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Mercy Home awarded $99,000 grant over two years by the New York State Council on the Arts

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Pictured above: Oil based painting created by Linda, Mercy Home resident

Brooklyn/NY – Mercy Home announced today grant awards totaling $99,000 from the New York State Council of 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.

Governor Kathy Hochul said "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," Governor 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."

Mara Manus said “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 Mercy Home will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”

Katherine Nicholls said “Council congratulates Mercy Home on their grant award! New York State arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region,” said Katherine Nicholls, Chair, NYSCA. “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.”

“We are thrilled to be able to enrich and expand our JustImagine! and Gifted Artists programs. I’ve seen how these collaborations cultivate independence and build friendships while creating amazing art.” – Janice Aris, Executive Director. These programs encourage meaningful collaborations between artists with autism or other developmental disabilities and typically developed artists while offering individuals an opportunity to focus on their craft. 

For more information on Mercy Home and JustImagine and Gifted Artists programs, please contact or visit our website at

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