Arts, Culture, and Humanities

New York Live Arts, Inc.

New York, NY


NewYork Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit.

We are an institution with an unequivocal commitment to supporting the creative identities of people living together in creative community. We provide much-needed resources to artists at every stage of their career, in a world where funding for the arts is increasingly reliant on the generosity of individuals.

We enable the creation of work by Artists at every level: from emerging talent being seen for the first time, to the mid-career artists who will be our next great masters. We foster artists who participate courageously in the world of ideas and ask difficult questions.

We believe the artist plays a distinct role as a witness to truth, by participating in free speech and expression that often comes at personal risk. We believe that live art has the ability to create communities, confluences, and platforms for the exchange of ideas.

We are living in a critical moment in which the social, political, and cultural tides are changing and these challenging times call on us to convene in a central place devoted to bringing people together in exploration of our common values.

With all that is happening globally and within our borders, we believe even more in our vision to be a conduit for engagement through the arts. The repertoire we present and the conversations we host, work to address themes spanning personal and communal responsibility, racism, gender equality, and civil liberties.

We are asking those who share our values to join us as we build the community of this important space for live gathering in the heart of New York City and to continue to elevate live performance – an act that has the power to remind us what humans are capable of.

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Executive Director & CEO

Ms. Kim Cullen

Artistic Director

Mr. Bill T. Jones

Main Address

New York Live Arts 219 West 19th Street

New York, NY 10011 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Dance (A62)

Management & Technical Assistance (A02)

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I. Create a place that is pulsating with artistic vigor and energy. Develop a five- year artistic planning cycle, which will identify key artists and possible funding and partnership possibilities. Increase the local, national and international “radiance" of the institution through the planning process. Serve as a producer as well as a presenter and do so in a world class manner. This drive to detail will show itself to our community of peers, the artistic community and ultimately to our patrons.

II. Ensure a financially secure and properly capitalized institution that can support current programs and projected programmatic growth.

III. Become an internationally recognized destination for innovative and exceptional movement-based artistry, achieving more widespread acclaim, and recognition as a global cultural organization.

New York Live Arts was formed in 2011 by the merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Inspired by the legacies of Mr. Jones and the 45-year history of Dance Theater Workshop as a leader in the field, New York Live Arts is a vibrant hub of contemporary dance and movement-based experimentation, offering audiences meaningful experiences that are both thought provoking and intimate.

Leading and managing the growth of New York Live Arts are Jean Davidson, the Chief Executive, and Richard H. Levy, Chair. New York Live Arts has a 21-person governing Board of Directors, 22-person Advisory Council, currently employs over 50 full and part-time staff and works with nearly 100 volunteers. Senior staff members at New York Live Arts are national leaders in their fields; our senior staff members have held positions at the American Conservatory Theater, American Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Foundation For the Arts, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal and The Wexner Center.

Our annual budget is in excess of $ 6 million, with approximately one-third of our income from earned revenue, and two-thirds from contributed revenue from fundraising. New York Live Arts' building is fully accessible to people with disabilities, and New York Live Arts is firmly committed to equal opportunities for staff, students, artists and users of our building and services.

Our new five-year plan takes us through 2017 and beyond. We are planning from a sound financial position – including an operating cash reserve and a building reserve of close to $1 million, strong relationships with key funding partners and a recently completed studio renovation expanding our capacity for programming.

We have an expanding number of partners with whom we work including, but not limited to: Arizona State University, Bard College, Barnard College, The Invisible Dog, Kaatsbaan, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), Montclair State University, Museum of Arts and Design, The New School, New York State DanceForce, 651 Arts, P.S.122, SUNY Purchase, Ellen Robbins, Skidmore College, YoungArts and Urban Word NYC.

Across all our areas of activity –performance, creation and participation – we aim to be a home for courageous, inclusive and inventive live art that is vital to the cultural fabric of New York, the U.S. and beyond. With a commitment to excellence, innovation and diversity, we continue to enrich the human experience through dance and live art.

Programs are evaluated by the successful completion of diverse criteria, including attracting new audiences to its performances, engaging those audiences through innovative engagement activities and stewarding successful strategic partnerships. The success of each program is measured individually by conducting internal, external and anecdotal self-assessment and soliciting feedback from all vested parties. Feedback includes: audience surveys, technical assistance from funders and consultants, interviews and ongoing discussions with community partners and post-performance discussions about the work.

The degree to which New York Live Arts achieves its goals for producing and presenting is monitored and assessed through two types of analysis: quantitatively by art work presented and audience cultivation; and qualitatively by artist and audience satisfaction.
The quantitative analysis is satisfied through the mounting of new and re-staged works. Reviews, box office sales, and audience commentary are important cues in gauging success.

The qualitative analysis consists of two rounds for each artist/company. After initial meetings with the Artistic Director, an orientation meeting is later held with the Programming/Production and Marketing departments during the planning phase and a performance evaluation, either in-person or written, with the Programming department following the completion of their performance engagement or residency.

New York Live Arts assesses artist satisfaction with their presentation or residency experience and integrates artist feedback into the planning of future programs. The Artistic Director likewise meets with each artists upon conclusion of their performance run in order to hear firsthand the artist's experience as well as to discuss and if requested advise on the artist's next activities and projects.

For audience development, analysis consists of surveys distributed to audience members to obtain demographic information.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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