Visual and performing artists as well as musicians and writers are among the qualified applicants. (via Wikimedia Commons)

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) have teamed up to launch a grant for artists with disabilities. Eligible artists must be current residents of New York State but live outside of New York City.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant will award $1,000 to 261 artists who are disabled and have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visual and performing artists, as well as musicians and writers, are among the qualified applicants.

Eligible artists must show that they have maintained a continual arts practice since 2018 and the grant must be used for arts-related expenses.

“NYSCA recognizes the profound financial pressures that artists have faced due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19,” the executive director of NYSCA, Mara Manus, said in a press release. “As the creative sector continues to confront a multi-year recovery process, NYSCA looks forward to continuing to support the critical work of artists across our State.”

Last year, NYFA distributed a similar grant — the Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant — which also awarded $1,000 to artists with disabilities who had experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic. That program, however, was focused on artists who lived in New York City.

“We are grateful to NYSCA for supporting a program that recognizes the sustained impact of COVID-19 on creative communities, particularly those with disabilities,” said NYFA’s executive director Michael Royce. “We hope that this grant helps to relieve some of the financial burdens that may be keeping artists from fully returning to their work, and that it offers encouragement for their practice.”

Applications for the NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant open May 17 and close June 28. Recipients will be notified on August 5.

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Elaine Velie

Elaine Velie is a writer from New Hampshire living in Brooklyn. She studied Art History and Russian at Middlebury College and is interested in art's role in history, culture, and politics.

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