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Michael Royce (NYFA) on a curator trip to Czech Republic

Congratulations to Michael L. Royce, who has been named the inaugural recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award and is going to Prague on a curator's trip!

Baltimore, MD - April 14, 2018 - Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced that Michael L. Royce has been named the inaugural recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award (ACLA). Named after MAAF's Executive Director from 1994 through April 2017, the Award honors an arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region.

Michael Royce, the Executive Director of New York Foundation For The Arts (NYFA), will be visit Prague for the purpose of exploring dialogues with curators of museums, galleries, and other places where exhibitions take place in order to develop an international dialogue around exhibiting a show in the gallery of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a highly visited Brooklyn based arts organization, of Czech artists and/or developing an international program for visiting curators of the Czech Republic. Both exhibitions from countries outside the United States and a visiting curators program have already occurred through NYFA with Guatemala, Ireland and China, and it is my wish to continue our international collaborations by adding the Czech Republic to our activities.



January 2006 to present (New York, New York)
Executive Director  – Lead all aspects for this philanthropic arts organization devoted to supporting individual artists, emerging cultural leaders and innovative artist-led projects. Manage this 30-person team to deliver widely recognized exhibitions and programming and continue growing from a statewide service organization to a national/international one.

Key Curatorial Consulting Exhibitions:  
Big Screen Plaza, Bloomberg, Booz & Company, Bravo (Real Housewives) chasama, Clinton Global Initiative, DUMBO Arts Festival, Egon Zhender International, Fahrenheit 212, HGTV (Selling New York), Jordon Winery, McKinsey & Company, Patron, Pfizer, Warburg Realty, Governor’s Island Art Fair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockport, and JC Penny

Invited Guest of the following for Collaborative Discussions on Innovative Exhibitions:
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Arts Council England, Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin, Consulate of Netherlands, Costa Rica-North American Cultural Center, Chinese Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Estoril Conference in Portugal, Instituto Guatemalteco Americano in Guatemala, and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Implemented International Curatorial Training Program:
Initiated, developed, and executed a two month curatorial mentoring program for 25 curators from China to train with New York City based curators over a two month period of time by establishing a memorandum of understanding with the China Federation of Literary & Art Circles.

Key Program Accomplishments:  
Developed entrepreneurial artist training programs – from creating curriculums to creating educational tools, including publishing The Profitable Artist, # 1 selling book on Amazon 2011; from creating mentoring programs for immigrant/refugee artists to creating incubation/acceleration services for nonprofit & for profit arts organizations; from driving entry into new international markets such as Costa Rica, Ireland, Guatemala to consulting for the Chinese Bureau for External Cultural Relations to set up the China National Arts Fund.

Recent Organizational Recognition:
Digital, NYC a tech/start up digital magazine highlighted NYFA for its work in the entrepreneurial sector: 2017
Time Out New York named NYFA as one of their top 10 NYC organizations that make living in New York City a better place: 2017

Member of the NYS Arts Blue Ribbon Commission
Co-Chair of the Individual Artists Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts (2010-2012)
Former Director for the Boards of the: Art Directors Club, Jersey City Museum (secretary), Rebecca Kelly Ballet, 34th Street Partnership, and New York Council of Nonprofits
Panelist on many funding organizations, including the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the New Jersey State Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Korean Cultural Service, and the CODA Awards, among others.
Received Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his contributions to the arts
Adjunct Professor for Baruch College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (1999)
On-Site Evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts (1993-2008)