Monday, May 24, 2010

Save the Arts Campaign

We have written to you previously about the Governor’s plan to cut the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) budget by 40% and we want to thank all of you who have written to and called your legislators. NYSCA is the glue which holds the state’s rich cultural community together and such a cut would be devastating. It would be devastating for NYFA and for museums, theatre and dance companies, film and literary festivals, after-school and education programs and other cultural initiatives and institutions throughout the state. The email below outlines a number of actions you can take not only as an artist, but as a taxpayer.

NYFA is here to help. It you can make it to our office at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO Brooklyn, we have postcards available and you can stop by, fill them out, and we will take care of the rest. Wherever you live, we can also help you find the information for your local officials, simply email your zip code to us at and we will get you the information. Then you can just print and mail the postcards below.

We will be posting the Save the Arts logo on our Facebook page and urge you and your Facebook friends to do the same.

Hopefully, by working together, we can make out voices heard.

Thank you and thanks also to Judy Weiner and NYS Arts for providing the vital tools below.

Michael Royce
Executive Director
New York Foundation for the Arts

SAVE THE ARTS starts MAY 20 and continues until we have a state budget.

Here are examples of what YOU can do:

  • Send the SAVE THE ARTS logo to your constituent organizations and artists so they can take action. Of course, take action yourself.
  • Download and Print out the SAVE THE ARTS IN MY COMMUNITY postcard. Ask your constituents to do the same.

click image and use it on your website and social networking pages

Distribute the postcards at every performance, exhibition, class, reading, meeting, to your board and to your staff. Then mail the postcards to the appropriate legislators.

  • Download and customize the press release so it describes what your organization will be doing to demonstrate the impact of the 40% cut.
  • Post the SAVE THE ARTS logos to your facebook page.
  • Facebook and Tweet the 40% cut message.
  • Continue to send emails to your legislators and to the leadership in Albany, Assemblyman Silver and Senator Sampson.

We already have more than 16,000 emails in their inboxes. BUT we must keep up the pressure. So forward the email to everyone you know.

Our campaign strategies were developed in collaboration with your colleagues, NYS ARTS' Regional Captain Network. The Regional Captain in your area will answer questions and help coordinate media coverage in your region. Here is the quick overview of the budget numbers: The Governor's proposal slashes the NYSCA grants budget from $41.6 million to $25.2 million, making it the largest state agency cut. He also proposes a 12% cut to state operations, reducing it from $5.29 million to $4.84 million.

We are told that there is little or no movement on the budget in Albany, although we are already almost two months past the budget deadline.....and the state continues to operate on weekly continuing resolutions. If the legislature does not approve those weekly resolutions, then the state government grinds to a halt. Chaos reigns.


Judith K. Weiner

Executive Director
NYS Arts

Monday, May 10, 2010

Aperture Foundation | Events | Emerging Artists' Support Systems, Part 1

Brooklyn, New York

Aperture Presents: at the
2010 New York Photo Festival
Emerging Artists' Support Systems, Part 1
The Artist's Perspective: Justine Reyes,
Brian Ulrich, Hank Willis Thomas

Thursday, May 13, 2010
4:30 pm

Admission required

St. Ann's Warehouse

38 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York

The Aperture Presents programming series premiers with a two-part event focusing on emerging artists' support systems. Here, in part 1 of the discussion, Aperture brings together three artists to present their work and experiences securing the funding, reviews, fellowships, and grants that are so valuable in earning recognition for their efforts, providing feedback and input on ongoing projects, and often significantly impact the work itself.

JUSTINE REYES received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from Syracuse University. She has participated in such festivals as Proyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial and Contemporary Istanbul. In 2009, Reyes' Guayabera series was shown at the Queens Museum of Art, New York. She was recently awarded the Individual Artists Initiative from the Queens Council on the Arts and a workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for 2009–10. Reyes lives and works in New York.

HANK WILLIS THOMAS received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Willis Thomas is the winner of the first-ever Aperture West Book Prize for his project—and later first monograph—Pitch Blackness. His work was featured in the exhibition and catalog 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, the 2007 Renew Media Arts Fellowship (Rockefeller Foundation), and was commissioned with ©ause Collective to create a video installation for the Oakland International Airport. Willis Thomas has exhibited in such galleries and museums as the Studio Museum in Harlem; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Leica Gallery, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

BRIAN ULRICH earned an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the University of Akron, Ohio. His first monograph, Copia, was published by Aperture in 2006 as part of MP3: The Midwest Photographers Publication Project. In 2007, Ulrich was named one of the year's 30 Emerging Photographers by Photo District News magazine, and a critic's pick by Richard Woodward for ARTnews magazine. He was recently awarded a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Ulrich's photographs portraying contemporary consumer culture reside in the collections of such major museum as the Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
Part 2: Funds, Fellowships, and Reviews will take place on Friday, May 14, 4:30 p.m., and will feature Amy Elkins, Women in Photography; Ariel Shanberg, Woodstock Center for Photography; and Amy Yenkin, Open Society Institute.

The third annual New York Photo Festival (NYPH) will open on May 13, 2010, in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Founded by Daniel Power and Frank Evers, the festival is an initiative of powerHouse Books and is the first international festival of photography in the U.S. The four main pavilions, each showcasing compelling and personal visions of contemporary photography, will be curated this year by Vince Aletti, author, critic, and curator; photography curator, writer, and picture anthropologist Erik Kessels, a founding partner and creative director of KesselsKramer, Amsterdam; Fred Ritchin, professor of photography and imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; and playwright, poet, musician, and photographer Lou Reed, whose photographs have been exhibited worldwide. The festival features Aperture Presents, a series of panel discussions at St. Ann's Warehouse, curated by Aperture. Panels will take place every day from 4:30–5:20 p.m. Visit our booth in the powerHouse arena to see new, exclusive Aperture books and limited-edition photographs.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010


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