February 18th, 2009
The New York Foundation for the Arts, an organization that facilitates the development of the individual artist throughout the state, is moving to 20 Jay Street in Dumbo, according to their website. Two Trees Management leased out the 7th floor location (11,835 sq.ft.) for 10 years (no word on whether or not their lease was subsidized).
NYFA was established in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts. Since 1985, NYFA has supported more than 5,000 artists through merit-based programs, including Artists’ Fellowships, Fiscal Sponsorship, The Catalogue Project, and BUILD. From Wikipedia:
“In 1984, NYFA began overseeing and distributing Artists’ Fellowships along with its public service component, Artists & Audiences. The Fellowship program has since expanded to award direct grants to New York State artists in sixteen disciplines—eight per year on a rotating basis—and has awarded more than $23.9 million to 3,688 artists since the program’s inception. Past recipients include subsequent winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, the Academy Award (Oscar), Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships, and many other honors. Through NYFA’s grant programs and fiscal sponsorship, more than $6.6 million is now awarded annually to artists and arts organizations.”
The move by NYFA brings another large arts and cultural organization to the neighborhood, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of their projects in the area. Welcome to Dumbo, NYFA!