A Personal Note from Executive Director Michael L. Royce
Each year at this time, I write to ask you to support the Artist Campaign as a facet of NYFA’s Hall of Fame Benefit. This is a way for us to celebrate the achievements of the artistic community and raise much-needed funds to support our services. During these uncertain and chaotic times, the resources NYFA provides and your support for them have never been more necessary.
At NYFA, we believe that all artists, regardless of gender, skin color, religion, sexual orientation, or immigration status, have the right to make work and that the more their work is seen, the stronger we are as a people. We know that art has the power to begin conversations, increase understanding, and help us see the humanity in each other. It is of the utmost importance that we remain responsive to the changing needs of artists, and in particular those artists who have been traditionally under-resourced and unheard. In the past year alone we have:
- Launched an Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp specifically for artists of color.
- Expanded our Immigrant Artist Program and launched a program for immigrant artists engaged in social practice work.
- Begun providing our Doctor’s Hours individual consulting program in Mandarin, Spanish, and other languages.
In order to continue these programs, I am asking for your help. 2017 is NYFA’s 46th year of providing services to individual artists in all disciplines. In recognition of this anniversary, I hope you will consider making a gift of $46 to this year’s Artist Campaign.
Donations of all size are welcome. To donate, click here:
For each $500 raised, one artist will be chosen from a lottery of all campaign contributions and invited to our 2017 Hall of Fame Benefit. Be sure to note “Artist Campaign” in the “Leave a Note” section so that it is brought to my attention and your name can be included in the lottery. This year’s gala will be held on April 4, 2017 at 583 Park Avenue, and I am thrilled to say our honorees will be: visual artist Ida Applebroog, choreographer Christopher d’Amboise, playwright Lynn Nottage, and Patron of the Arts, Peggy Cooper Cafritz.
NYFA will continue to offer programs that embrace, include, and uplift ALL artists.
Thank you for being a part of the NYFA community.
Michael L. Royce
New York Foundation for the Arts
Image: detail Lisa Hamilton (Fellow in Painting ‘06)