New York State Council on the Arts Annual Report 1986-87. Report by Media Program.

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Total Aid to Localities: $44,300,000, Media: $1,512,129 (1986-87)

 


MEDIA PROGRAM

Director: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

Program Analysts: Eugene Matta (until July 1986), Jerry Lindahl, Arthur Tsuchiya

            The Media Program entered fiscal year 1986-87, not so much with different objectives and assumptions from the previous year, but rather with the goal of improving upon earlier efforts. The program advanced production and audience development as priorities with the following assumptions and objectives: 1) the field is expanding but it is far from being established securelyóit is fraught with complex questions including those caused by rapidly developing technology as well as distribution and marketing problems; 2) it is vital that we seek shared leadership with the field; 3) it is important to maintain the balance between support for the larger, established and the smaller, developing organizations; and 4) individual artists, both established and emerging, should continue to be assisted to create new works.

            As the program renewed its commitment to assume a leadership role in the media field and to evaluate its role, applicants were invited to conceive and review their own projects in conjunction with their assessments of the field including its accomplishments, failures and needs as well as future direction. The program stressed the importance of demonstrating a clear aesthetic and conceptual grasp of video arid audio as art; of going beyond addressing needs to the question of artistic quality/standards; and of showing sensitive and imaginative ways of developing audiences, always mindful of social and cultural diversity. In response to ever-increasing needs and demands of the field, and in light of the budgetary constraints, the Program conducted a more comparative review of applications than before.   

            In 1986-87, the Media Program awarded a total of $1,512,129 to 87 organizations for 150 projects, including 31 production awards administered by the Individual Artists Program. Reflecting our strong conviction that production is vital for the development of the field, the Program expended $400,129, a little over 26% of its total allocation, for production of individual artists' works through sponsoring organizations. See the Individual Artists Program for a listing of media artists and projects.   

            In addition, regrant awards increased from $29,000 in 1985-86 to $54,000 last year with two new programs in Manhattan and two upstate, adding over $100,000 to the independent production pool in New York State. Every regrant program must be matched dollar for dollar.

            The Program continued its support of exhibitions (about 21% of the total budget); projects designed for services to the field, including distribution (17%); general operating expenses (15%); equipment and workspace access, including production and post-production services and equipment purchase (10 %); special projects (4 %); and artists-in-residence (3 %). Finally, the Program awarded grants to four writers, ranging from $1,500 to $3,500, under the "Writing On Media Art" category which is designed to encourage critical writing. In advancing audience development, the Program stressed the importance of cultural and aesthetic diversity in American society, upstate development, and experimental as well as major projects. Squeaky Wheel, a new association of Buffalo area media makers, received a grant of $2,000 to present an exhibition entitled "Narrowcasting: Native American and Eastern European Video." The Program supported "Democracy in Communication," ($10,000) a travelling exhibition of independent video and film produced recently in Central and South America, and curated by New York independent producer, Karen Ranucci. The Program awarded $25,000 to the Museum of Modem Art toward an exhibition, "From Day to Night: Installations and Videotapes by Bill Viola." As the second major retrospective of an individual video artist after that of Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum in 1982, the show marks a sigriificant event in the field.   

            If the Program considers the individual artists vital for the development of the field, it also recognizes the importance of assisting organizations that present media activities and support artists. The Program made special grants to organizations that are at a critical juncture in their development and needed one-time assistance. A grant of $11,000 went to the Global Village, a fifteen year old, pioneering media center, to help institutionalize development as an on-going, high priority activity. Another grant of $10,000 went to Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo to help strengthen its administrative structure. Finally, an award of $8,000 was made to be matched dollar for dollar to the newly organized Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE


Art Awareness; Lexington

$3,000

 


Bronx Museum of the Arts

$5,000

 


Global Village Resource Center; Manhattan

$7,000

 


Emily Lowe Gallery/ Hofstra University; Hempstead

$7,600

 


Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst/ Langston Hughes Community Library and

Cultural Center; Queens

$4,000

 


St. Augustine's Center; Buffalo

   $7,000

   


Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester

   $2,500

   


WNYC Foundation; Manhattan

    $8,000

EQUIPMENT PURCHASE


Catskill Center for Photography; Woodstock

$1,000


Center for Community Studies; Manhattan

$4,600


Experimental Television Center; Owego

    $3,855


Hallwalls; Buffalo

    $14,500


Queens Council on the Arts

    $4,000
Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester     $6,000

 

EXHIBITITION

   


Altermedia; Staten Island

    $2,000

    


Alternative Media Information Center; Manhattan

     $4,000

    


American Museum of the Moving Image; Queens

     $9,200

    


Artists Space; Manhattan

     $8,000

    


Artmusic; Brooklyn

     $7,500

    


Barnard College; Manhattan

     $1,850

    


Black Filmmaker Foundation; Manhattan

     $4,000

    


Black Maria

     $3,000

    


Bronx Museum of the Arts

     $10,000

 


Catskill Center for Photography; Woodstock

$2,500

 


Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts (CEPA); Buffalo

$4,842

 


Center for New Art Activities; Manhattan

$5,000

 


Channel L Working Group; Manhattan

$7,000

 


Council on the Arts for Cortland

$5,000

 


Educational Broadcasting Corporation; Manhattan

$25,000

 


Exit Art; Manhattan

$3,000

 


Franklin Furnace Archive; Manhattan

$2,500

 


Friends of the Davis Center; Manhattan

$6,000

 


Global Village Resource Center; Manhattan

$15,000

 


Haleakala/ The Kitchen; Manhattan

$34,000

 


Hallwalls; Buffalo

$11,000

 


Institute for Art and Urban Resources/PS 1; Queens

$8,000

 


International Center for Photography; Manhattan

$9,000

 


