About the Alliance

The Alliance for the Arts' mission is advocacy for the arts in New York
through research and audience development. We publish information on the arts and cultural events in New York City as well as studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education.

The Alliance is:

A resource. We serve constituencies in New York City, New York State and across the US, including

  • Children, parents and teachers
  • The general public and visitors to New York
  • New York's cultural community
  • Government and civic leaders and researchers
  • Artists, curators and historians.

An advocate. We help government and civic leaders understand the importance of cultural organizations to our city. We make the case for more support for culture from all levels of government.

An information resource. The Alliance published the first guide to New York museums in 1978. We continue this work through NYC ARTS and NYCkidsARTS, and the online cultural guide for the state, NYStateARTS.org. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and tourists use our guides to cultural programs every year. New York City public school teachers use NYCkidsARTS, which is also used by thousands of parents to help young people discover the joy and value of the arts. Click here to learn more about our publications.

A research center. The Alliance was the first to study the arts as an industry. We continue this work, measuring the importance of culture to the economy and to education. Our reports inform the press and public officials and support the development of the entire cultural community. Click here for a list of our publications.

A leader in developing electronic applications. The all-new NYC-ARTS.org and NYCkidsARTS.org Web sites are the most comprehensive resources of their kind. Both are centralized locations to access information about culture in New York and gateways to other cultural resources. The free NYC ARTSApps consist of the GPS-based NYC ARTS iPhone and iTouch application and the NYC ARTS calendar widget, which bloggers and organizations can install on their Web sites. The Alliance also established NYStateARTS.org to offer information about cultural organizations throughout New York State, and a Web site for the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS.

A local and national organization. The Alliance is based in New York but it has an impact nationwide, primarily through its widely replicated studies of the economic impact of the arts and the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, which preserves on a national level the work of artists with AIDS.

Financial support for the Alliance comes from a variety of sources, primarily private foundations and corporations, government agencies at the city, state and federal levels. Click here for a list of current supporters.

For an annual report on program service accomplishments and the year's highlights, click here.

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  •  Advocacy Newsletter
  • (Periodic newsletter with information about the cultural sector)
  •  NYCkidsARTS
  • (Weekly highlights of events listed on NYCkidsARTS.org)
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