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CNY Arts receives $30K from National Endowment for the Arts to fund local festivals

For a third consecutive year, CNY Arts has been awarded regrant funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects program. Each year through this program, the NEA offers grant funding to a select number of arts organizations and individual artists to promote and sustain the arts and culture sector nationwide.

With this year’s $30,000 award, CNY Arts will again offer Festival Funds, providing grants to arts and cultural organizations that host festivals including those that are annual, seasonal, or regularly scheduled festival programming. Festival events will reflect a variety of artistic disciplines and may take place in any of the six counties served by CNY Arts, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego. Awards will be determined through a peer panel process that evaluates applications’ artistic excellence, creative merit, and community engagement.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to CNY Arts, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”

In total, the NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants. After a competitive review process, recommendations were made to the NEA for final determination. For many applicants, publicly supported initiatives like the Grants for Arts Projects are essential to providing localities with consistent arts service, programming, and operations.

“We’re so excited to implement our Festival Fund for the second year in a row,” said Stephen Butler, executive director of CNY Arts. “And we’re very proud of our peers who have also received support. We are thankful for our partners at the National Endowment for the Arts for awarding us these funds that help create community and boost local economies, while inspiring audiences to engage in fun and interesting arts and cultural festivals year-round.”

CNY Arts is grateful to Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and members of Congress for supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and helping to ensure that these funds are available to organizations in our region. This is the ninth year that CNY Arts has received support from the NEA.