Arts Education Partnership Grants Announces Awards

Published on April 6, 2014

Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA), in partnership with Questar III, is proud to announce the following Arts Education grant awards for the 2013-2014 school year. $16,000 in awards was made possible with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts and corporate sponsor Stewart Shops Holiday Match. Programs are administered by GCCA for Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties and reflect a true planning and fiscal partnership between artists/arts organizations and local schools. The competitive review process supports imaginative, in depth, arts-based projects for K-12 public school students that include three or more contact sessions with the same core group of students. Requests also frequently reflect cross-disciplinary collaborations between classroom teachers and performance, music, literary, folk and/or visual artists.  The following awards were recommended in accordance with NYSCA guidelines and approved by the GCCA Board of Directors.  

In Columbia County:

  • John Farrell & Taconic Hills Elementary - $2605 for Where We Live: Learning Around the World, a multidisciplinary project with Farrell and students and teachers from MukwashiTrustSchool in Zambia to create an informative collaborative video.  Grade 3 students will investigate music, art, songwriting, writing, and videography, as well as discover the differences and similarities they share with their Zambia school partners.
  • Valatie Free Library & Ichabod Crane Elementary – $2500 in support of Storytelling Life Moments to Develop Personal Cultural Awareness and Prevent Bullying for grades 4 & 5.  In this eight session program, professional storyteller Marni Gillard will engage students in the practice of dramatic storytelling and polishing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Valatie Free Library & Ichabod Crane Elementary – $2500 for Words that Move Us, a workshop series with Ulster County based dancer-educator Susan Griss for grade 2.  Words will employ elements of dance and movement to increase reading comprehension skills in addition to exploring dance as a language for communication. 

  In Greene County:

  • Athens Cultural Center & E.J. Arthur Elementary - $850 in support of Playing with the Fables: Interpreting Aesop’s Fables through Toy Puppet Theater, a multi-disciplinary project of writing, visual arts and performance for grade 3 with Chantal Van Wierts of Magic Lantern Puppets. Students were introduced to the history of toy theater and collaborated in small groups to produce their own short puppet play.  The plays were presented at the Rivertown Senior Center in Athens on April 10. 
  • Catskill Rotary & Catskill Elementary - $2675 in support of Early Literacy Through Stories & Songs for Kindergarten.  Musician/Songwriter John Farrell and nonprofit Bridges of Peace and Hope will lead the students in writing and illustrating original songs and stories through onsite workshops and teleconference collaborations with students at SunsetElementary School in Craig, Colorado.  The completed stories will be shared with students and teachers in Zambia, Africa.  
  • Catskill Community Center & Cairo-Durham High School - $750 in support of Utopian Visions, a design, writing, and sound recording project investigating social and societal relationships for Grade 12 with Catskill-based teaching artist Laura Anderson.  Culminating “visions” will be shared with the community on “Kids Brain Radio, a youth only radio show on WGXC. 
  • Ruth Leonard & Catskill Elementary – $3250 in support of Flora & Fauna Murals, a biological and artistic exploration of the RamsHorn Livingston Preserve ecosystem in Catskill for grade 5.  Students investigated the five biomes of the Preserve with Leonard and naturalist Larry Federman and visually interpreted their discoveries in several large murals using collage, painting, and drawing.  The murals are on display at Catskill Elementary. 

 In SchoharieCounty:  

  • Morgan Kelly & Middleburgh Elementary – $870 for Parade Puppets in Middleburgh, a 6-week residency in which grade 3 students will design and construct large scale paper mache puppets based on two themes selected from the 3rd grade curriculum.  Project will involve literacy, storytelling, biology and ecology and be led by Morgan Kelly, a professional teaching artist and puppet builder since 2006.

If you are a local teaching artist, or a school that would like to apply for 2014 fall or 2015 spring funding, this is the time to start the process.  The Arts Ed grant review cycle HAS changed.  The deadline for the next round of applications will be mid-July, 2014.   For information on the awarded programs or to discuss a potential artist/school partnership for the 2014-15 school year, visit our website or contact Community Arts and Arts Education Grants Director Colette Lemmon at 518-943-3400 or