Here's a list of organizations and resources we appreciate and recommend:
The Field provides access to opportunities, resources, funding, advice and information to artists and culture workers with an intentional focus on those who experience barriers to advancement based on race, cultural identity, ability, sexual orientation, or other identities.
Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression. Use their tools to raise money, manage risk, build an audience, find space, collaborate intentionally, and learn business skills.
The Actor's Fund is a national human services organization here to meet the needs of our entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations. VLA strives to protect the artistic community’s livelihoods, businesses, and creative works through access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs.
Financial Support & Grants
Bronx Council on the Arts
Serves Bronx artists and arts organizations by providing financial support, re-grant funding, information services, technical assistance, professional development, and community programming.
Brooklyn Arts Council
Offers service and support to Brooklyn artists and arts organizations, including re-grant funding.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. Also provides services and re-grant programs through neighborhood-based organizations across Manhattan.
Queens Council on the Arts
Fosters, develops, and promotes cultural organizations within Queens, and provides services to artists and arts organizations including re-grant funding.
Staten Island Arts
Develops, fosters, and promotes arts, cultural, and humanities activities on Staten Island, and provides re-grant funding within the borough.
MAP Fund supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.
Opportunities & Materials
Materials for the Arts is New York’s premiere reuse center, providing a way for companies and individuals to donate unneeded supplies to thousands of nonprofit organizations with arts programming and public schools.
chashama nurtures artists by transforming unused property into work and presentation space.
Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP) organizes the art community to fight for affordable workspace in New York City.
Playground Brooklyn is a co-working space for artists, illustrators, filmmakers, designers, photographers, art organizations, writers and any kind of creatives.
The NYC Commission on Human Rights enforces the City Human Rights Law, and protects individuals from discrimination in housing based on the protected classes under the Law, promoting equal opportunity and prohibiting discriminatory practices that unfairly limit the housing choices of protected groups or individuals.
Health & Wellness
NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace is where you can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage.
Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income people and is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States.
Community Development / Urban Planning
"What Is ULURP?" is a toolkit created by The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) to explain the process by which major land use changes get reviewed and approved in New York City.
Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City is a book edited by Tom Angotti and Sylvia Morse that explores the ways in which New York City's zoning policies cause gentrification and displacement of low-income communities of color.
Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY) is a citywide alliance aimed at revitalizing NYC from the neighborhood up.
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City.
Government / Elected Officials
NYC Votes will help you register to vote, see who’s running, learn how and where to cast your ballot, and get other New Yorkers involved.
Find Your Community Board and take part in shaping your neighborhood through NYC Mayor's Community Affairs Unit.
"Who Represents Me: NYC" provides updated lists of elected officials and their local contact information.