New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was created in conjunction the New York State Council on the Arts in 1971. The organization gives grants to individual artists and writers and developing arts organizations with a mission to 'empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.'
NYFA supports artists in New York State and nationwide through a wide range of programs including re-granting programs such as Artists Fellowships ($7,000 unrestricted grants to artists made in 16 disciplines), the organization's signature program. Artists who were supported early on in their careers by this Fellowship include: Spike Lee, Julie Taymor, Andres Serrano, Junot Diaz, and hundreds of other notable visual artists, filmmakers, playwrights, sculptors, authors, architects, poets, composers, and choreographers.
Other programs include Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grants, the New York Theater Program, and Strategic Opportunity Stipends. NYFA also has a Learning program which includes NYFA MARK, a multi-week business-of-art program for visual artists in New York State, NYFA Boot Camp for artists, and The Immigrant Artist Project, which provides Mentorship, exhibition opportunities, information, and resources to artists born outside the U.S. and newly working in NYC.
NYFA's website is home to the nation's largest online database of grants, opportunities, and services for artists, NYFA Source. Other services include Classifieds for artist spaces, jobs in the arts, and opportunities, and advocacy in the arts sphere.
NYFA Current is an online magazine for and by artists, edited by Suzan Sherman.
Although still funded in part by NYSCA, NYFA is currently an independent 501(c)3 charity, funded through government, foundation, corporate, and individual support. The organization has around 30 staff members, including Executive Director Michael L. Royce.
- "New York Foundation for the Arts". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 12 July 2013.