Community Arts Grants Awards Announced


Clarion Concerts Leaf Peepers Performance. One of many programs funded through the Community Arts Grants program. Photo by Blue Mesa Productions, 2012.


 Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of regrant awards through the Community Arts Grants Program for Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties (DEC). The three counties have been awarded $76,892 in funding in support of cultural programming and activities for 2013 and $7500 for three Individual Artist awards (one for each respective county).

The Community Arts Grants/Decentralization Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). This program provides support for local not-for-profit organizations and artists sponsored by these agencies. These funds are intended to reward programs with strong public components that directly benefit our local residents.  An additional $11,508 in State funds has been set aside for Arts Education programs in our tri-county region.   All funding awards are competitive and determined by a dedicated panel of local artists, arts professionals, and community members – each unaffiliated with applicant organizations.   

Columbia County received requests from 15 organizations totaling $36,634 – much more than the amount of available funding. Fourteen organizations received $25,355 for DEC Project Support, which includes organizations that act as a conduit (fiscal manager). They are: Clarion Concerts for a Baroque program for harpsichord, oboe and violin; first time applicant Columbia County Youth Bureau for Undercover Playground project with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company; Friends of Chatham Library for multidisciplary arts programs for youth; Friends of Taconic State Park & Sharon Powers for Winds in the Wilderness ensemble performances at Church of St John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls; Hudson Area Association Library for Community Stories local oral history project; Hudson Area Library & Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre for production of “The Fairy’s Tail” an original dance and theatrical production; Hudson Jazzworks for master class, pre-concert talk & improvisational jazz concert at Hudson Opera House; HRC/Showcase Theatre for staged readings of original plays; Hudson Valley Choral Society for musicians for 2013 concerts;  North Chatham Library for world percussion music with Brian Melick, Arm of the Sea Theater, Art of Astrophotography with Scott Nammacher and other notable offerings; Roving Actors Repertory Ensemble for production of full stage and orchestral productions; Uel Wade Music Scholarship, Inc & Bend the Knotted Oak for chamber music concerts with art & dialogue at St James Church in Chatham, Taconic Hills Performing Arts Center, and Camp Hill in Ghent; Valatie Community Theatre for Youth Theater productions and Valatie Free Library for Graphic Novel workshops for teens with Barbara Slade.

Greene Countyreceived 14 applications for requests totaling $31,054 – amount of available regrant funds. Thirteen organizations received $24,500 for Project Support which includes organizations that act as a conduit (fiscal managers) for artist-initiated projects. They are: Athens Cultural Center for multi-media historical and photography exhibits; Cairo Public Library for swing dance, songwriting, guitar, and other interactive programs, Cairo Library & Ruth Leonard for “River, Pond & Lake” outdoor painting workshops and exhibit; Catskill Community Center & Matt Bua/Laura Anderson for The Art of Play” sculptural play space; Catskill Public Library for teen creative writing workshop with Deborah Artman; Community of Windham Foundation & John Quinn for “There’s a Meeting Here Tonight” concert; D.R. Evarts Library for Dollmaking & Japanese Manga drawing programs; Heart of Catskill Association & David Woodin for classical concerts with professional and amateur musicians;  Love ‘N Care Pet Sanctuary & Margo Muller for children’s theater project; Town of Hunter & Kevin VanHentenryck for outdoor stone carving class and demonstration along Route 23 in Hunter; Town of Lexington & James Milton for a Civil War-themed theater production at the Orpheum; Town of Prattsville & Nancy Barton for art workshops & Art of Mudfest exhibition; Windham Arts Alliance for promotion and maps for Art Fest Studio Tours.

SchoharieCountyreceived requests from 16 organizations totaling $49,839 –more than twice the amount of available funding. Twelve organizations received $27,037 for DEC Project Support, which includes organizations that act as a conduit (fiscal manager). Funded projects include two mural projects, numerous musical performances and concert series (ranging from chamber to folk), a multi-discipline workshop, and theater as well as performances by the Mettawee River Theater and The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.

 They are: Community Christmas Chorus for a performance of Handel’s “Messiah”; Jefferson Historical Society for Maple Museum series featuring a capella performances by City of the Hills Sweet Adelines, Harmony Street doo-wap group, and other musical offerings; Landis Arboretum for Mettawee River Theater Performance; Richmondville Historical Society for Music at the Mill concerts; Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association for free summer children’s art camps; Upper Catskill String Quartet for American chamber music concerts; Village of Cobleskill for a community mural project; Village of Schoharie for dance and band concerts; Village of Sharon Springs for a mural project celebrating local history and agriculture; first time applicant Schoharie County ARC for Art Creation and Showcase program; Schoharie County Community Action & Schoharie Theater Project for comedy, drama & murder mystery productions; and first time applicant Schoharie County Youth Bureau for Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company outdoor performance.

The intent of these awards is to foster high quality, accessible cultural programs in our own backyard. Now more than ever, these individuals and organizations need your encouragement and patronage to keep the arts healthy and happening in your county. Please congratulate them on their achievements and show them you appreciate their efforts by participating in this outstanding medley of offerings.

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