National Endowment for the Arts


CNY Arts is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $40,000 contract from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Art Works grant program. The funds will be used to support implementation of ENGAGE CNY, CNY Arts’ ten-year cultural plan to boost the livability and economic vitality of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

Art Works grants focus on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. ENGAGE CNY will continue its work connecting audiences to artistic offerings through collaborative marketing and through increased integration with our region’s higher education institutions.

“It is incredibly gratifying that this process receives support on a national level,” said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts Executive Director. “This project is the culmination of months of work from dozens of people, all informed by the residents of Central New York. This award is a great win for the community.”

ENGAGE CNY efforts have previously been supported by the Allyn Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, the Reisman Foundation, the Trust for Cultural Resources of Onondaga County, the Empire State Development Corporation, and the New York State Council on the Arts through the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. Initial funding and support for the project was received through the offices of New York State Senator Dave Valesky, former New York State Assemblywoman Joan Christensen, and the Syracuse Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

CNY Arts would like to thank the CNY Arts Regional Economic Development Council Arts and Tourism Subcommittee, the IDEAS Funding Partners, CenterStateCEO, the Arts in Higher Education Consortium, the ENGAGE CNY Leadership Advisory Council, and the office of Representative Dan Maffei for their support during the application process. Representative Richard Hanna’s office also offered support during the assessment and planning process.

Posted On: December 04, 2014
Listed As: Arts Forum