News & Updates

A.R.T./New York Presents SIGHT LINES: An Exhibit of Drawings by Sara Harvey

Gallery Three at South Oxford Space
March 5 - May 22, 2020 

A colorful illustration of three buildings next to each other.An illustration of a newsstand.

All illustrations by Sara Harvey.

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) is pleased to present SIGHT LINES, an exhibit of drawings of New York City street life by Brooklyn based artist Sara Harvey. 




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Advocacy Alert: How to Prepare for the Coronavirus

Dear Members,

With news of the Coronavirus on the news and on social media, I am writing to encourage that we come together to remain calm, alert, and informed.

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Yes, I Have White Supremacist Tendencies…and I Am Working to Change

As Cohort 4 of Diversifying Our Organizations (DOO) comes to an end, and as we attempt to draft A.R.T./New York’s Diversity Plan, I have been thinking about the challenges I have personally experienced through the program.  

I originally conceived of Diversifying Our Organizations in response to the NYC Cultural Plan, which urged us to diversify our staff and board. In my early conversations with our consultants in this work, the Raben Group’s Alicin Williamson and Whitney Tome explained that before a company can successfully welcome and work with board members of color they need to demonstrate cultural readiness. In other words, we would have to get our own houses in order before we reach out to board members or staff of color. When A.R.T./New York applied for and received a generous 3-year grant from the Scherman Foundation’s Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, l knew we were undertaking a big challenge. But I had no idea just how much I would learn about myself and my implicit and explicit biases. I participated in Cohort 1 along with a board member, where I enjoyed the cohort learning process. Our final assignment was to develop a Diversity Plan, which we were encouraged to do with our staff and, ideally, a board member. Looking back, I see how incredibly naïve I was to think that the staff would rubber-stamp my draft Plan.

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2020 Creative Opportunity Recipients

Two adults and a child stare in surprise at something off-camera.

Aunt Mae Comes to Town presented by Fitz&Startz Productions, a recipient of the 2019 Creative Opportunity Fund.

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2020 Cycle 2 Creative Space Grant Recipients

thRoUgH diFfeRenT LeNSeS performed by viBe Leadership Institute 2019 in the Great Room at South Oxford Space.

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A.R.T./New York Announces Launch of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

NEW YORK CITY  The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) has announced a new comprehensive, theatre-specific sexual harassment prevention training that meets New York City & State requirements for individual employees, freelance artists, and contractors. This inclusive and distinct curriculum addresses the unique conditions of working in theatre and facilitates a shift in the environmental status quo around sexual harassment by going beyond the minimum requirements for legal compliance.

A.R.T/New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. For over 40 years, A.R.T/New York has served 410+ member theatres in managing their companies, which has equipped the organization with a deep understanding of the distinct realities and challenges of working in theatre. Many theatre practitioners create work outside of institutional structures, which presents unique artistic opportunities as well as distinct circumstances; for example, on stage intimacy and the potential for sexually suggestive content makes the entertainment industry unique, and unlike a corporate work environment.

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A.R.T./New York & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce The Recipients Of The New York Theater Program (NYTP)

         


NEW YORK CITY,
 July 23rd — The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announce the recipients of the New York Theater Program (NYTP) for the July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022 funding cycle. A total of $4,001,000 in general operating support will be distributed over three years to 36 New York-based theatrical organizations. This funding comes at a crucial time, providing multi-year, unrestricted funding for organizational sustainability, capacity building, and growth for small and mid-size organizations with budgets of $50,000 to $3,000,000 annually.

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FY20 Cycle 1 Creative Space Grant Recipients

A still from END OF MERMAIDS by Corkscrew Theater Festival, a CSG FY19 Cycle 1 Recipient. Photo by Alex Bailey.

A.R.T./New York is proud to announce the 2020 Cycle 1 recipients of the Creative Space Grant

The following 69 companies received between $500 and $1,750 in credit to be used on studio space at A.R.T./New York's [email protected] in Manhattan and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn between July and December of 2019. 


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A.R.T./New York Receives $160,000 from The Shubert Foundation

 

NEW YORK CITY — The Shubert Foundation has awarded a record total of $30 million to 533 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. Two thousand nineteen marks the 38th consecutive year that the Foundation has increased its giving. “Our longstanding practice of providing help in the form of general operating support remains unchanged. We are convinced that talented artists and administrators are best able to decide how to use the funds we grant,” said Michael I. Sovern, The Shubert Foundation’s President.  

