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Greene & Columbia Counties Annual Potluck Award Ceremony!

Many thanks to our wonderful Grant recipients who made the June 28, 2017 award ceremony a fabulous celebration of Greene and Columbia County’s Artistic talent!  A very special thank you to Galen Joseph-Hunter, Tom Roe and Echo Roe for hosting the event at Wave Farm (WGXC 90.7 FM) and as a live broadcast, too. Over 75 people were in attendance. We enjoyed bringing the awardees from two counties together and there was a lot of artistically crafted food, too! Thank you!



(Top to bottom) Nancy Barton of the Prattsville Arts Center accepts a certificate of achievement in the arts from Greene County Legislator representing Durham, Aidan O’Connor and GCCA Executive Director Kay Stamer. Elena Mosley of Operation Unite NY accepts a certificate of achievement in the arts from Bridget Lopez, representing Assemblyman Pete Lopez, Tony Stanish, who represented Senator George Amedore and Margaret Uhalde, GCCA Community Arts Grant Coordinator. GCCA Executive Director Kay Stamer and Bridget Lopez, representing Assemblyman Pete Lopez.  Greene County Legislator representing Durham, Aidan O’Connor, GCCA Executive Director Kay Stamer and Jim Planck who represented the Zadock Pratt Museum and Bronck Museum. A most appreciative and supporting audience! Wave Farm provided the perfect back-drop for the Awards Ceremony. Wave Farm hostesses Echo Roe and Galen Joseph-Hunter. The potluck buffet was extraordinary. A wonderful exchange and meeting!

The 2017 Community Art Grants are happening now!

Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) hosted its annual Awards Ceremony on June 28, 2017 honoring its re-grant program recipients from Greene and Columbia Counties for their extraordinary contribution to the arts on a local level. The event took place at Wave Farm, headquarters and studio for WGXC 90.7 FM, located along Route 23 in Acra, NY and was broadcast live at The early summer gathering was an exchange for those who received funding from the NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA)/Decentralization Community Arts Grants Program in Greene and Columbia Counties and the grantees who received funding through the Greene County Legislators’ County Initiative Program (CIP) for their projects and programs. Greene County Council on the Arts serves as administrator for these important re-grant programs which bring our tax dollars home and put them to work in our communities. These grants generate revenues locally of over 4 times the investment in grant funding.

The event allowed guests the opportunity to share their missions, ideas, projects and programs with one another. The cross-county celebration brought artists and art administrators together with County and New York State Legislative officials. GCCA, as an organization, makes significant efforts to act as a steward for the administration of public funds from Greene County and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to reach a broad and diverse audience in our rural communities.

Kay Stamer, GCCA Executive Director, and Margaret Uhalde, GCCA’s Community Arts Grant Coordinator, began the ceremony with an introduction of special guests including Greene County Legislator representing Durham, Aidan O’Connor, Bridget Lopez, representing Assemblyman Pete Lopez of the 102nd District, and Tony Stanish, who represented Senator George Amedore of the 46th District. Margaret Uhalde, read a congratulatory message from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Congressman John Faso, 19th District, sent congratulatory certificates for all of the awardees.

GCCA Board of Directors 1st Vice President William Deane and Board Members Liz Kirkhus and Laura Segall were also in attendance. Over 75 people traveled from the far corners of Greene and Columbia County to attend this special annual event.

Stamer introduced the recipients of The County Initiative Program (CIP) after sharing the following background information. “CIP” was created in 1983 by the Greene County Legislature to provide support to a handful of “major” arts organizations who shared $10,000. Prior to that time, professional arts organizations were opening and closing with alarming regularity.” Stamer continued “34 years later, Greene County’s support has grown to $30,000 with support in 2017 to 12 major not-for-profit organizations for cultural programming and the county is experiencing a cultural renaissance.” Aidan O’Connor helped present the certificates to the CIP grantees. Recipients included Wave Farm, who received a special thanks to hosts Galen Joseph-Hunter, Executive Director and Tom Roe, Artistic Director for lending their magnificent property for the event. Certificates were also presented to 23Arts Initiative, Tannersville, NY; Inter-Cities Performing Arts/Altamura Center for the Arts, Round Top, NY; Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, NY; Bronck Museum/Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie, NY; Catskill Mountain Foundation, Hunter NY; MJQ Irish Cultural & Sports Centre/Catskill Irish Art Week, East Durham, NY; Music & Art Centre of Greene County, Jewett, NY; Planet Arts, Catskill NY, Prattsville Art Center, Prattsville, NY; Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY; and the Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville, NY.

Margaret Uhalde shared insight on GCCA’s role administering the Community Arts Grants (or Decentralization) Program established in Greene County in 1986. Community Arts Grants represent funds from the NYS Council on the Arts that are administered by Greene County Council on the Arts. The program was established by the State legislature in the ‘70s as an effort to more equally distribute arts funding throughout NY State and enable decision-making responsibility locally.

Joining Ms. Uhalde on the podium were representatives of our State elected officials, Bridget Lopez for Assemblyman Pete Lopez, and Tony Stanish for Senator George Amedore.

Uhalde expressed to the attendees “The awards represent our communities and our amazing local talent. The Decentralization Grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from local and state government, and are your tax dollars at work in your communities!”

