March 2000

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


March 2000

New York Foundation for the Arts
New York, NY

Knowledge in Technology

Founded in 1971, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a comprehensive arts service organization serving individuals and communities in New York State and the nation. As a leader in the nonprofit arts community, NYFA has a particularly strong tie to small and mid-sized groups through distinct programs that identify, strengthen and preserve community-based projects and insure that nonprofit groups are given the opportunity to develop independently. In addition to its work in the nonprofit community, NYFA strives to bring forward innovations in technology that will advance public understanding and inspire lifelong interest in the arts.

Under the auspices of NYFA, the Knowledge in Technology (KIT) pilot is a program of Arts Wire, NYFA’s online communications project. KIT is an initiative that helps small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations stay on track as technology changes. Through workshops, technical assistance, and an online magazine, the field receives expert professional assistance at reasonable cost. The technological age demands constant professional development. Routine maintenance is often beyond the financial capability of small nonprofit organizations. KIT offers nonprofit arts administrators (and especially those organizations with fewer resources) a means to improve daily operations while ensuring that information technology evolves as a meaningful part of the cultural sector’s infrastructure.