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.

    651 Arts

    Since 1988, 651 ARTS has been committed to developing, producing and presenting performance and cultural programming rooted in the African Diaspora, with a primary focus on contemporary performing arts. 651 ARTS serves the cultural life of New York City, with a particular focus on Brooklyn, one of America’s most culturally diverse communities. -

    Abrons Arts Center

    The Abrons Arts Center, which opened in 1975 at 466 Grand Street, presents exhibitions in all media by artists-in-residence, and local and international contemporary artists. Adjacent is its landmarked 300-seat Neighborhood Playhouse, housing Henry Street’s visual and performing arts programming alongside its community-based arts training.

    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.

    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.

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    The world famous Ailey company has come to include Ailey II (1974), the Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and the Ailey Extension, which offers dance classes to the public on a walk-in basis.

    American Ballet Theatre

    The Company's spring season is held at the Metropolitan Opera House. Repertory includes many of the great Romantic ballets of the 19th century, major works of the 20th century and works by contemporary choreographers.

    American Composers Orchestra

    Founded in 1977, American Composers Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, and preservation of music by American composers. Through concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, educational programs, New Music Readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today‚ brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music.

    American Opera Projects

    American Opera Projects commissions, develops and presents new opera and innovative opera projects.

    American Tap Dance Foundation

    The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is a nonprofit organization committed to establishing and legitimizing Tap Dance as a vital component of American Dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation.

    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.

    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.

    Apollo Theater

    One of the landmarks of Harlem, the Apollo Theater is perhaps best known for its amateur night and the syndicated television show that brings African-American talent into millions of homes. The Apollo also screens films and hosts rock and gospel concerts, benefits and theater performances.

    Armitage Gone! Dance

    Karole Armitage and her dancers have shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of new works.

    Ars Nova

    Ars Nova is New York‚ hub for emerging artists and new work in theater, comedy and music, producing provocative and affordable live entertainment to feed today's popular culture.

    Art in General

    Art in General commissions challenging projects by artists who are interested in creating new work. It commissions visual artists to create new projects in any medium or form—from painting to sculpture to performance to video to other, perhaps undefined, types of art or interdisciplinary work.

    Arts for Art

    This multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, artist-run organization in the Lower East Side launched the Vision Festival, New York‚ premier free jazz/avant-garde jazz happening, in 1996.

    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.

    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.

    Ballet Hispanico

    Celebrating 42 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company, School of Dance, and Education & Outreach programs build new avenues of cultural dialogue and share the joy of dance with all communities.

    Bang on a Can

    Since its inception in 1987, the organization has presented more than 150 musical events in New York and it has served as an alternative to mainstream classical music institutions.

    Bebe Miller Company

    BEBE MILLER (Choreographer/Director) formed The Bebe Miller Company in 1985 with a vision of dance and performance that resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience and sheer beauty. Seeking to expand the language of dance, Miller's work encompasses choreography, writing, film, video and digital media.


    BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    Works by 20th-century artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as American descendants from those regions, form the basis of the collection. Exhibitions and programs offer Bronx residents the opportunity to learn about themselves and their heritage, history and culture while gaining insight into other cultural groups.

    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.

    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.

    Brooklyn Museum

    With a mission to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities, the Brooklyn Museum is where great art and courageous conversations are catalysts for a more connected, civic, and empathetic world.

    Brooklyn Philharmonic

    Brooklyn Phil is not only one of the oldest living orchestras in the United States, but with 166 world premieres under its belt, 65 works commissioned from living composers, and the accolades of 22 ASCAP awards, it‚ also one of the most adventurous and widely acclaimed musical forces. The New York Times calls it ‚feisty and provocative.‚Äù Rolling Stone raves the Brooklyn Phil is ‚vital‚Äù and ‚inspired.‚Äù

    Buglisi Dance Theatre

    Technical excellence and unparalleled dramatic power describes the consummate artists of Buglisi Dance Theatre.


    Cabinet is a quarterly magazine of art and culture that has opened an event space on the Gowanus Canal to exhibit contemporary art.

    Career Transition For Dancers

    Career Transition For Dancers is a nonprofit organization that enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines.

    Carnegie Hall

    Carnegie Hall presents close to 200 performances by the world's finest artists each season on its three great stages‚ the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall and innovative Zankel Hall.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

    Founded in 1969, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages.

    Cherry Lane Theatre

    Nestled on the corner of Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, Cherry Lane Theatre is a cultural landmark founded by Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1924 and continues to produce shows.

    Chez Bushwick

    Chez Bushwick, an artist-run organization, is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on new choreography. The organization offers New York City's only $5 subsidy for rehearsal space. Chez Bushwick also produces monthly performance programs.

    Cinema Tropical

    New York-based Cinema Tropical is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S.

    City Parks Foundation

    City Parks Foundation presents free arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives in more than 700 parks citywide each year.