Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $8 Million To Support The Arts, Music, And Boost Educational & Cultural Programming Across New York Through The National Endowment For The Arts

Jan 24, 2024

NEA Grants Help Support Artists, Musicians, As Well As Research And Learning In History, Literature, Arts, & Other Areas Of The Humanities

Schumer, Gillibrand: Investing In The Arts Is How We Paint A More Vibrant Picture For New York’s Future!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,018,255  for nearly 300 grants distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to organizations across New York State.  The senators said this funding will allow beloved cultural organizations and nonprofits to support artists, musicians, exhibitions, educational programing and public engagement and outreach to help grow these vital industries in communities across Upstate NY.

“Art, music, and the humanities, along with community organizations, cultural groups, and non-profits are the lifeblood of New York communities big and small. From the Thomas Cole House to the Buffalo Philharmonic, an investment in the arts is an investment in New York’s future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live,” said Senator Schumer. “This over $8 million federal investment will help paint a more vibrant picture for New York’s future, all while supporting jobs, education, and breathing new life into our Main Streets which depend on a thriving arts and cultural sector. I am proud to deliver this critical federal funding to support hundreds of Empire State organizations that will keep the arts growing in New York for years to come.”

“The arts define who we are as a nation and are pivotal in the advancement of our education and economy,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This $8 million in federal funding is a major investment in local organizations to advance art, music, and culture in our communities. I am proud to deliver this funding and will continue to fight to bring federal dollars home to New York.” 

Examples of recipients of NEA grants across various regions in New York are listed below. A full list of grant recipients can be found here:  

Western NY

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy: $50,000

Project: To support a survey exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery featuring the work of abstract painter Stanley Whitney.

Buffalo String Works, Inc.: $25,000

Project: To support the expansion of a free orchestra program for youth.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.: $20,000

Project: To support a community engagement program and concert.

Capital Region

Thomas Cole Historic House: $30,000

Project: To support an exhibition and accompanying catalogue examining the depictions of land and landscape in historic and contemporary art.

Albany Symphony Orchestra, Inc.: $30,000

Project: To support a commissioning and performance project.

Empire State Youth Orchestra, Inc.: $10,000

Project: To support a musical collaboration between composer Angélica Negrón and students.

Historic Cherry Hill: $10,000

Project: To support an exhibition of visual art works commissioned to respond to the life of James Knapp, a 19th-century Black resident of Albany, New York.

Rochester-Finger Lakes

Rochester Institute of Technology: $99,755

Project: To support a mixed-methods research study on the availability and effectiveness of access accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) individuals experiencing live theater.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.: $25,000

Project: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.

Hudson Valley

Stockade Works Inc: $35,000

Project: To support a workforce development training program in film and television production for high school students in the Hudson Valley area.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc: $30,000

Project: To support a series of curated film screenings and associated public programming.

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Inc.: $25,000

Project: To support a photography residency program, exhibition, and an accompanying catalogue.

Random Farms Kids Theater Inc.: $15,000

Project: To support the regional touring production of “#JustBeYou,” a musical for young audiences, with a book by Eric C. Webb and music and lyrics by Stephanie Bianchi.

Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc.: $12,000

Project: To support traditional African performing arts classes.

Mohawk Valley

Iroquois Indian Museum: $10,000

Project: To support the an artist residency by sculptor Margaret Jacobs, including the creation of new work.

Klinkhart Hall Arts Center Inc: $10,000

Project: To support the Sharon Springs Poetry Festival.

Central NY

CNY Arts, Inc.: $30,000

Project: To support a grant program for arts and cultural organizations in central New York State.

Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, Inc.: $10,000

Project: To support production of a radio program celebrating women in classical music.

Southern Tier

Rockwell Museum: $25,000

Project: To support the Alley Art Project, an educational public arts mural program.