Extends effectiveness of provisions relating to establishing a pilot grant program to help working artists secure shared use facilities.
Ayes (35): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Rivera, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Squadron
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 624 of the laws of 2007 amending the arts and cultural affairs law relating to establishing a pilot grant program to help working artists secure shared use facilities, in relation to extending the effectiveness thereof
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends chapter 624 of 2007 relating to establishing a pilot grant program to help working artists secure residency at a shared-use facility. It extends the current law for four years to December 31, 2016 which would allow New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to establish a grant program to support working artists.
It would allow the NYSCA to develop a pilot grant program, to be conducted in the cities of Syracuse, Rochester, Kingston and New York, for the purpose of providing limited financial assistance for working artists to secure residency at a "shared-use facility." It also establishes a grant to assist artists in establishing or maintaining existing shared-use facilities.
JUSTIFICATION: While the arts may affect each of our lives differently, the benefits are all-encompassing. The creative class plays a vital role in economic development, tourism, historic preservation and cultural education. With the continued decline of the manufacturing sector, the arts community has been helping to revitalize urban and rural communities throughout New York State by living and working in neighborhoods long-abandoned by the mainstream business community.
Artists frequently seek out abandoned industrial and manufacturing centers to live and practice their craft, in part due to the low cost of renting space in such areas. However, many of these areas are being transformed into thriving residential neighborhoods, which in turn has driven up the cost of living and working in these areas. The escalation in real estate values threatens the economic viability of the arts community in New York, forcing artists to move to more affordable areas in other parts of the country. Allowing such trends to continue threatens New York's stature as a world leader in arts and entertainment.
This bill seeks to reverse such trends, by assisting artists in seeking an affordable place to live and work, thereby preserving the arts community in New York and the economic benefit in commerce and tourism generated by this valuable New York resource.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2007-08: A.5202-A - Chapter 624 2006: A.11596 - Referred to Tourism, Arts and Sports Development
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to appropriation thereafter.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This shall take effect immediately and shall expire December 31, 2016.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6821 A. 9694 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y March 26, 2012 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. MILLMAN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development AN ACT to amend chapter 624 of the laws of 2007 amending the arts and cultural affairs law relating to establishing a pilot grant program to help working artists secure shared use facilities, in relation to extending the effectiveness thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 3 of chapter 624 of the laws of 2007 amending the arts and cultural affairs law relating to establishing a pilot grant program to help working artists secure shared use facilities is amended to read as follows: S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31,
2016. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15148-01-2