On November 27, 2012, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced recipients of its Arts Works Grant for Fall of 2012. A total of 832 grants were awarded, totaling $23.3 million. The list of recipients spans 13 artistic disciplines and focuses primarily on the creation and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. NYC-ARTS would like to congratulate all who received recognition from the NEA and particularly shine the spotlight on New York-based arts groups, which took more than a quarter of the awards (totaling $7 million).

For a full list and description of grant-sponsored projects, please visit arts.gov.

    African Film Festival

    The African Film Festival (AFF) builds an American audience for African film through an annual film festival in New York, a National Traveling Film Series, various panel discussions and a number of educational outreach and community programs.

    Americas Society

    Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue about issues in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Its literature, music and visual arts programs present artists from these regions.

    Asia Society and Museum

    Complementing the superb art works in the museum are lectures by leading scholars and collectors in the field, musical and theatrical events and the screening of films from many Asian countries.

    BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange

    BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a nurturing, year-round, performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulates dialogue among diverse constituencies.

    Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world and the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. On display throughout the cathedral is a remarkable collection of religious icons, tapestries and paintings from the 16th through 20th centuries.

    Clarion Music Society

    The Clarion Music Society is unique in its commitment to performing lost or neglected works from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as well-known masterworks from these periods that are rarely heard on authentic instruments.

    Dance Theatre of Harlem

    Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution with outreach programs and a world-class school that trains young people in classical ballet and the allied arts. The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble is its performing group.

    The Drawing Center

    The Drawing Center, located in SoHo's historic cast-iron district, exhibits contemporary and historic drawings.

    Film Society of Lincoln Center

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center sponsors the renowned annual New York Film Festival, one of the world's leading showcases for new American and international films. It also operates the Walter Reade Theater, opened in 1991 as a year-round presenter of films that would not otherwise have a major venue in New York City.

    Indo-American Arts Council

    The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) supports artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. The organization works with colleagues around the United States to broaden audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding.

    José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc.

    The José Limón Dance Foundation exists to perpetuate the Limón legacy and its humanistic approach to movement and theater, and to extend the vitality of that vision into the future, through performance, creation, preservation and education.

    Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

    Founded in 2003 by Nancy Laurie, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has distinguished itself through both its exceptionally talented corps of dancers and its emphasis on acquiring and commissioning new works by the world‚ most sought-after emerging choreographers. The artistic director is Benoit-Swan Pouffer.

    Metropolitan Opera

    The Metropolitan Opera's foremost goal is to present the highest quality performances of grand opera each season featuring the world's most talented artists and conductors.

    New Dramatists

    Based in New York's Theater District, New Dramatists has been commissioning plays by young authors and steering them through readings and pre-production since 1949. It also hosts career development workshops for young authors.

    New York Theatre Workshop

    The workshop, whose mainstage productions have gone on to Broadway, has presented over 85 productions, the majority of them world premieres, and organized more than 600 readings.

    Play Company

    The Play Company is a New York based theater company dedicated to advancing an international view of contemporary playwrights. The company was formed to address the lack of access to plays from other parts of the world, and to promote theatre as a means to engage with the ideas, issues and artists that shape our time.

    Rooftop Films

    Rooftop Films is a nonprofit organization that shows movies in outdoor locations, produces new films, teaches filmmaking to young people and rents low-cost equipment to artists and nonprofits. It is a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods.

    Smack Mellon Studios

    Located in a series of old warehouses in the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO, Smack Mellon Studios was founded by a musician and an artist to create a meeting ground for divergent art forms. Smack Mellon Studios holds an exhibition space, an artists studio program and a performance space for theater, music and dance groups.

    Studio Museum in Harlem

    The museum collects, researches and interprets the work of African-American artists and artists of African descent. It is the nexus for artists of African descent---locally, nationally and internationally---and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture.

    Urban Bush Women

    Urban Bush Women (UBW), based in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and has been presented extensively in New York City and has toured throughout the United States and to Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.

