Artpark & Company announced a grant award totaling $30,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the nonprofit arts and culture sector.
It stated, “Through New York state’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over $80 million since spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: Arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7 billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022, and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the coming year."
NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls added, “Thanks to the unwavering support of Gov. Hochul and our Legislature, NYSCA is so proud to support the work of organizations and artists from all across New York. Spanning the entire breadth of the arts and culture sector – from world-renowned performers to after-school programs, from long-established museums to community arts collectives – these organizations and artists together are a powerful driver of health, tourism, economy and education for our residents and visitors. On behalf of the council and staff, congratulations to Artpark & Company and thank you for your perseverance, your creativity and your tireless service to New York state.”
A press release noted NYSCA’s mission is “to foster and advance the full breadth of New York state’s arts, culture and creativity for all. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York state, the Council on the Arts will award $127 million in FY 2024. The Council on the Arts further advances New York's creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources.
“Created by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the council is an agency that is part of the executive branch. For more information on NYSCA, visit www.arts.ny.gov.”
It added, “Established in 1974 as a collaboration between New York State Parks and the nonprofit Artpark & Company, Artpark welcomes artists to enjoy and be inspired by the dramatic scenery and rich history of the Niagara River Gorge, and welcomes visitors and locals to enjoy the art and experiences created on its 150 acres.
“Over the decades, Artpark has hosted tens of thousands of avantgarde visual artists, cutting-edge performers, beloved bands and musicians, poets and writers, and more, earning a worldwide reputation as a special place to make and experience art.
“This living cultural legacy weaves into the area’s history and present-day significance to Western New York’s Indigenous population, the more recent history of investment in sustainable hydroelectric power that both shaped and funded the site, and the Niagara River and Gorge’s extraordinary natural beauty.”
More information on Artpark and its activities is available here.