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A.R.T./New York Receives $25,000 from the NEA



NEW YORK CITY — National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to A.R.T./New York Member Services. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as A.R.T./New York are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”



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Nonprofit Theatres Offer Free Tickets to Government Workers During Shutdown

  

Nonprofit Theatres Offer FREE Tickets to Government Workers and Their Families During the Shutdown. 

My Fair Lady, Anne of Green Gables and Recent Alien Abductions are among the shows offered.

In an effort to provide a little respite for Government Workers during the fifth week of the Federal Government Shutdown, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), the leading organization for New York City’s nonprofit theatres, has arranged FREE tickets for government workers with several of its member companies.

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View 20 Years of A.R.T./New York History at the Theatres

Since 1972, A.R.T./New York has proved to be a vital resource for non-profit theatre companies to produce, grow, and succeed. Now, over 20 years of that history is on display at our theatres!

 

A.R.T./New York and Hirsch & Associates hard at work planning and installing the first of three display cases.

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Introducing Body Autonomy

A.R.T./New York has been closely following the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements while listening to the stories and concerns of our members. We've heard that artists and administrators do not know who to report uncomfortable or unsafe interactions to, and how there is a lack of outside support and knowledge about harassment and abuse. We've seen how the traditional power dynamics of a rehearsal room or audition space can be heavily skewed, leaving many without an outlet to bring forward concerns for fear of losing their jobs, possibly harming their career, or being put in an unsafe position. In a collaborative art form, this is unacceptable.

As A.R.T./New York has shaped plans for addressing these issues in our programming, we worked intentionally to build our programming on the framework of restorative justice, and the theories of body autonomy and affirmative consent. Thanks to generous support from the New York Community Trust, we are excited to launch Body Autonomy: A new program that combats cultures of abuse and empowers actors, artists, and participants with control over their bodies on and off stage. Body Autonomy consists of three components:

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Introducing Access A.R.T./New York

As the fall season starts, we are thrilled to announce a new programming initiative. Access A.R.T./New York provides programs and services to create a more inclusive nonprofit theatre sector that is better equipped to serve artists, audiences, and staff with disabilities.

There are many barriers, like cost and education, that make it difficult for small nonprofit theatres to become fully inclusive spaces and provide accessible spaces and programs to their patrons and artists. We hope to work with you to shift New York towards a more welcoming and accessible place for all artists, staff, and audiences through new and expanded programs, including

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Introducing Incubator Membership

A.R.T./New York has always been proud to help theatre companies large and small access the resources they need. Now, we're adding a new form of membership so that we can help companies from day one! 

For new companies, we understand that paying dues when you haven't yet set up a bank account or applying for complicated grants when you're still developing a mission statement is a big hurdle to jump through to access member resources. Companies that are still figuring it out aren't ready or interested in a lot of A.R.T./New York's services, but could still use our help. 

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Announcement: New York Theater Program

      

Dear NYC Theatre Community: 

We are thrilled to share the news with you that next month A.R.T./New York will begin planning for the next round of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's New York Theater Program (NYTP) as a re-granting program. We have been entrusted to design a selection and panel process intend to make millions of dollars in support available to the New York City theatre community by way of multi-year, general operating funds. This is a great honor, and we are humbled that The Mellon Foundation has asked us to work in partnership with them. 

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Announcing Diversifying Our Organizations (DOO)

We recently received one of three Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund grants from The Scherman Foundation to support a brand new Board of Directors diversification program. In collaboration with national diversity consultants from The Raben Group and Hewlett Consulting Partners, A.R.T./New York will offer field research, workshops, and networking events to create more inclusive theatre cultures and connect professionals of color with nonprofit theatre boards. 

“Working with Alicin Williamson and Whitney Tome of the Raben Group's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice, A.R.T./New York will develop a thoughtful and ambitious strategy for making New York City's nonprofit theatre sector more inclusive through facilitation and training; market research and events with members of affinity groups such as The Hispanic Federation, the Center for Urban Professionals, and the Urban League.”

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The First Season at the A.R.T./New York Theatres

A panoramic view of the Mezzanine Theatre under construction. Photo Credit: Kendra Ramthun  

A.R.T./New York is excited to announce that in late November 2016 we will open the A.R.T./New York Theatres, two affordable, state-of-the-art performance spaces located at 502 West 53rd Street – designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori. The Rental Subsidy grant program and peer review process aim to provide a transparent and equitable means to share this resource among our members. 21 companies have been selected to received subsidized rentals as a part of the inaugural season:

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