System


Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation, $28,065, Installation of ADA Compliant Ramp and Railing

Hudson River Museum of Westchester, $20,100, New Planetarium Seating for Safety

Rockland Conservatory of Music, $22,450, Insulation Improvements

New York City

American Dance Institute, Inc., $49,500, New Modular Seating Riser for Code Compliance and Accessibility

An Claidheamh Soluis Inc., $49,500. Amplification and Display Capability Improvements

Brooklyn Public Library, $42,385, Stage Lighting Fixture Improvement

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Inc., $38,750, Building Conditions Study and Architectural Opportunities Plan

Henry Street Settlement, $11,723, Safety and Versatility Improvements for Abrons Arts Center

Herbert Berghof Studio, Inc. $13,478, New Lobby and Public Entrance Designs for Accessibility and Environmental Impact

Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Inc., $49,500, AV Sound System for Theater

Performance Space 122, Inc., $17,900, New and Upgraded Equipment and Sound-proof Window Inserts

Smack Mellon Studios, Inc., $12,498, Updates for Outdated Equipment

Soc-3rd St Msc School Settlment, $49,500, Restroom Improvement Project

Spanish Theatre Repertory Company, Ltd, $49,500, Installation of Updated Translation Caption System

St. Ann's Warehouse, Inc., $49,500, Design Study for an Acoustically Sound Structure Separating Theater and Lobby to Improve Access

Target Margin Theater Inc, $49,500, New Theatrical Lighting System

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, $14,500, New Track Lighting

Theater for the New City Foundation, Inc., $5,825, Design Study for New Lighting Grid

Trustees of Columbia Univ NYC, $13,750, Replacement of Lighting System

North Country

Historic Saranac Lake, $16,655, Design Study for Accessible Entrance, Handicap Lift and Accessible Bathroom

Southern Tier

Chemung County Performing Arts, Inc., $18,500, New Lights for Efficiency and Industry Standards

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, $47,000, Inclusive Universal Design Addition and Renovation of Studio for Accessibility

Kitchen Theatre Company, Inc., $45,000, Lighting System Upgrades for Energy Efficiency

One Seventy One Cedar, Inc., $20,000, New Energy Efficient Boiler System

Roberson Museum and Science Center, $9,514, New Kilns 

Western New York

African Cultural Center of Buffalo, Inc., $14,880, Expansion of Facility

Cattaraugus County Arts Council, $5,423, Equipment Improvements for Ceramics Studio

Musical Fare Theatre Company, Inc., $9,602, Sound Equipment Updates

Folk Arts

Capital Region

Museum Association of New York, $10,000, New Forum for Museum and Folklorists

New York Folklore Society, $25,200, Regrants, Mentoring and Professional Development Program

New York Folklore Society, $24,000, Regrants, Folk Arts Roundtable

New York Folklore Society, $29,000. Regrants, Upstate Regional Initiative

Old Songs Inc, $10,000, Music with Roots Folk Festival

Finger Lakes

Friends of Ganondagan, $12,000, Indigenous Music & Arts Festival and Native American Winter Arts Festival

Genesee Country Museum, $8,000, Fiddler's Fair

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, $11,050, Tell Your Story: The Everyday Arts & Folklife of our Communities

Rochester Institute of Technology, $10,000, Documentation of Performance Traditions in the Deaf Community

Long Island

Long Island Traditions, $28,086, Self-Guided Walking and Driving Tours App


Hudson River HealthCare Inc., $7,500, Project Support for 3 Public Events

The Axion Estin Foundation, Inc., $10,000, Juxtapose Musical Traditions of Byzantium with Janina

New York City

Brooklyn Arts Council, $10,000, Jouvay Fest

Brooklyn Arts Council, $5,000, Support for Signature Events

Brooklyn Arts Council, $5,000, Dancing on the Plaza

Catholic Charities Community Services, $12,000, Little DR Monthly Series

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $10,000, Klezmer Heritage Series

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $10,000, Direct Harmony: Living Tradition of Sharing Songs in Ukrainian Folk Singing Workshops and Performances

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $5,000, Kavi Poetry Apprenticeship

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $5,000, Yiddish Song Apprenticeship

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $5,000, Colombian Gaita Apprenticeship

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $5,000, Thervaaram Song Apprenticeship

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, $10,000, Badenya Che Events

