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A.R.T./New York is the service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. Founded in 1973, A.R.T./New York assists its 250 member theatres in managing their companies effectively so they may realize their artistic visions and serve their audience well. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has earned a reputation as a leader in providing progressive services to its members - from shared office and rehearsal spaces, to the nation's only revolving loan fund for real estate, to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres - that have made our organization an expert in the needs of the Off and Off Off Broadway theatre community.
A.R.T./New York's programming falls into four categories: Management Training, Financial Services, Real Estate Projects, and Community Development and Advocacy.
MANAGEMENT TRAINING: For more than a decade, A.R.T./New York's management training programs have provided invaluable guidance to the emerging leaders of the not-for-profit theatre community. The scope of these programs is vast, with more than 1,300 individuals taking advantage of these services during the 2008-2009 season alone. Participants have gone on to play key roles some of New York's most influential arts organizations, and the companies represented have come to be some of the most successful to come out of New York today.
FINANCIAL SERVICES: A.R.T./New York's member theatres, especially the small and mid-sized companies, face a variety of challenges in securing funding from institutional contributors and financial institutions. In response to these challenges, A.R.T./New York offers three grant programs and two loan funds. Grant awards are determined by independent panels of theatre professionals, while all loan applications are reviewed by A.R.T./New York staff and the Board of Directors' Loan Committee. A.R.T./New York provides all applicants to its grant programs the opportunity to discuss the panel's feedback on their application, regardless of the success of their submission. This helps the organizations to hone their fundraising skills, making them more competitive as they pursue future funding opportunities.
REAL ESTATE PROJECTS: Another key concern for many small to mid-size arts organizations is how to secure affordable space in New York's competitive real estate market. A.R.T./New York currently provides 51,000 sq. ft. of low cost office and rehearsal space to the not-for-profit community. Approximately 17% of our total membership (43 theatres) has their permanent offices at one of A.R.T./New York's two facilities: South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and Spaces at 520, in Midtown Manhattan.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ARTS ADVOCACY: Equally important to the work A.R.T./New York does behind the scenes to strengthen its membership is the institution's public presence as it works to cultivate a broad, diverse, and informed audience for its member theatre companies. An advocate for the arts at the state and local levels, A.R.T./New York testifies at public hearings on issues that impact the theatre community, voicing concerns that otherwise would be left unheard.
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