New York Foundation for the Arts

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Area served
MethodGrants, services, programs
Key people
Michael L. Royce, executive director

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is an independent 501(c)(3) charity,[1] funded through government, foundation, corporate, and individual support, established in 1971.[2][3] It is part of a network of national not-for-profit arts organizations founded to support individual artists and emerging arts organizations, with a mission to "empower artists in all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives."[4]


NYFA was founded in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to facilitate the development of arts activities throughout the State. NYFA has since expanded their programming around the country and internationally focusing on four core program areas: Artists' Fellowships, Fiscal Sponsorship,[5] Professional Development, and Online Resources. As of 2021, the Executive Director is Michael Royce,[6] who succeeded long time leader Ted Berger.

Notable artists[edit]

Artists who have received support from NYFA early on in their careers include Spike Lee, David Hammons, Meredith Monk, Julie Taymor, E.V. Day, George Ranalli, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jennifer Egan, Tony Kushner, Andres Serrano, Juan Gonzalez, Todd Haynes, Boryana Rossa, Lisa Park, Ina Norris, Flavio Alves, Catherine Lacey, Trisha Brown, Norman Rush, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Sherrie Levine, Jackson Mac Low, Lynne Tillman, Shilpa Ananth, and other visual artists, writers, choreographers, architects, filmmakers, and inter-disciplinary artists.[7] In 2011, NYFA established the NYFA Hall of Fame to honor patrons of the arts and notable artists who have received NYFA's support.


  1. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  2. ^ Ault, Julie; Collective, Social Text; N.Y.), Drawing Center (New York (2002). Alternative Art, New York, 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book for the Social Text Collective. U of Minnesota Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8166-3794-2. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  3. ^ Royce, Michael (2011). "Foreword". The Profitable Artist. Allworth Press.
  4. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Gigi (2010). The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist. Watson-Guptill. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-8230-0070-8. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  6. ^ The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts. Simon and Schuster. 2011. ISBN 978-1-62153-377-1. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Names You Know". NYFA. Retrieved 3 March 2021.

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