The New York Alliance for the Arts, NYAA is a nonprofit organization focused on arts and culture in the greater Finger Lakes.
I was prompted to start this organization because of my experiences representing artists and developing arts programming in the region. These experiences revealed isolated individuals and groups working in the region- many needing network and collaboration opportunities, exhibition venue coordination, professional development and overall arts advocacy.
The New York Alliance for the Arts functions as a program initiator, project coordinator, developer of resources and builder of creative partnerships among artists, arts organizations and creative businesses. Every program and project conceived by NYAA is created with the underlying goal of building a stronger and more dynamic infrastructure for arts and culture. NYAA promotes the creation and distribution of all forms of artistic expression and advocates for access to the arts for everyone.
The programming being established right now is a comprehensive arts registry that identifies all artists, art organizations and for-profit art businesses in the FLX region- the entire arts community. These registered arts entities will have a bio page on the NYAA website and their events are eligible to be listed on the NYAA regional arts calendar. Likewise, various available arts venues will be identified and listed. No such service exists serving the greater Finger Lakes region. This database and calendar is based on the one used at the New England Foundation for the Arts- who has graciously helped to guide the development of NYAA. Other programming being developed centers around public art and place-making, with future goals in residency and professional development.
NYAA will be governed by a board of directors and active through various programming committees including finance, marketing, and programming.
The incorporation process should be complete by the end of autumn this year. By that time the website and arts calendar should be public and collecting data from the creative community.