Depot Theatre Awarded $25,000 NYSCA Grant
Westport, NY — The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY was recently awarded a $25,000 Support for Organizations grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The funding will support infrastructure and staffing for both the Depot‘s main stage and Academy outreach and education programs for the 2024 fiscal year.
“We’re grateful for NYSCA’s continued support of the Depot Theatre and our mission,” said Kim Rielly, the Depot Theatre’s Executive Director. “As the Adirondacks’ only professional Equity theatre, this vital funding will support the artists and infrastructure that are necessary for us to continue to drive significant cultural and economic impact in our community and the greater region.”
With this latest funding round, the New York State Council on the Arts has awarded $80 million to over 1,000 arts group and 500 artists for fiscal year 2024.
“Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities,” Governor Hochul said. “Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7 billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022 and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the coming year.”
About the NYS Council on the Arts:
The mission of the New York State Council on the Arts is to foster and advance the full breadth of New York State’s arts, culture, and creativity for all. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award $127 million in FY 2024. The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.
About the Depot Theatre:
The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and it is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. In addition to its volunteer board of trustees, the theatre depends on the support and generosity of its loyal donors, volunteers and community members. Committed to promoting and providing exposure to the performing arts in the Adirondacks, the Depot Theatre invites all to “Take a journey without leaving the station.” The Depot Theatre‘s 2024 programming is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
For more information about the Depot Theatre and its programs, visit DepotTheatre.org.
Photo at top: Depot Theatre Academy 2023 Summer Program participants perform in Matilda, Jr. Photo courtesy of Betsy Bacot.
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