Thank you for joining us for our

Annual Potluck Award Ceremony!

Many thanks to our wonderful Grant recipients who made Wednesday nights’ award ceremony a fabulous celebration of Greene and Columbia County’s Artistic talent!  We celebrated with a packed house and so much delicious, artistically crafted food! Thank you!

GC Legislator Matt Luvera-Kay Stamer & Bill Deane 2 Carrie Dashow & Dawn Breeze IA Awards 2 Kevin VH 102 Beth Horton CCC and Sara

We enjoyed bringing the two counties together, and it sounds like you did too!

Many thanks to our lovely volunteers Natalie (R) and Donna (L), and The Catskill Community Center for hosting us!

Donna Christensen Volunteer 2 Natalie Charles Volunteer

2016 Community Art Grants Announced!

Greene County Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Community Arts Grants. The Community Arts Grants program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) through its Decentralization program. This program provides support for local not-for-profit organizations and artists working with community partners. These funds are intended to reward and bring growth to local programming with strong artistic merit directly benefiting our tri-county residents.

Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties have been awarded a total of $123,840 this year (an increase of 20%) through NYSCA. Re-grant monies have been dispersed as such: Arts Education (previously awarded) received $9,705, $7,500 has been allocated for each county to receive an Individual Artist Award of $2,500 each, and $107,635 has been awarded for Community Project Support amongst the tri-county area.

Greene County received 13 applications with requests totaling $44,265 – nearly $12,000 more than the amount of monies available. The funded proposals shared $32,300 for Project Support. Greene County received five new applicants.

Recipients are: The Athens Cultural Center on Second Street for Sculpture Garden at EJA and an exhibition: Fire., Catskill Community Center on Main Street Catskill for Graffiti Workshops and Mural, Catskill Glee Club for their Annual Winter and Spring Concerts, Catskill Maker Syndicate on West Bridge Street for the Catskill Mapping Project, Community of Windham Foundation for the You Are There: Lee & Grant Radio Play, Frontispiece Inc. in Coxsackie for their summer exhibition series, Horton by the Stream in Elka Park for The Road to the Graveyard or Dearest of Friends/Spring Dance, Hunter Stone Carving Seminar in Tannersville for its 10th Anniversary Season, Kaaterskill Actors Theater in West Kill for Scrooge and Sons, New Baltimore Conservancy for It’s Elementary: Lessons From the New Baltimore Schoolhouse, Prattsville Art Center on Main Street for Prattsville Art Workshops, Performances and Exhibitions, and the Treble Choraliers based in Palenville for their 2016 concert series.

The Greene County Individual Artist Award goes to Carrie Dashow for her project “Companion Planting, Natural and Social.”

Columbia County received 18 applications with requests totaling $55,938 – just over $10,000 more than the amount of monies available to redistribute. The funded proposals shared $45,205 for Project Support. Columbia County received two new applicants.

Recipients are: The Art School of Columbia County in Ghent for Art in the Library: A Pop-Up Program, Bend the Knotted Oak in Chatham for America the Beautiful: Part ll, Clarion Concerts in Copake for their Series of Leaf Pepper Concerts, Classics on the Hudson in Hudson for their Children’s Initiative 2016, Concerts In the Village in Kinderhook for their 2016 concert series, Friends of the Chatham Public Library on Woodbridge Avenue for their Arts in the Summer Reading Program 2016, Hudson River Classics (HRC) Showcase Theater in Claverack for Staged Readings of Five New Plays, Hudson Area Association Library on State Street for Teen Lab Media, Hudson Jazz Works in Hudson for Master Class with Chris Washburne, Pre-Concert Symposium and 10th Anniversary Concert of the Hudson Jazz Workshop, Hudson Valley Choral Society in Hillsdale, Jazz in GTown for its’ Series of Three Jazz Concerts in Germantown, Kinderhook Memorial Library on Hudson Street for Improv Workshop Series for Teen with MopCo Theater Company, North Chatham Free Library on Route 203 for its Literature and the Arts” Series, Artists and Friends Community Pot Luck Dinner based out of Philmont, Roving Actors’ Repertory Ensemble (RARE Inc.) in Copake for Chicago, Young Frankenstein and Multiple Small Productions, Valatie Community Theatre on Main Street for their Valatie Youth Theatre Program, Winds in the Wilderness in Copake Falls for their 2016 concert series, and Columbia County Youth Bureau on Railroad Avenue, Hudson for Undercover Playground Dance Performances.

The Columbia County individual Artist Award goes to Dawn Breeze for her project “Imagining HIStory through Ourstory.”

Schoharie County received 11 applications with requests totaling $44,850 – nearly $15,000 more than the amount of monies available to redistribute. The funded proposals shared $30,130 for Project Support. Schoharie County received three new applicants.

Recipients are: Deborah Hecht, Friends of Minekill for their 2016 music series, Jefferson Historical Society for The Maple Museum Free Music & More Series 2016, George Landis Arboretum for their Full Moon Music Series, Richmondville Historical Society, Schoharie Colonial Heritage Society for Sing, Dance & Perform, The Play’s the Thing, Italian Culture and Identity Through Music, Sonny Ochs for the Not So Quiet Concert Series, Theater Project of Schoharie County for 2016 Performance Season: A Few Good Men, Motherhood, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carol Burnett, and Musical Comedy Murders, Upper Catskill String Quartet for their 2016 concert series, and the Village of Cobleskill for Summer Strings Youth Ensemble.

The Schoharie County Individual Artist Award goes to Alyson Montione for “New Folktales from the Schoharie Valley.”

The intent of these awards is to foster high quality, accessible cultural programs in our own backyard.  Please congratulate these organizations and individuals on their dedication to excellence and show them you appreciate their efforts by participating in their exciting medley of 2015 offerings.

If you, your friends or family have participated in or enjoyed any of these programs, you know their immeasurable value. To help ensure future funding for these programs, please take a moment to write or call your State representatives and give them a hearty thank you for their support for the arts in New York State during this difficult economic climate and encourage them to continue their efforts. For information on the DEC grants program, please contact our Community Arts and Arts Education Grant Coordinator Margaret Uhalde at 943-3400 or at, or, for the Schoharie County Grant Coordinator contact Renee Nied at


Did you know these Community Art Grants are made available to us through NYSCA with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo? Be sure to send your thanks! This funding is a life line to many of our local events, fueling our regional talent and creative community outlets.

Help us show how grateful we are by sending your thank you’s to:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224


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