New York arts get additional $4 million, but questions remain

Posted on: June 19, 2012

Monday (6/18) on the PBS Channel Thirteen blog MetroFocus, Georgia Kral writes, “In February, a coalition of New York City arts institutions rallied in Albany for more state funds for the arts.  [New York State Council on the Arts]’s budget was maintained at $31.6 million for FY 2013, but the coalition stressed the point that in 1985, its budget was $4 million more than that. … In April, an additional $4 million was earmarked for NYSCA by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly established Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). While more funds for the arts is reason to celebrate, sources say, the scope of eligible projects for this pool of money is different than NYSCA’s. … Both the size of the grants and their purpose of supporting communities have cultural group leaders wondering who will benefit. NYSCA awards grants starting at $2,500, for example, and the REDC arts project grants start at $50,000. … ‘That’s going to leave smaller groups out of the running,’ said Kathryn Giaimo, administrative director of Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, which has been receiving grants from NYSCA since it was founded 35 years ago. … ‘It makes more sense to support the work that’s already being done than to dream up new projects just so they can qualify for the money.’ ”

Posted June 19, 2012