The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens. The Council believes in supporting the following.
Artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure, and
The rights of all New Yorkers to access and experience the power of the arts and culture, and the vital contribution the arts make to the quality of life in New York communities.
NYSCA strives to achieve its mission through its core grant-making activity and by convening field leaders, providing information and advisory support, and working with partners on special initiatives to achieve mutual goals. Further, NYSCA's vision for cultural development in the state is reflected in the following goals.
Sustaining a vital ecosystem of individual artists and cultural organizations that supports the creation, presentation, critical review, and distribution of the arts and culture
Celebrating our rich range of artistic and cultural resources inclusive of diverse cultures and aesthetics
Encouraging artistic and discipline field advancement
Broadening public access, appreciation, participation, and education in the arts and culture throughout the state
Providing recognition and professional advancement for artists and arts administrators.