Courtesy of Joe Harrell, Director of Marketing and Product Management at Alliance for the Arts, comes this press release:
Alliance for the Arts Initiative Enhances Access to New York’s Vibrant Arts Scene
Tony-nominated Gavin Creel of Hair
Guest Editor of Webby-honoree Web guides NYC-ARTS.org and NYCkidsARTS.org
The Alliance for the Arts today announced a major initiative increasing access to the arts and arts education. The Alliance has launched the new and unique NYC-ARTS.org-a 2009 Webby Award Honoree-and its teacher and family-friendly companion NYCkidsARTS.org that provide an insider’s take on the hundreds of gems that make up New York’s vibrant cultural life.
Alliance President Randall Bourscheidt said: “The national spotlight on the arts and arts education is in perfect alignment with the launch of NYC-ARTS.org and NYCkidsARTS.org. The new initiative expands access to New York cultural organizations to all residents and visitors by providing the most comprehensive cultural information available in a fun and easy-to-use format.”
In celebration of the launch of NYC-ARTS.org and NYCkidsARTS.org, Gavin Creel, the Tony-nominated star of Hair on Broadway, appears as a guest editor. “As someone who has committed his career to the arts, I’m thrilled that NYC ARTS exists,” says Creel. “There’s nothing else online that provides access to art in New York in quite this way.” Creel’s choices appear in the Things to Do section of the sites, along with other suggested compilations of offerings, including Free Attractions in New York and a feature about the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.
The City of New York has made a capital investment of $1.5 million in NYC ARTS. Alliance for the Arts would like to especially thank the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYC Council for their support. Kate D. Levin, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, said: “NYC ARTS is another important way of connecting our City’s arts organizations with their core audiences, and as importantly, with potential new visitors. NYCkidsARTS will extend this work to students and families, linking them with the 400 arts organizations currently working in our public schools, as well as the hundreds more that offer performances, exhibitions, talks and tours in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.”
The flagship NYC-ARTS.org site provides comprehensive information on nearly 800 cultural organizations and their events, programs and activities. In-depth entries feature discounts, volunteer and donation information, interactive maps of what’s nearby, similar things to do and much more.
For families and educators, NYCkidsARTS.org, tailors information on cultural activities for children, including arts education programs that support teaching in many subject areas….