NYC Arts Groups Get $10,000 Each from CARES Act

More than a dozen New York City arts organizations each received $10,000 grants from the New York State Council on the Arts – including five theaters, such as the National Black Theatre and Ma-Yi – as part of the state agency’s $490,000 in CARES Act funding to 49 arts organizations based in 23 counties throughout the state.

These grants, funded by
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
passed by Congress, will be used to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and the costs of facilities.

The New York City theaters that received the grants:

Los Pleneros de la 21

East Harlem-based performing ensemble and non-profit community organization, founded in 1983 to promote the importance and beauty of traditional Puerto Rican music and dance to the masses

Ma-Yi Theater Company

Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company is a professional, award-winning not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers. It has become one of the country’s leading incubators of new works shaping local and national conversations about what it means to be Asian American today.

National Black Theatre

Founded in 1968 in the heart of Harlem by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, the core mission of the National Black Theatre is to produce transformational theatrical experiences that enhance African American cultural identity by telling authentic stories of the Black experience. It has produced more than 300 works.

New York Deaf Theatre

The New York Deaf Theatre, LTD (NYDT) was established in 1979 by a group of Deaf actors and theatre artists who wanted to create opportunities for the production of a dramatic art form that was not found elsewhere in New York City: plays in American Sign Language (ASL).It is the third oldest such company in America.

People’s Theatre Project
Rooted in Upper Manhattan, People’s Theatre Project (PTP) is a social justice arts organization that creates ensemble-based theatre with and for immigrant communities to develop the next generation of diverse, socially-engaged artists and leaders.

Other grant recipients in NYC:

African Film Festival
 Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Center for Traditional Music and Dance
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
Girls Write Now
New York Chinese Cultural Center
Quintet of the Americas

NYSCA NEA CARES grant recipients all had annual budgets of $1.5 million or below. Grantees are based in the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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