New York's Media Arts Map Serves as Central Index for Flourishing Media, Tech Arts World

Version 3 of the New York State Council on the Arts' interactive map brings cohesion to what is otherwise an overwhelming number of projects and exhibits.

by / February 8, 2016

There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds combined, which makes keeping track of everything difficult. Enter New York’s recently announced Media Arts Map. Designed by the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Electronic Media and Film Program and managed by Wave Farm, the map includes everything media- and technology arts-related around the state — film festivals, media labs, libraries, art preservation societies, art foundations, workshops and museums — while calendars of research and funding opportunities keep New York art fans and artists connected.

“The New York Media Arts Map aligns with NYSCA’s commitment to serve New York state’s citizens and visitors and provide long-term, reliable support to broad initiatives that strengthen the arts, culture and heritage sector,” said Aby Rosen, chair of NYSCA, in a press release. “Aside from providing essential information on the state’s vast and varied media arts activities and opportunities, the map promotes connections and collaborations among these organizations to strengthen their programming and impact.”

The website also features a list of online discussion groups and a list of media arts consultants. Putting all the information in one places brings cohesion to what is otherwise an overwhelming number of projects and exhibits.

The map is driven by the Google Maps JavaScript API, which was selected for its flexibility and ubiquity, according to the website's about page.

“The Map is a powerful tool,” said Karen Helmerson, NYSCA Electronic Media, Film and Visual Arts Program director, in the release, “elegant in its simplicity and user-friendly interface. The Map quickly identifies and locates the remarkable talent within, and the great value of, this dynamic new artform.”