NYSCA NEA CARES grants of $10,000 support community-based arts organizations, prioritizing underserved communities


Westport, NY — The Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y. is one of only five organizations in the North Country Region to have been awarded a $10,000 NYSCA NEA CARES Grant.

This grant is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with Federal grant funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, funds made available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries, including the arts sector.

NYSCA NEA CARES Grants of $10,000 each were given to arts organizations with budgets of less than $1.5 million and which have a proven track record of essential contributions to their communities. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, these grants will cover salaries and supplemental benefits, fees for artists and other contracted personnel, and operational facilities costs, including rent and utilities payments.

“We’re grateful to NYSCA and the NEA for this timely funding,” said Kim Rielly, Depot Theatre Executive Director. “The grant will support this season’s altered Academy outreach and education program, which requires additional safety measures and personnel to provide in-person professional workshops for youth in voice, dance and scene work in a safe, outdoor setting.”

For more information about NYSCA, visit www.arts.ny.gov. For more information about the Depot Theatre, visit DepotTheatre.org.


About the New York State Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit.

NYSCA upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development and quality of life. Through its core grantmaking activity, NYSCA awarded $43.8M in FY2020 to 2,500 organizations statewide through direct grants and regrants in our 15 programs, the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative and the Mid-Size Capital Project Fund. NYSCA funding supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities. NYSCA 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 Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in 1960, and continued and expanded to the present day with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA is an agency of the executive branch of the New York state government. For more information on NYSCA, visit www.arts.ny.gov, or follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.


The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, N.Y., and 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 2020 programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by Adirondack Foundation – Generous Acts Fund and the Essex County Arts Council.