Announcing | Sponsored Artists and Organizations Snag $191,800 in FY2018 NYSCA Grants

Announcing | Sponsored Artists and Organizations Snag $191,800 in FY2018 NYSCA Grants

Eleven NYFA fiscally sponsored projects and organizations were honored.

NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship is delighted to congratulate eleven sponsored artists and organizations who received New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) grants for fiscal year 2018! A total of $191,800 was awarded to artists, allowing them to create and share art throughout the state. We celebrate NYSCA’s generous support in funding the arts and congratulate the accomplishments of our grant recipients! Read on for more information about each project.

Interested in finding funding for your project? Prepare for NYSCA FY2019 Grants with an Out of Cycle review for fiscal sponsorship!

Since fiscal sponsorship status is required before applying for NYSCA grants, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship provides artists with Out of Cycle application reviews. To apply for an Out of Cycle review, follow the application links provided below. Each application requires a project description, budget, fundraising strategy, resumes, work samples, and letters of support. There is a $175 administrative fee for applications with a turnaround period of about two weeks. Questions about Out of Cycle reviews? Please contact [email protected].

FY2018 NYSCA Grant Recipients

David Allen, pre: SENSE (Sponsored Project)
pre:SENSE is a dance, music, and digital art performance that facilitates dialogue about the way technology sees the body.  

Alison Cornyn, Incorrigibles (Sponsored Project)
Incorrigibles is a transmedia art project that collects and tells the stories of “incorrigible” girls in the United States over the last 100 years, employing the past as a guide for the present conversation around youth justice.

Menachem Daum, Opening the Gates (Sponsored Project)
Give Us Harmony is about a 1989 concert tour of Poland by Hasidic composer and singer, Shlomo Carlebach. Guided by a mystical belief in the power of music to fill his listeners with joy and leave no room for hatred, he tried using music to heal animosity between Jews and Poles.   

Kobla Dente, Drumsongs Productions (Sponsored Organization)
NYSCA funds will support a multigenerational workshop series about traditional African Drum carving at the Onipa Abusia Cultural Center.

Curtis John, The Luminal Theater (Sponsored Organization)
The Luminal Theater is a microcinema in the heart of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. NYSCA funds will support a season of diverse film programming, a curated teen/pre­teen cinema for Bed-Stuy youth, and a display of “experimental” Black films to a passerby audience.

Emma McCagg, There’s Something About John (Sponsored Project)
The film There’s Something About John follows John, a former football player who teaches ballet at a Manhattan YMCA, as he uses his own family alienation to help others overcome challenges and/or injuries.

John Morton, Fever Songs (Sponsored Project)
Fever Songs is an interactive sound installation of chants, incantations, and vocalized text from religious expression throughout the world.  

Raul Paz Pastrana, Border South (Sponsored Project)
The documentary Border South explores the harsh physical environment and brutal journey of undocumented immigrants crossing Mexico towards the United States.  

Deanna Witkowski, Nossa Senhora Suite (Sponsored Project)
The Nossa Senhora Suite merges Afro Brazilian expressions of the Virgin Mary with new jazz composition, culminating in public performances and an album.

Shelley Worrell, caribBEING (Sponsored Organization)
CaribCulture preserves and presents Caribbean culture, heritage, and identity by engaging residents in cultural presentations: film screenings, performances, and art exhibitions at caribBEING House.  

Xiyiing Yang, Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization (Sponsored Project)
Integrating virtual reality (VR) and mobile phone augmented reality (AR) with traditional Chinese shadow play imagery, the project takes the form of a multimedia installation that visualizes the metamorphosis resulted by the urbanization of China.


Interested in applying for NYSCA for FY2019? Fiscal Sponsorship is required. Register now to join NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship Staff and NYSCA Arts Program Director on Thursday, January 18, 6:30 PM, at NYFA, for a Meet The Funder event.

Learn more about NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship by clicking here. Questions? You can view our FAQ page here. Sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter, NYFA News, for the latest updates and news about Sponsored Projects and Emerging Organizations.

Image: Girls rehearse with sociodrama director, Roy Ford, and Incorrigibles youth liaison, Lillian Perez, at the Hudson Opera House; courtesy of Alison Cornyn, project director of Incorrigibles, from Incorrigibles Sociodrama “GirlPower” workshop, July 2015

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