Chinese Theatre Works, Inc, $5,000, Performance Support

Chinese Theater Works, Inc, $12,000, Chinese Opera Percussion Apprenticeship

City Lore, Inc., $10,000, Concert Support

Kunqu Society, Inc., $10,000, Kunqu Art Project

Lotus Fine Arts Productions, Inc., $5,000, World Dance Festival

Museum at Eldridge Street, $12,000, Egg Rolls & Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival

New York Chinese Opera Society, $10,000, 14th Annual Cultural Exchanges Festival

Redhawk Indian Arts Council, $10,750, Celebration of Native American Heritage and Culture

Tong Xiao Ling Chinese Opera Ensemble, $5,000, Beijing Opera Gone with the Wind

Southern Tier

Roxbury Arts Group Inc., $12,000, Catskills Folk Expressions

State & Local Partnerships

Capital Region

Greene County Council on the Arts, $35,000, General Support

Greene County Council on the Arts, $180,000, Regrants, Community Arts Grants Program

Hudson Opera House, $45,000, General Operating Support

Media Alliance, Inc., $20,000, General Support

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc., $250,000, NYSCA-NYCON Initiative

Prattsville Art Project Inc, $15,000, General Support

Sand Lake Center for the Arts- Circle Theatre Players, $10,000, General Operating Support

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, $45,000, Regrants, The Decentralization Regrant Program

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, $140,000, General Operating Support

The Corporation of Yaddo, $20,000, Artist Residencies

Central New York

Auburn Public Theater, Inc, $35,000, General Support

Auburn Public Theater, Inc, $127,200, Regrants, Adiministration of NYSCA Decentralization Program

Finger Lakes

Arts Council for Wyoming County, $25,000, Regrants, Community Arts Grant Program

Arts Council for Wyoming County, $49,200, General Operating Support

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, $152,500, Regrants, Decentralization in Monroe and Livingston Counties

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, $28,000, General Program Support

Yates County Arts Council, $20,000, General Operating Support

Long Island

Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts, Inc., $10,000, General Support

Huntington Arts Council, Inc., $280,000, Regrants, Decentralization Program

Huntington Arts Council, Inc., $35,000, General Support

SCOA, Inc., $15,000, General Operating Support


Arts Council of Rockland, $5,000, Artist Resource Center

Bethany Arts Community, Inc., $15,000, General Support

Opus 40, Inc., $7,500, Organization Capacity Building

Orange County NY Arts Council Inc, $5,000, General Operating Support

Pelham Art Center, Inc., $10,000, General Operating Support

Putnam Arts Council, $20,000, General Support

Putnam Arts Council, $40,000, Regrants, DEC Program

Unison Learning Center, Inc., $10,000, General Support

Wassaic Project, $10,000, General Support of Multi-disciplinary Arts Programming

New York City

Aaron Davis Hall (Harlem Stage), $20,000, Harlem Stage Partners Initiative

Asian American Arts Alliance, $20,000, General Operating Support

Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, $40,000, General Support

Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, $90,000, Regrants, DEC Program

Fourth Arts Block, Inc., $10,000, General Program Support

Fractured Atlas, Inc., $10,000, Fiscal Sponsorship, Insurancy, and SpaceFinder NYC

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, $20,000, General Operating Support

Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY, Inc., $5,000, Cultural Organizing and Undoing Racism Workshops

New York Foundation for the Arts, $100,000, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

New York Foundation for the Arts, $750,000, NYSCA/NYFA Professional Development Partnership Program

Queens Council of the Arts, $35,000, General Operating Support

Queens Council of the Arts, $100,000, Regrants, Queens Arts Fund

North Country

Bluseed Studios, Inc., $20,000, General Operating Support

Lake Placid Association of Music, $45,000, General Operating Support

Southern Tier

Broome County Arts Council, $12,500, General Operating Support

Chenango County Council of the Arts, Inc., $145,000, Regrants, DEC Program

Chenango County Council of the Arts, Inc., $10,000, General Operating Support

Community School of Music and Arts, $30,000, General Operating Support

Constance Staltonstall Foundation for the Arts, $20,000, General Programming Support

Earlville Opera House, Inc., $20,000, General Programming Support

One Seventy One Cedar, Inc., $30,000, General Support

Roxbury Arts Group Inc., $54,000, Regrants, DEC Program

Roxbury Arts Group Inc., $35,000, General Operating Support

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Inc., $15,000, General Operating Support

Western New York

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc., $35,000, General Operating Support