CNY Arts Receive Grant Awards for 2017
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to support CNY Arts’ long-term economic, engagement, and tourism goals identified in ENGAGE CNY, a 10-year plan to strengthen the arts and cultural sector that boosts Central New York's regional vitality. The Art Works grant will focus on deepening public awareness of the cultural sector, spurring lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening communities through the arts.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as CNY Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
The arts are good for business. In the Greater Syracuse Area alone, the arts and entertainment sector saw $33.9 million in direct spending by arts and entertainment organizations. This resulted in $99.5 million in additional audience spending .(i.e., gas, dining, shopping, hotels for out-of-town visitors) and supports more than 5,000 jobs, according to the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV (AEP4), a 2012 study conducted by Le Moyne College’s Department of Business Analytics. On average, local attendees at a cultural event spend an average of $21.66 and guests from outside the region spend on average $37.57 in spending.
“We are thankful for the recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts executive director. “The cultural sector provides many opportunities to strengthen our region, create jobs and help bring a unique character to our cities and towns.”
CNY Arts will continue to work with its cultural and tourism partners to position central New York as an arts and cultural draw. Combined with existing web, radio and print, the funding will support a broader marketing plan using engaging videos and commercials for a arts tourism campaign to encourage broader participation in the arts.
In addition, CNY Arts received $49,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts through the Regional Economic Development Council to begin creating and operating five Arts and Entertainment Districts in Auburn, Cortland, Oneida, Oswego and Syracuse as part of a regional economic priority for Main Street revitalization.
These two projects will help elevate the region by attracting more out-of-town guests, engaging more with residents and encouraging talent to see central New York as a vibrant and culturally appealing region.