2013 County Initiative Program (CIP) Awards

The Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of regrant awards through the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP). Ten not-for-profit organizations in Greene County have been awarded $17,500 in funding in support of cultural programming and activities for 2013. 

The County Initiative Program (CIP) was established in 1983 to provide funding from the Greene County Legislature to major Greene County cultural institutions that offer quality professional services and programs. With invaluable support from the County, this funding continues to promote the development, growth and viability of major Greene County organizations.

Funding awards are competitive and are determined by a select panel of artists, arts professionals, and community members. Deepest appreciation goes to this year’s panelists for the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP) – Daniela Marino Goldberg, Marketing consultant, former director of Greene County Tourism; M.A. Tarpinian, Event planner & coordinator, former director MJQ Irish Cultural Center; Barbara Mattson, grant writer; John Sowle, Actor, playwright, theater director; and Tim Watkins, Artist & Designer. This year’s award process was challenging, and these panelists deserve a standing ovation for their hard work and dedication to the arts in Greene County. 


GCCA received requests from 10 cultural institutions totaling $45,828 – more than three times the amount of available regrant funds. Ten CIP awards were awarded as follows:

Bronck Museum of the Greene County Historical Society was awarded $2,050 to continue, expand and promote cultural, educational, and arts programming, including Music of History series, Heritage Craft Fair and Chilly Willy Tours.

Catskill Mountain Foundation, Inc. was awarded $2,750 toward artist fees and related costs for year-round performing arts programming, including dance, theater and music at the Doctorow Center for the Arts and the Orpheum Performing Arts Center.

Wave Farm was awarded $1,750 in support for WGXC, Hands-on Radio (90.7 FM), a creative community media project.

Horton By The Stream was awarded $550 in support toward artist fees for free summer professional staged readings of Horton Foote plays, with possibility of additional play by Foote’s daughter, Daisy Foote.

MJQ Irish Cultural & Sports Centre was awarded $1,450 in support for Irish Arts Week.

Music & Art Centre of Greene County was awarded $2,050 toward the 2013 season of summer concerts, classical music series and Ukrainian folk arts workshops at the Grazhda in Jewett Center.

Planet Arts was awarded $1,450 toward support for the 2013 Jazzone2one Series.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Cedar Grove in Catskill was awarded $2,150 in support for an exhibition of paintings of Albert Bierstadt, one of the most beloved and iconic artists of the 19th century, May 1 thru Nov. 3 at Catharine Beecher Memorial Gallery.

Windham Chamber Music Festival was awarded $2,250 in support for five concerts at the Windham Performing Arts Center in Windham.

Zadock Pratt Museum was awarded $1,050 in support for a full season of community and educational programs including “Kaaterskill Clove: Where Nature Met Art”, an exhibit focused on the history and ecology of the Kaaterskill Clove.

Congratulations again to these organizations that make such a difference in the quality of life in Greene County and the surrounding region. Please take a moment to thank the Greene County Legislature for its invaluable support through the Greene County Initiative Program. Write to Chairman Wayne Speenburgh., Greene County Legislature, 411 Main Street, P.O. Box 467, Catskill, NY 12414. Thank the legislature and let them know what these programs mean to you.