Katonah Gallery

$3,500

 


Mid-Hudson Library System; Poughkeepsie

$4,000

 


Museum of Broadcasting; Manhattan

  $4,000

 


Museum of Modern Art; Manhattan

$33,500

 


New Radio and Performing Arts; Brooklyn

$9,000

 


New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations; Manhattan

$2,860

 


Olean Public Library

$2,962

 


Raindance Foundation; Manhattan

$11,800

 


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Troy

$3,000

 


Squeaky Wheel; Buffalo

$2,000

 


Syracuse University

$3,000

 


United Block Association; Manhattan

$1,000

 


Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester

$11,000

 


White Plains Cable TV Access

$3,500


 

Whitney Museum of American Art; Manhattan

$18,000

 


Women Make Movies; Manhattan

$10,000

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT

   


Asian Cine-Vision; Manhattan

   $16,300

   


Downtown Community Television Center; Manhattan

   $55,100

   


Experimental Intermedia Foundation; Manhattan

    $13,000

   


Experimental Television Center; Owego

    $32,800

   


Harvestworks; Manhattan

    $20,000

   


Inter-Media Art Center; Huntington

    $20,000

   


Locus Communications; Manhattan

    $34,400

   


Media Alliance; Manhattan

    $24,000

   


Media Bus; Woodstock

    $10,000

 

PRODUCTION/ POSTPRODUCTION SERVICES

   


Electronic Alts Intermix; Manhattan

    $7,900

   


Film/Video Arts; Manhattan

    $50,000

   


Raindance Foundation; Manhattan

    $25,000

   


Roulette Intermedium; Manhattan

    $4,000

REGRANT PROGRAM

Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts (CEPA); Buffalo    $2,500

   


Checkerboard Foundation

   $12,000

 


Educational Broadcasting Corporation; Manhattan

   $20,000

   


Niagara Council of the Arts; Niagara Falls

    $6,000


Writers Guild of America East; Manhattan

    $13,500

 

SERVICES TO THE FIELD       

    


Alternative Media Information Center; Manhattan

   $14,636

    


American Federation of the Arts; Manhattan

    $6,000

    


Association of Independents in Radio; Manhattan

     $8,000

    


Black Filmmaker Foundation; Manhattan

     $4,000

    


Camera News; Manhattan

    $2,000

    


Electronic Arts Intermix; Manhattan

     $26,500

     


Film News Now Foundation; Manhattan

      $4,000

     


Film/Video Arts; Manhattan

      $5,000

     


Foundation for Independent Video and Film; Manhattan

      $37,500

     


Giorno Poetry Systems; Manhattan

      $2,000

     


Haleakala/ The Kitchen; Manhattan

      $45,000

     


International Film Seminars; Manhattan

     $3,500

     


Media Alliance; Manhattan

      $10,000

      


Museum of the American Indian; Manhattan

       $2,425

 


National Alliance Media Arts; Staten Island 

$4,000

 


New Wilderness Foundation; Manhattan

$3,000

 


New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations; Manhattan

$12,000

 


Niagara Council of the Arts; Niagara Falls

$3,000

 


Parabola Arts Foundation; Manhattan

$12,000

 


Port Washington Public Library

$17,450

 


Video Repetorie; Manhattan

$6,000

 


Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester

$7,500

 


WSLU-FM; Canton

$5,000

 


Women Make Movies; Manhattan

$12,870

SPECIAL PROJECTS

     


Bronx Council on the Arts

      $10,000

     


Film/Video Arts; Manhattan

      $8,000

     


Global Village Resource Center; Manhattan

      $11,000

     


Mid-York Library System; Utica

      $3,000

     


Squeaky Wheel; Buffalo

     $10,000

     


Staten Island Council on the Arts; Staten Island

      $8,000

     


Whitney Museum of American Art; Manhattan

     $7,350

WORKSPACE

   


Samaya Foundation; Manhattan

  $5,000

    


Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester

     $7,000

    


Women's Interart Center; Manhattan

    $24,000

WRITING ON MEDIA ART

    


Black Filmmaker Foundation; Manhattan

$2,000

    


Foundation for Independent Video and Film; Manhattan

  $3,500

    


Port Washington Public Library

     $3,000

    


Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester

    $1,500

Advisory Panelists:


Mr. Peer D. Bode, Video Artist, Experimental Television Center; Owego

Mr. Luis Cancel, Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Bronx

Mr. Tony Cokes, Video Artist; Manhattan

Mr. Collis Davis, Jr., Independent Producer; Brooklyn

Mr. Matthew Geller, Video Artist; Manhattan

Ms. Ronnie Geist, Administrator, Producer, Women's Interart Center; Manhattan

Ms. Julie M. Gustafson, Independent Producer, Global Village Video Center; Manhattan

Ms. Jean Haynes, Film/Video Librarian, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System; Jamestown

Ms. Barbara London Video Curator, The Museum of Modern Art; Manhattan

Ms. Rita Myers, Video Artist; Manhattan

Mr. Phill Niblock, Intermedia Artist, Experimental Intermedia Foundation; Manhattan

Mr. Stephen L. Rabin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Educational Film Center;

Annandale, VA

Ms. Helen Thorington, Independent Radio Producer, New Radio and Performing Arts; Brooklyn

 

Alternates:


Mr. Louis Daniel Giansante, Independent Radio Producer; Manhattan

Ms. Chris Hill, Video Artist, Video Curator, Hallwalls; Manhattan

Mr. Joe Steinmetz, Independent Producer, Lockport Community Cable Commission; Lockport

Ms. Robin White, Director, Media Alliance; Manhattan

Group Name: 
New York State Council on the Arts
Group Dates: 
1960 -
Group Location: 
New York City