Our Mission

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

Our Process

NYSCA upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development and quality of life. Through our core grantmaking activity, NYSCA awarded $51M in FY2019 to 2,400 organizations statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs; the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, including the Large Capital Projects Fund; and the Mid-Size Capital Projects Fund. NYSCA funding supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities. NYSCA further advances New York's creative culture by hosting convenings with leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources.


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$51 Million

NYSCA awarded $51M for FY2019 to support artistic excellence and public service.

2,400 Organizations

For FY2019, NYSCA awarded 1,100 direct grants and 1,300 regrants to arts organizations, reaching all 62 state counties.

15 Programs

NYSCA supports visual, literary, performing, and media arts, arts education, and individual artists.

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Our Values

At NYSCA, our efforts are guided by our belief in the fundamental importance of arts and cultural expression in people's lives and a commitment to serving our three constituencies: artists, arts and cultural organizations, and the public. We believe that:

Artists are at the center of creative endeavor. Therefore, we are committed to providing artists with opportunities for artistic development and the public presentation of their work. 

Strong arts and cultural organizations are vital to connecting the arts to people's lives. We are committed to assisting a wide range of arts and cultural organizations – small and large, new and established – to achieve their artistic, programmatic, educational, community, and organizational goals.

Every citizen of New York State can have a meaningful connection to creativity and every community has a right to cultural self-determination. The Council is also committed to making the arts accessible to all the citizens of New York State. We aim to support worthy artistic and cultural activities that serve traditionally underserved communities or populations. These are the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, rural populations, and those who may experience discrimination on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, culture, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering public understanding and enjoyment of arts and culture through support of arts education, public participation, and lifelong learning programs in schools and community settings for children and adults.

178 Artists

Through our Individual Artist Program and the NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship, NYSCA commissioned and awarded 178 solo artists for FY2018.

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MCC Students
69 Workforce Opportunities

For 2018, NYSCA created and expanded 69 arts employment and workforce readiness opportunities.

2,500,000 Students

In 2017, NYSCA grantees served 2.5M New York public school students.