Announcing | Keep NYS Creating Project Grant Recipients

Announcing | Keep NYS Creating Project Grant Recipients

The Keep NYS Creating program is helping to support 42 projects from across New York State.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), is proud to announce the recipients of the Keep NYS Creating Project Grant. The program was established to help artists in Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island continue their creative projects that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is made possible by NYSCA, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Keep NYS Creating Project Grant was open to artists who previously applied to the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program in 2018, 2019, and/or 2020 who work in the categories of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Fiction, Folk/Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Music/Sound, Nonfiction Literature, Painting, Photography, Playwriting/Screenwriting, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, and/or Video/Film.

The grant will enable 2D, 3D, and installation artist Elisa Pritzker (Mid-Hudson) to design a print a full color catalog of an installation that was unveiled ABClatino Art Space in Poughkeepsie, NY in March 2020 and has since gone unseen due to COVID-19. It will enable poet Jacob Rakovan (Finger Lakes) to perform a cycle of poems that were recently awarded the Thornwillow Press Patron’s Prize, bringing the work to new audiences. Painter Suzanne Onodera (Southern Tier) will use the grant to complete a project that illustrates the emotional landscape of the paternal and maternal sides of her Japanese American family who were and were not incarcerated under Executive Order 9066 during World War II. 

For Onodera, receiving the Keep NYS Creating Project Grant “feels as though you can take that extra mile in the pursuit of your work, that someone out there believes in your vision, and most importantly: that you can keep creating.” 

Keep NYS Creating Project Grant Recipients

  • Julie Ann Bero-Emerson, Finger Lakes
  • Tiffany Bradley, Mid-Hudson 
  • Anita Brown, Mid-Hudson 
  • Adrian D. Carr, North Country 
  • Veena Chandra, Capital District 
  • Natasha Chuk, Capital District 
  • Robert M. Doyle, Finger Lakes 
  • Boryana Dimitrova Dragoeva, Central New York 
  • Walter Early, North Country 
  • Seth Faergolzia, Western New York
  • Matthew Friday, Mid-Hudson
  • Jeremiah Jamel Gaines, Mid-Hudson
  • Frederic Glover, North Country
  • Phil Hastings, Western New York
  • Annie Hayes, Southern Tier
  • Christine N Heller, Mohawk Valley
  • Kenneth J Jackson, Long Island
  • Maria Kozak, Mohawk Valley
  • Colin Lyons, Souther Tier
  • Timothy Manley, Long Island
  • Patricia Maurides, Long Island
  • Lacey McKinney, Central New York
  • Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Mid-Hudson
  • Onel Naar, Long Island
  • Byron Nilsson, Mohawk Valley
  • Suzanne Onodera, Southern Tier
  • Elisa Pritzker, Mid-Hudson
  • Jacob Rakovan, Finger Lakes
  • Aidan Ryan, Western New York
  • Jamie Leigh Sampson, Western New York
  • Marianne Schultz, Capital District
  • Rachel Shelton, Western New York
  • Madeline Silber, Mohawk Valley
  • Rebecca Soderholm, North Country
  • Jeffrey Alan Starr, Capital District
  • Becca Van K, Mid-Hudson
  • Kathryn Walat, Capital District
  • Anna Warfield, Southern Tier
  • Matthew E. Wilson, Long Island
  • Hannah Wnorowski, Central New York
  • Rebecca Ruige Xu, Central New York
  • Annemarie Zwack, Finger Lakes

If you need resources, please check our Emergency Grants page on NYFA’s website. We are updating it regularly as new funding comes in. You can find more articles on arts career topics by visiting the Business of Art section of Sign up for NYFA News and receive artist resources and upcoming events straight to your inbox.

The Keep NYS Creating Project Grant is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Image: Lacey McKinney (Central New York), Reconfiguration 16, 2020, oil and acrylic on panel

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