THE IMPACT of MULTI-ARTS CENTERS
Multi-arts centers that are members of NYMACC come in all shapes and sizes but they have many things in common.
The multi-arts centers in the NYMACC network are vital partners in economic development and revitalizing downtowns
Multi-Arts centers work to build strong communities.
- Many serve as cultural anchors for NY Main Street Grants, federal matching grants, and state funding
- Many multi-arts centers are historical landmarks preserving the heritage of the community
- Multi-arts centers offer programs that provide jobs and job training in arts related fields
- NYMACC members support local artists in their communities -- hiring them for teaching and staff positions, selling their work, and providing exhibition and performance opportunities for established and emerging artists.
(photo above: Holiday Extravaganza Exhibit at Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)
For more information about the impact of NYMACC members and the work of multi-arts centers please check out the Who Do We Serve page.
- Many multi-arts centers offer arts classes and workshops throughout the year, and support arts education in local schools with in-school residences and after-school programs.
- Many of our member art centers serve the greater cultural community by providing technical assistance and resources for individual artists and other arts organizations, and providing re-grants for cultural programs through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.
- Multi-arts centers provide access to life-long learning, cultural experiences, and participation in the arts for all ages and all abilities.
- Multi-arts centers often work with civic and social service agencies to help develop programs and opportunities. Some of these community partners include Head Start programs, 21st Century Learning Centers, local chambers of commerce, Rotary clubs, work-force development agencies, tourism promotion agencies, special needs programs, youth organizations, and senior centers.