(Southampton, New York… January 2022) Southampton Arts Center [SAC – southamptonartscenter.org] has received a grant award in the amount of $49,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for FY2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June 2021. This grant will support SAC’s 2022 overall operations, including the presentation of five exhibitions and more than 175 programs.

“’Community building through the arts’ is not just our mission statement,” shares SAC executive director Tom Dunn. “As an arts and culture center with a view toward being an inviting, inclusive space, our mission mandates reaching and connecting with individuals from diverse backgrounds, identities, and abilities to experience art in an unintimidating setting. SAC is a place for everyone, all the time. This NYSCA grant award is critical to keeping institutions like ours thriving at a time when communities need them the most.”

In 2021, SAC presented six exhibitions with 872 works on view, featured 391 artists, and partnered with 108 organizations to present more than 175 programs with and for our community, serving approximately 45,000 visitors. With support from the NYSCA grant, donors, and sponsors, SAC aims to strengthen their mission and offerings in 2022.

“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can help this industry thrive once again,” New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said. “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.”

“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change and Southampton Arts Center will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, NYSCA executive director. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”

“NYSCA congratulates Southampton Arts Center on their grant award. New York State arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region,” said NYSCA chair Katherine Nicholls. “Arts and culture are crucial to our state’s health, and Council recognizes the dynamic impact of NYSCA grantees on the well-being of all New Yorkers.”

SAC continues to follow all New York State and CDC guidelines for all programs and events. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for all events in the theatre. Masks are required in the galleries and in the theatre.


Select Southampton Arts Center programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. OUTCROPPING – Indigenous Art Now opens February 4. The presenting sponsor of the exhibition is Ingrid Arneberg, with support from exclusive media partner The Southampton Press. FILM @ SAC is sponsored by Brown Harris Stevens. KIDS @ SAC is sponsored by Investors Bank. Additional support comes from Southampton Bath and Tennis Club. Financial Literacy Partner: J.P. Morgan Private Bank. General operating support is provided by Bank of America.



Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts. We present and produce inspiring, inclusive, socially and regionally relevant programs across all disciplines – welcoming, connecting, and collaborating with the diverse members of New York’s East End community and beyond. SAC is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York 11968, visit southamptonartscenter.org or call 631.283.0967. Follow SAC on Facebook and Instagram @southamptonartscenter. 



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