Through this program, GCCA offers three types of funding opportunities to Greene, Columbia and Schoharie County residents, which are Arts Education, Community Project Support, and Individual Artist Awards. Earlier in the season, GCCA’s Schoharie Arts Grants Coordinator, Renee Nied, held an awards ceremony in Esperance, NY.  

The Arts Education category received $15,126 (with 1,000 from Stewarts Shops) with support to the Art School of Columbia County, for Art & Intersections, Ghent, NY; Catskill Community Center, for GRANDS CAMP Intergenerational Portrait Project, Catskill, NY; COARC, the Columbia County Chapter of NYARC, Inc., for Building Ability Through Art; Edward J. Arthur Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, for Farm to Fabric and More, Hudson, NY; Germantown Student Education Foundation, for Memoirs of Place: Writing the Movie in Our Minds, Germantown, NY; and Operation Unite New York, Hudson, NY, for Choreophysics: Demonstrating Science Concepts through Dance taking place at Taconic Hills Central School District in Craryville, NY.

The Individual Artist Awards are given to one artist in each county in the amount of $2,500. They included Greene County recipient Jennie Allen and Columbia County recipient David MacDonald.

The Community Project Support category received $66,528 with The Columbia County Awards to Ancram Opera House, for Real People Real Stories; Art School of Columbia County, for Art in the Library: a Pop-Up Program; Bend the Knotted Oak, for 4 Musicians, 7 Hands; Chatham Public Library, for Chatham Library Ukulele Weekend Jamboree; Clarion Concerts in Columbia County, for Leaf Peeper Concerts in Copake; Classics on Hudson, for Explore Music Made by Very Young Composers; Columbia County Youth Bureau, for Undercover Playground in various locations over a two-day period; Concerts in the Village, for their 2017 season; Hudson Area Association Library, for Your Turn, a collaborative art project; Hudson Jazzworks, Inc., for their Master class, pre-concert meet and the artists talk and concert; Hudson River Classics, for HRC Showcase Theatre; Hudson Valley Choral Society, for their Spring and Winter concerts; Jazz in GTown, for their concert series; Kingdom Arts Ministry, for the Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner; Kite’s Nest, for the Neighborhood Mural Project; Melissa Sarris, for Sewn Together: Quilts, Incarceration, and Community; North Chatham Free Library, for Literature and the Arts; Operation Unite New York, for the Rhythm for Life Experience; Roving Actors’ Repertory Ensemble, for Rumors, Peter Pan, and multiple small productions; Valatie Community Theatre, for the Valatie Youth Theatre Program and Winds in the Wilderness Concerts for their 2017 season.

The Greene County recipients included Athens Cultural Center, Inc., for A Declaration of Sentiments: Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York; Cairo Public Library, for Paintings Based on the Fibonnaci Number Sequence; Catskill Community Center, for Summer Arts Enrichment Camp; Catskill Glee Club, for their Annual Winter and Spring concerts; Friends of Beattie-Powers, for Classics for Trio and Classical Jazz; Heermance Memorial Library, for Drawing and Painting Opportunities; Horton by the Stream Theatre Co., for their 23rd season; Hunter Stone Carving Seminar; Freehold Art Exchange, for Tiny Books, Big Ideas; New Baltimore Conservancy, for Art Workshops at Scenic Hudson’s Longview Park; Treble Choraliers, for their concert series and Windham Arts Alliance, for Art Fest 2017.

The evening concluded with a round of applause for the recipients and closing remarks by Uhalde who thanked everyone for their involvement in the arts and their commitment presenting all art forms, incorporating the arts, history, culture and a connection between the arts and residents of our cross-county communities. She also thanked all for their sharing their passion for the arts and their unique role in making the multitude of programs accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Schoharie Arts Grants Award Ceremony

Some of the FY17 grant recipients were in attendance at the recent Schoharie County Community Arts Grants Award Ceremony. Schoharie Arts Grants Coordinator Renee Nied shares her great spirit and signature smile (back row and 6th from the left)!

The Schoharie County Grant Award Reception was held on April 6, 2017 and in keeping with the tradition of pairing artists and producers with small businesses, a dessert buffet was convened at CeCe’s Wool Farm Store in Esperance located at 169 Main Street on Route 20. With public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Schoharie County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund, these awards help create affordable arts and cultural events throughout Schoharie County.

Recipients of 2017 grants are Individual Artist, Neil Driscoll; Arts Education, West Fulton Puppet Festival, and Project Support Grants are awarded to Deborah Hecht, Depot Lane Singers, George Landis Arboretum, Greg Zeh, Jefferson Historical Society, Richmondville Historical Society, Schoharie Colonial Heritage Society, Sharon Joint Youth Commission, Sonny Ochs, Theater Project of Schoharie County, Upper Catskill String Quartet and the West Fulton Puppet Festival.

The guest speaker was Sonny Ochs who, on the eve of her 80th birthday, discussed the importance of saying “yes.”  “If it’s not illegal, and it doesn’t hurt anyone, say yes to every opportunity you can,” she advised.

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 2017 programs.

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

For more information about Greene County Council on the Arts and its exhibits, programs, services, special events, grants programs and more visit or call 518-943-3400. The Greene County Council on the Arts and Catskill Gallery are located at 398 Main Street in Catskill, NY.


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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