- ARTIST SERVICES -
Arts Service Organizations
The following is a partial list of the many nonprofit organizations offering support services to
New York City artists and nonprofit arts groups.
Artists Welfare Fund
Asian American Arts Alliance
Association of Hispanic Arts
Association for Minority Artist Affairs
Bronx Council on the Arts
Independent Curators Inc.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Material For the Arts
New York Artists Equity Association
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
Precent for Art Program
Public Art Fund
Queens Council on the Arts
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
38 Greene Street
New York, New York 10013
Contact: Denise Fasanello, Assistant Curator
Artists Space is a nonprofit gallery and artists service organization devoted to providing exhibition opportunities, professional assistance, and financial support for emerging and mid-career artists. They maintain a slide registry of over 4000 New York State artists which is open to curators, dealers, architects, art consultants, and collectors free of charge, for their use in planning upcoming exhibitions and other projects. An Artists Grants program provides limited financial assistance to New York State Artists for the public presentation of their work in other nonprofit locations.
ARTISTS WELFARE FUND, INC.
498 Broome Street
New York, New York 10013
Artists Welfare Fund is a nonprofit service organization established in 1962 to help visual artists in need of temporary financial assistance during emergencies with interest-free loans, usually to help pay medical and hospital bills. AWF also undertakes educational and research activities of importance to the arts community. Visual fine artists are eligible. Applicants must provide artistic credentials, respond to questions regarding the type of medical or other problem involved, and submit copies of substantiating bills for consideration. Write or phone to request an application form.
ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS ALLIANCE
339 LAFAYETTE STREET
New York, New York 10012
Asian American Arts Alliance is an arts service organization that works to increase appreciation, support and recognition of Asian and American arts in New York City and nationwide. It provides advocacy, information and support services for Asian American arts organizations and individual artists in New York City and also serves as a resource center for the general public. Its activities include: an information and referral service, a bimonthly newsletter, technical assistance workshops, information seminars, publications including a directory, Asian American Arts Organizations in New York; and special programs.
OF HISPANIC ARTS
173 EAST 116TH STREET 2ND FLOOR
New York, New York 10029
The Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA) is an arts service organization dedicated to the gathering and dissemination of information on Hispanic arts activities. AHA's primary objective is to promote Hispanic arts as an integral part of the artistic life of this country. AHA provides technical assistance and is a resource center to organizations and individual artists. It also develops directories and publications including AHA Hispanic Arts News, published nine times a year.
INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR MINORITY ARTIST AFFAIRS
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th Street 9th Floor
New York, New York 10027
212-749-5298; 212-873-5040; Fax 212-749-3745
The International Agency for Minority Artist Affairs (IAMAA) brings minority artists together, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, from all the artistic disciplines for self-determination, professional level training, and to discuss employment opportunities. The IAMAA's programs and services include the Black Film Festival; The Harlem Arts and Cultural Consortium (HACC) which is comprised of 30 member organizations serving the Harlem community; the Uptown Arts News newsletter; the Arts and Cultural Leadership training seminars on the Business Management Training Institute; The Museum of African-American History and Art, which provides rare film footage, photos, etc. to various media and filmmakers; and the Annual State of the Arts Conference.
BRONX COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
1738 HONE AVENUE
Bronx, New York 10461
Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) serves a multiethnic constituency in excess of 1.2 million. Services include: informational services and technical assistance; community outreach; arts programs; and grants for individual artists and nonprofit organizations. Informational services include a bimonthly newsletter and calendar of events, For BCA Members Only, a quarterly Bronx Galleries guide, a monthly radio show on WFUV, and public service announcements which are aired once daily. BCA also has a limited number of studios available for visual artists on a low-cost rental basis as well as on scholarships.
307 7th Avenue, Suite 1904
New York, New York 10001-1942
Contact: Ann Pasternak, Executive Director
Creative Time organizes exhibitions and projects of innovative new work in architecture, visual and performing arts in New York City, including TNYSCA sponsored projects. Send self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive proposal guidelines for CityWide (the ongoing presenting series). Artists and performers are generally selected by a peer panel. NAAO member.
THE FOUNDATION CENTER
79 5th Avenue
New York, New York 10003-3076
The Foundation Center is a source of information on philanthropy, including support of the arts. The Center provides access to IRS returns on more than 27,000 foundations, newsletters, news releases, sample application forms and guidelines, and annual reports. Reference librarians assist all visitors. Orientation sessions are given every week; call for information. The Center publishes a number of directories, indices to foundation grants, and guides for grant seekers. The Center also operates over 190 cooperating collections across the nation.
INDEPENDENT CURATORS INCORPORATED
799 Broadway Suite #205
New York, New York 10003
212-254-8200; fax 212-477-4781
Organizes thematic exhibits of contemporary art and circulates them nationally for two-year tours. Call or write to discuss exhibit proposals and to request proposal guidelines.
MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL
1 World Trade Center Suite 1717
New York, New York 10048
212-432-0900; fax 212-432-3646
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) services the cultural needs of Lower Manhattan. LMCC provides administrative and technical services to arts organizations and artists. It also presents many performing arts events annually. LMCC also sponsors art installations, facilitates a wide array of cultural projects, publishes a monthly newsletter, Downtown, and a summer events poster.
MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS
33-00 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-729-3001, fax 718-729-3941
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs' Materials for the Arts links donations from businesses, individuals, and governmental sources to the nonprofit cultural community of New York City. Eligible to receive donations are: nonprofit cultural organizations; social services or community organizations that have art classes or cultural programming are eligible to receive art materials only; and individual artists working with a registered nonprofit cultural organization in a public setting within New York City are eligible for materials pertaining to that project only. Materials usually available are home and office furniture and equipment, fabric, paper, construction materials, and industrial by-products. All recipients must be registered with the program.
YORK ARTISTS EQUITY ASSOCIATION, INC.
498 Broome Street
New York, New York 10013
NYAEA is a resource network and support group founded in 1947 with approximately 3000 members nationwide. Activities include: monitoring local, state and federal legislation and strongly advocates bills in support of art and artists in many areas including taxes, copyright and health care, protecting the legal rights of artists, advises on exhibition procedures and contractual relations with galleries, art dealers, agents and clients; makes available information on income taxes and estate taxes. maintaining a permanent slide file of members' work which is available to dealers, galleries and researchers by appointment. publishing the quarterly magazine "The Artists Proof" assisting needy artists with interest-free loans (see Artists Welfare Fund) Regular membership is open to visual fine artists ($30 per year), student membership is open to those fully enrolled in an accredited art school or organization ($15 per year). Call or write for membership brochure containing application form.
NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
155 Avenue of the Americas 14th Floor
New York, New York 10013-1507
212-366-6900; fax 212-366-1778
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides fellowships, residencies, project support, loans, fiscal sponsorship of small-to-intermediate-sized arts organizations, and information services for artists and organizations throughout New York State.
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
915 Broadway 8th Floor
New York, New York 10010
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is a state agency that funds nonprofit organizations to provide cultural services to the citizens of New York State. NYSCA sponsors 15 programs including: local assistance programs; architecture, planning and design; arts-in-education; capital funding initiative; county and local partnerships; dance; decentralization; electronic media and film; folk arts; individual artists; literature; museum; music; presenting organizations; special arts services; theater and visual arts. Although NYSCA is prohibited from funding artists directly, it does support artists projects that are sponsored by nonprofit organizations.
PERCENT FOR ART
330 West 42nd Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10036
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs' (DCLA) Percent for Art Program, established in 1983 by the passage of the Percent for Art Law by the New York City Council in 1982, offers City agencies the opportunity to allocate 1% of the capital budget of eligible City construction projects for commissioning new art work and/or the conservation of existing public art. Agencies include the New York City Board of Education and the Health and Hospitals Corporation. Art is selected by a panel review process conducted by the Percent Program and chaired by the Commissioner of DCLA. Percent also maintains an open artist slide registry, which is consulted for each project.
THE PUBLIC ART FUND, INC.
1 East 53rd Street
New York, New York 10022
The Public Art Fund places contemporary artwork in public spaces throughout New York City. Projects that are timely, that investigate or offer new insights into the urban environment are of special interest, as are projects that provide solutions to specific urban design problems. Send slides and resume with SASE or write for guidelines. NAAO member.
QUEENS COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
79-01 PARK LANE SOUTH
Woodhaven, New York 11421-1166
718-647-3377; fax 718-647-5036; events & voice mail 718-291-ARTS
Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), founded in 1966, provides opportunities and resources for the cultural development of Queens. Publications of the Council include The Queens Arts Guide, a bimonthly calendar of cultural events in Queens and the Queens Cultural Guide, a concise listing of the more than 425 cultural organizations in Queens. QCA has also implemented 291-ARTS, a cultural events hot line in both English and Spanish for the borough. QCA's nationally recognized Folk Arts Program documents and presents Queens' traditional arts and artists, and produced Made By Hand-Played by Heart, a guide to ethnic artists in Queens. Queens Council on the Arts also manages, programs and operates Queens Theatre in The Park, one of the 32 City-owned cultural institutions. Queens Theatre In The Park is a performing arts center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park with a 500 and a 150-seat space.
VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
1 E. 53rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10022
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides arts-related legal assistance to low-income artists and not-for-profit arts organizations in all creative fields. Over 800 attorneys in the New York area donate their time through VLA to artists and arts organizations unable to afford legal counsel. VLA operates the Art Law Line, a legal hot line for any artist or arts organization needing quick answers to arts-related legal questions. They also provide clinics, seminars, and publications designed to educate artists on legal issues that affect their careers. Monthly seminars include "Copyright Basics" and "Not-For-Profit Incorporation and Tax Exemption."