Guild Hall Receives Grants from NYSCA & NEA Totaling $70,000

By Chris Ruel
Photo: Joe Brondo

Guild Hall, a non-profit arts and cultural organization based in East Hampton, New York, has received three grants totaling $50,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts sector.

The funds will be allocated to Learning + Public Engagement programming and rehiring of seasonal staff, bolstering Guild Hall’s efforts to promote the arts in the East Hampton community.

NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus’s statement said, “We are immensely grateful to Governor Hochul and the Legislature for their unprecedented investment of $240 million to support arts organizations across the state. New York State arts organizations such as Guild Hall are the cornerstone of our vibrant arts economy. As crucial drivers of our health and vitality, we are grateful to the unwavering dedication of arts workers across the state.”

In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has approved a $20,000 grant for Guild Hall’s Student Art Festival, “Eco V Ego,” in-school residencies. The program has engaged 21 artists in 14 schools to develop work for an exhibition set to take place in January 2024.

In an official press release, Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D. stated, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide. Projects such as this one with Guild Hall strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”