Orange County Arts Council announced today four grant awards totaling $85,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021. Among these grants are $49,500 State and Local Partnership; $10,000 Recovery Grant, $16,000 Senate Initiative Grants for implementation of the Newburgh Sculptural Bike Racks” public art project and $10,000 Artist Vernon Byron Fiscal Sponsorship.

“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can help this industry thrive once again,” Governor Hochul said. “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.” 

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change and Orange County Arts Council will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.” 

“Council congratulates Orange County Arts Council on their grant award! New York State arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “Arts and culture are crucial to our state’s health, and the Council recognizes the dynamic impact of NYSCA grantees on the well-being of all New Yorkers.” You can read Governor Hochul’s press release here:

“These grants will help us support Orange County’s resilient arts communities and enable us to continue our mission,” says Sarah McKay Orange County Arts Council’s Executive Director. “We are especially grateful for the support we’re receiving from NYSCA and the State of New York. We’re also pleased that we could partner with Newburgh artist Vernon Byron to create his work, “Under The Skin. And to further assist in public arts projects in Newburgh, Orange County Arts Council has received a Senate Initiative Grant to administer a sculptural bike rack project.”

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