The Art Effect Awarded Grant Funding by National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council of the Arts

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The Art Effect is pleased to announce it has been awarded grant funding of $10,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) which will be utilized to support their Art Institute program. Additionally, The Art Effect has been approved by the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) to receive $40,000 to support the recovery of the nonprofit art and culture sector as well as $10,000 to support young artists in our upcoming Reel Exposure International Teen Film & Photography Festival and an additional $10,000 to support teaching artist salaries. “These funds will go to support our mission and provide youth with firm foundational training in visual and media arts,” said The Art Effect Executive Director Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt. “We are continually creating new ways to engage youth in the arts whether it’s through youth-designed public art and gallery curation, portfolio development or college prep.” 

This NEA awarded grant funding is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with The Art Effect strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.” The NEA’s support of The Art Effect’s Art Institute program helps over 250 youth in the Hudson Valley receive professional arts instruction, portfolio development support, and exhibition and leadership opportunities. Students also gain tools for success in college and career through access to college representatives and individualized mentorship support through ArtsBridge.. 

NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus said, “We are immensely grateful to Governor Hochul and the Legislature for their unprecedented investment of $240 million to support arts organizations across the state. New York State arts organizations such as The Art Effect are the cornerstone of our vibrant arts economy. As crucial drivers of our health and vitality, we are grateful to the unwavering dedication of arts workers across the state.”