NYFA Fellowships

I’m sure everybody’s all over this what with the no strings $7,000 and all, but just in case . . .

Here’s info, copied directly from their email, on the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowships and upcoming info sessions (I’m just including info on the regional sessions):

Artists’ Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Grants are awarded in 16 artistic disciplines, with applications accepted in eight categories each year. Since the awards began in 1985, NYFA has awarded over $22 million to over 3,688 artists. Peer review panels select approximately 100 Fellows each year, the goal being to buy recipients creative time to continue making work.

Each year NYFA offers free informational seminars across New York state to explain the Artists’ Fellowships application process. Please see the list below to find a seminar near you and check nyfa.org/afp for updates and new
locations. While the seminars are not mandatory, NYFA offers valuable information about the application and review process, and we encourage applicants to attend.

NYFA’s online application will be posted in early September, please go to
nyfa.org/afp to apply after September 9th.

The following categories will be reviewed during the 2009 – 2010 cycle:

Architecture/Environmental Structures

This year NYFA will be conducting four enhanced applications seminars in addition to the general informational seminars we typically conduct. These enhanced seminars will be in Lake Placid, Ithaca, Buffalo, and Woodstock, please see schedule below for details.

All seminars are free!

Capital Region
Thursday, September 24, 5:30-7:30pm
Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street
Troy, NY
(518) 273-0553

Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes
Wednesday, September 16, 3:00-5:00pm
Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
277 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY
Jennie Watson (585) 473-4000

Thursday, September 24, 12:00-2:00pm
Orange County Arts Council
23 White Oak Drive, P.O. Box 574
Sugar Loaf, NY 10981
Susan Linn (845) 469-9168

Thursday, October 15, 6:00-8:00pm
Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison Landing, P.O. Box 4
Garrison, NY
Carinda Swann (845) 424-3960

Monday, September 21, 12:00-4:00pm
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Theater at Byrdcliffe Colony
3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way
Woodstock, NY
Carla Smith (845) 679-2079
rsvp to http://woodstockbyrdcliffe.eventbrite.com (
http://nyfa.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=JAB6-AAWAAEAAA8FAAMVdA )

North Country/Adirondack Region
Tuesday, September 15, 10:00am-3:00pm
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
17 Algonquin Dr
Lake Placid, NY
Sage Bissell (518) 523-2512
rsvp to http://lakeplacid.eventbrite.com (
http://nyfa.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=JAB6-AAWAAEAABCXAAMVdA )

Southern Tier
Friday, September 18, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Tompkins County Public Library
Borg Warner Room
Corner of Green and Cayuga Streets, Ithaca, NY 14850
For directions, http://www.tcpl.org
Robin Schwartz (607) 273-5072
Sponsor: Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County
rsvp to http://ithacatompkins.eventbrite.com (
http://nyfa.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=JAB6-AAWAAEAABeMAAMVdA )

Western Region
Thursday, September 17, 12:00-4:00pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY
Ed Cardoni (716) 854-1694
rsvp to http://buffalohallwalls.eventbrite.com (
http://nyfa.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=JAB6-AAWAAEAABkBAAMVdA )


Enhanced seminars in Lake Placid, Ithaca, Buffalo, and Woodstock will give
applicants rare insight into the panel and application process, as well as an
opportunity to talk with local arts professionals and NYFA staff.

Artists will be able to:
-See first-hand how NYFA-s panel process works through a mock panel session.
-Consult individually with an arts professional about their application presentation.
-Participate in a dialogue with NYFA about how the Fellowships program can better serve artists throughout the state.
-Learn about funding opportunities and other areas of career development.

For questions and more information please call 212.366.6900 or email


One Response to “NYFA Fellowships”

  1. Ed Marion Says:

    This was a great session yesterday with a great turnout. Pretty much the entire administrative staff of NYFA, including NYFA’s Executive Director, turned out to see how they can boost distribution of fellowships to upstate artists. The bottom line conclusion is . . . . APPLY! While only 20% of fellowships are going to upstate New Yorkers, only 20% of upstate New Yorkers are applying for the fellowships, i.e., we’re getting the fair share of what we are asking for, so ask for more, put your art out there and apply.

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