54 cubic ft.
Accession consists of various series documenting the activities of the Cultural Council Foundation's Artists Project. The various series contain material relating to the complex set of relationships between participants of the project and sponsoring organizations. Materials also document the activities of the Artists Project from its beginnings in 1977 through its end (ca. 1980) when the Comprehensive Employment Training Act funding was cut back. In addition to subject files and correspondence there are also photos, scrapbooks of newsclippings, CETA contract and other binders.
Under the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) responsibilityfor implementing manpower projects was placed at the local level. In NYCthis meant that proposals had to be submitted to the Dept. of Employment and approved by the Board of Estimate. The City determined that artist' jobs would be administered by the Cultural Council Foundation, a non-profit organization. The Foundation, in turn, would have several organizations as subcontractors, such as the Black Theatre Alliance and the Association of Hispanic Artists. Artists worked for sponsoring organizations, which were non-profit arts or social services organizations within the City where a residency, artistic service (such as a class or lecture/demonstration) or performance took place, or which had a work of public art placed on its site. As part of the Project, artists were allowed a weekly "studio day" in which they could develop their own work.
New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Employment. Cultural Council Foundation's Artist Project. Cultural Council Foundation's Artist Project, 1977-1980. NYC Municipal Archives.