Three grants to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will directly support artist commissions and the 2022 Skirball Presents season, which was impacted by COVID surges

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NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s leading institutions for international contemporary performance and artistic research, has received three grant awards totaling $45,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021.

The grants to NYU Skirball include commissioning support for theater artist/composer/performer Stew Stewart, commissioning support for choreographer Keely Garfield, and presenting support for the 2022 Skirball Presents season, which features New York artists/ensembles such as Elevator Repair Service, The Builders Association, Eiko Otake, David Dorfman Dance, and Du Yun and the International Contemporary Ensemble, along with Miguel Poveda from Spain.

"The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it's essential we do all we can help this industry thrive once again," Governor Hochul said. "These awardees represent the best of what New York's vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well,” said Governor Kathy Hochul.

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change and NYU Skirball will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”

“Council congratulates NYU Skirball on their grant award! New York State arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “Arts and culture are crucial to our state’s health, and Council recognizes the dynamic impact of NYSCA grantees on the well-being of all New Yorkers.”

NYU Skirball relies on generous support from their key partners through government and foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributors. This endorsement from the New York State Council on the Arts provides critical support for NYU Skirball in their mission to produce cutting-edge performance, artistic research, and discourse as the nonprofit arts and culture sector recovers from the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

About NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts
NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City’s major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 852-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators, and thinkers and presents ground-breaking events ranging from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater, and performance arts to comedy, music, and film.

NYU Skirball’s unique position within New York University enables it to draw on the University’s intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums, and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates, and journalists.


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