National Guild for Community Arts Education awarded $59,500  by the New York State Council on the Arts

DATE: January 28, 2022

CONTACT: Jenina Podulka, Communications Manager, (212) 268-3337 ext. 707; 

New York, NY—The National Guild for Community Arts Education (Guild) announced today two grant awards totaling $59,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021. 

"The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it's essential we do all we can to help this industry thrive once again," said Governor Kathy Hochul. "These awardees represent the best of what New York's vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well." You can read Governor Hochul’s press release here.

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change and the Guild will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”

“Council congratulates the Guild on their grant award! New York State arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “Arts and culture are crucial to our state’s health, and Council recognizes the dynamic impact of NYSCA grantees on the well-being of all New Yorkers.” 

Based in New York City, the Guild is the only national service organization for providers of community arts education in all artistic disciplines, unified by a shared belief in the power of the arts to transform lives. The Guild’s strength is its ability to convene practitioners, funders, youth, policy makers, researchers, teaching artists, and cross-sector partners to address challenges within the field and develop solutions together. 

Since Spring 2020, the Guild has been listening to and building with the field to navigate the COVID-19 crisis together. With NYSCA’s investment, the Guild has developed virtual engagements with, for, and by practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds and regions throughout New York State, in settings and disciplines that would have been impossible to do in-person. By harnessing the creativity and leadership of our peers, the Guild is making strides towards our shared vision for healthier communities, greater equity, and a world where every individual has a chance to fulfill their creative potential.

Published: January 28, 2022