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Creatives Rebuild New York's Artist Employment Program

Andrea Arroyo to Work in Partnership with Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders as Recipients of Creatives Rebuild New York's Artist Employment Program

Andrea Arroyo Art As Solidarity Exhibition at the Hispanic Society Museum and Library. Photo by Andrea Arroyo.


New York, NY—Andrea Arroyo and Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders (MexCulture) announced today that they received an Artist Employment Program (AEP) grant from Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY). Designed to support employment opportunities for artists, the program is funding 98 collaborations involving a dynamic group of 300 artists employed by community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across New York State. CRNY has awarded a total of $49.9M in funding to support artists' salaries and benefits, with an additional $11.7M in funding provided to the organizations holding employment.


"If we are to truly rebuild our amazing state, we must celebrate artists' contributions not only to the economy but to what makes us human," says Creatives Rebuild New York's Executive Director Sarah Calderon. "The incredible work being funded through CRNY's Artist Employment Program underscores the importance of direct support for both individual artists and the organizations that hold their employment."


Andrea Arroyo will work with MexCulture to offer a host of bilingual programs and cultivate partnerships with community organizations and institutions around the city. Activities include art workshops, professional development for emerging artists, public exhibitions, memory circles, culture walks, and an online directory of Mexican culture makers. MexCulture will receive $218,000 to support the collaboration, including artists' salaries and benefits.


Andrea Arroyo and MexCulture are thrilled to embark in this new creative collaboration that will include a variety of programs that use art engagement as a tool of social change.


Artist Employment Program recipients were selected through a two-stage process by a group of twenty external peer reviewers alongside CRNY staff. From an initial pool of over 2,700 written applications, 167 were shortlisted for interviews with reviewers. To view the list of 98 Artist Employment Program participants, visit https://www.creativesrebuildny.org/participants/.

For more information about Creatives Rebuild New York's Artist Employment Program, please visit creativesrebuildny.org.

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