2012 Year End Report and Appeal

 “Promoting innovation, creativity, community partnerships and the enduring legacy of the arts.”

 December 3, 2012

 Dear Friends of the Arts:

 There’s  a joyful sound in Greene County – the sound of music and appreciative applause, of children’s voices immersed in creative play, of visitors impressed by the breadth and scope of the cultural and artistic offerings here in this part of the Hudson River Valley. We at the Greene County Council on the Arts are proud to be a continuing wellspring of support for this wonderful spirit of creativity, experimentation and artistic achievement.

 For 36 years, our presence has brought thousands of dollars in state and federal funds into the county in support of the arts, and our partnerships with the Greene County Legislature and local businesses have put local dollars to work keeping local arts healthy and vibrant. GCCA has nurtured artists in all disciplines throughout the county and the region and has been their stalwart advocate since the inception of many of the arts organizations that now grace Greene County with their presence.

 The year 2012 has been exciting and challenging. Our gallery shows included “Whale Oil to Whole Foods,” an extensive, ecology-based exhibit in two locations coordinated with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County and “Museum as Muse, Remembering the American Civil War” a commemorative exhibit produced in collaboration with the Greene County Historical Society and local historians.

 ”Golden Crowned Kinglet” by Portia Munson, from “Whale Oil to Whole Foods” Exhibit

Year two of Masters on Main Street, an innovative project on Catskill Main Street produced in conjunction with the Catskill Arts Initiative, once again brought fresh work from top art schools across the country to Catskill’s vacant store windows. In addition, “Wall Street to Main Street,” a thought provoking multi-faceted project, featured interactive events involving visitors and residents and “MARK on MAIN,” a collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts, showcased NYFA artists and provided free portfolio reviews with a team of experts.

 In February, we presented the second annual festival featuring film and video artists from MFA programs around the country at the Community Theater in Catskill. Next year’s festival is already in the works.

 Community Theater marquis announcing Catskill Film & Video Festival.

The year 2012 has also been yet another year of economic trauma as the financial storm begun in 2008 continues. Our state arts funding, usually received in the fall, is later than ever before and will not be available to us until early 2013. That’s why we’re sending you this letter, asking you to help us create a fund to put us on an even keel for 2013. A year end contribution benefits the arts, the Greene County community and your tax return. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Greene County Council on the Arts will be put to good use supporting the arts in our community.

 If you have visited the GCCA Catskill Gallery or seen a copy of Arts Alive, our bimonthly publication, you know the work we do providing opportunities and information for artists and the general public. Each year, we coordinate and mount five group shows in our 1st floor gallery and five solo shows in our 2nd floor gallery, where the work of artists and artisans can also be seen at The Artful Hand, our gift boutique. To complement our gallery exhibits, we offer special lectures, workshops and book signings throughout the year. Next year, we are planning a series of professional development workshops for artists and craftspeople.

 You may not be as aware that we also administer funds granted from the NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for arts organizations and individual artists. This year, NYSCA requested that we administer Community Arts & Arts Education Grants in Schoharie County along with our regular program management in Greene and Columbia counties. We also administer the County Initiative Program (CIP), a fund provided each year by the Greene County Legislature specifically for Greene County cultural organizations.

 Community programs for 2012 included our beloved Sprouts summer arts program for children ages 3 – 7. This year’s program, held in six communities, involved more than 300 Greene County children, 15 artist teachers and a whole host of student helpers.

 Many hands (all kinds) contribute to the creativity that is a hallmark for the Sprouts program.

We are able to maintain such a diverse array of programs and reach so many current and future artists through the generous support of you, our committed members and donors. We couldn’t do it without you. Won’t you consider an extra gift at year’s end? Please help us keep Greene County’s vibrant artistic community flourishing. And don’t hesitate to visit us at 398 Main St. in Catskill or on the web at our website: www.greenearts.org.

 Just click on the Donate button below and specify the amount of your gift. This year, we are pleased to announce that every donor will be entered into a raffle to win 2 lift tickets to Hunter Mountain and a limited edition poster created by David Slutzky from an 1857 oil painting by Hudson River School artist James Hope.

 Thank you so much and have a wonderful holiday season!      

 David Slutzky                                            Kay Stamer
President                                                         Executive Director