May 2009 - NEA and NYSCA Grants awarded to Art Spaces Archives Project

The National Endowment for the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts have both awarded the Art Spaces Archives Project with substantial funding in support of projects relating to archiving alternative and avant-garde arts organizations throughout the United States.

May 2009
NEA and NYSCA Grants awarded to Art Spaces Archives Project

Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP] is pleased to announce that it has received two substantial grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] and the New York State Council on the Arts [NYSCA]. The NEA grant was awarded in the category of Access to Artistic Excellence in the field of visual arts, in order to support the assessment of collections and the archival needs of organizations in the alternative arts movement. The NYSCA grant is intended to provide funding for projects relating to the compilation of oral histories surrounding living and defunct non-profit spaces of the alternative and avant-garde movement from the 1950’s to the present throughout the USA.

About Art Spaces Archives Project [AS-AP]

AS-AP is a non-profit initiative founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts [NYSCA], New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. With funding provided by NYSCA, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, AS-AP has a mandate to help preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the "alternative" or "avant-garde" movements of the 1950s to the present by compiling a national index of alternative arts spaces, assessing preservation needs, and helping to establish best practices for contemporary art related archives. AS-AP's website,, serves as an online resource for information pertaining to collections and repositories containing the archives of the avant-garde, tools to assist in archiving, and other aids for scholars interested in alternative or avant-garde movements.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies

In January 2007 AS-AP merged with the [Center for Curatorial Studies] at Bard. CCS Bard is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the newly inaugurated Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archive that are accessible to the general public. The Center's two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students' understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the collection also serve as the basis for a wide-range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.


For more information please contact Ann Butler, Project Director, AS-AP, or call 845.758.7566