    Private: Young People’s Chorus of New York City

    92nd Street Y

    Thu, May 20, 2010, 11:00 am - 11:59 pm

    This free concert shines the spotlight on the public school children who participate in the chorus's Satellite program. The concert includes Aaron Copland's Ching-a-Ring Chaw, Jim Papoulis' Give Us Hope, a sing-along and more.

    Alarm Will Sound

    Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member ensemble dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of today's music. It is an advocate for innovative work by established and emerging composers, especially works that incorporate theatrical and multimedia elements.

    Anthology Film Archives

    Anthology Film Archives provides a unique window onto the world of cinema, be it mainstream features, outsider independents, hand-held documentaries or the most austere experimental works.

    Atlantic Theater Company

    Atlantic Theater Company is an award-winning Off Broadway theater dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Since its inception in 1982, the company has produced more than 100 plays, including the hit musical Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, and the 20th Anniversary Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow.

    Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music

    With affordable classes for all levels of musician, the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music has been serving a diverse audience since 1897. The school also offers performances and lectures in its Brooklyn and Queens venues.

    Center for Book Arts

    Exhibits and workshops, ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde, explore the art and craft of bookmaking. Some shows have celebrated various aspects of book structures, while others have confronted the viewer with books made of unexpected materials such as Plexiglas, hair-nets and concrete.

    Classical Theatre of Harlem

    Since its founding in 1999, the Classical Theatre of Harlem has established itself as a serious venue for theater in Harlem. It produces classics of world theater in an effort to introduce young Harlem audiences to these plays.


    Dancewave transforms the lives of New York City youth through unique exposure to world-class, pre-professional performing arts training. Since 1995, Dancewave has offered education programs for young people with a rare combination of four core values: artistic integrity, educational rigor, nurturing support and access for all.

    DreamYard Project

    DreamYard uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities. As the largest arts education provider in the Bronx and one of the largest providers in the City, DreamYard impacts the social and intellectual growth of thousands of K-12th grade students each year.

    Flux Factory

    This incubator for art that is in dialogue with the physical, social and cultural space of New York City is based in a three-story converted greeting card factory in Long Island City, Queens.

    International Center of Photography

    ICP presents more than 20 exhibitions a year, exploring the diversity of the medium‚ from documentary photography to digital imagery. The collection houses more than 100,000 original photographic prints representing some 1,000 photographers.

    The Joyce Theater

    Considered one of the premiere performance venues for dance, The Joyce features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances. The Joyce invites New York City-based, national and international dance companies to its intimate venue in Chelsea.

    Lower East Side Printshop

    Founded in 1968, this nonprofit art center supports artists of all creative backgrounds by offering affordable studio space, career services and expertise in printmaking. Exhibitions, which are free-of-charge, and printmaking classes are open to the public.

    Monica Bill Barnes and Company

    Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life.

    New Federal Theatre

    The New Federal Theater, founded by Woodie King, Jr., in 1970, grew out of a theater program at Mobilization for Youth. Reflecting the minority community in which it originated, the New Federal Theater brings the living theater to the Lower East Side and the greater metropolitan area.

    Grey Art Gallery‚ New York University

    Two exhibition spaces feature shows in virtually all aspects of the fine and applied arts: painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, photography, architecture, decorative arts, film, video and performance art.

    Playwrights Horizons

    A self-proclaimed writer's theater, Playwrights Horizons is committed to producing new plays by established and up-and-coming playwrights.

    Rosie’s Theater Kids

    Rosie's Theater Kids is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts.

    Third Street Music School Settlement

    Now in its second century of service, the School provides instruction in music and dance to more than 5,000 students of all ages at its school on East 11th Street and through 28 partnerships with schools and community centers primarily on Manhattan's Lower East Side as well as Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

    Thalia Spanish Theatre

    Thalia Spanish Theatre, the only Hispanic theater in the borough of Queens, produces American and world premieres of bilingual plays by Spanish, Latin-American and Hispanic-American authors performed alternately in English and Spanish, and both traditional and new music and dance pieces.