GCCA Announces 2018 Cultural Fund Awards Through the County Initiative Program (CIP)

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 $26,000 in funding in support of cultural programming and activities for 2018.

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). Our five panelists were: Deborah Allen, former Publisher of Black Dome Press, Hensonville; Christine Hughes, Visual Artist, Ravena; Peter Keitel, Formerly SUNY Albany Assistant Director of  Financial Aid and Program Associate at State Education Department, Visual Artist, Greenville; Deena Lebow, Creator NY Communal Table-Art+Talk+Food & Blog; Catskill; and David Woodin, Attorney, Former Conductor of Catskill Community Orchestra; Catskill. The panel spent just over three hours jointly reviewing and discussing the ten applications and comparing them against the criteria before making their recommendations. Requests for funding exceeded available regrant monies by over $11,900. Final recommendations for funding were reached through clear consensus on January 24, 2018. This year’s award process was challenging, and GCCA is extremely grateful to these panelists for their hard work and dedication to the arts in Greene County.

The Greene County Council on the Arts congratulates all grant recipients. The intent of these awards is to ensure a wide range of exciting, high caliber, and innovative cultural programs for our communities. The activities of these organizations provide a positive and substantial impact on local economies and on the quality of our lives. The GCCA and the Greene County Legislature are committed to the continuation of quality arts programming and related activities for the benefit of our residents and visitors. Please keep these organizations in mind when planning activities and check local media sources for latest information on up-coming events


GCCA received requests from ten cultural institutions totaling $37,900 – $11,900 more than the amount of available regrant funds. Ten CIP awards were awarded as follows:

23Arts Inititative (DBA)-Friends of Tannerville was awarded $2,650 in support for its second annual Jazz in the Snow winter series, providng a total of five mountain top artist visits to schools and free evening performances at Mountain Top Library from January-March 2018 in Tannersville, NY. Bridge Street Theatre, Inc. was awarded $3,240 for general opperating support to assist in continuing to present theatre, art events and musical productions, which include original productions created by BST artistic team and outside presenters, bringng relevant and affordable theatre to diverse audiences. Bronck Museum of the Greene County Historical Society was awarded $2,510 to continue, expand and promote cultural, educational, arts programming, including devloping its Music of History series, Heritage Craft Fair and Chilly Willy Tours.  Catskill Mountain Foundation, Inc. was awarded $3,310 for its year-round performing arts programming, now celebrating its 20th season, of dance, theater,classical, jazz/bluse/pop and folk music and family performances and support for artists in residence free outreach programs for local schools and community events. Music & Art Centre of Greene County was awarded $2,720 in support for six to eight (6-8) Summer Concerts featuring live performances featuring national and international distinguished musicians and rising young performers in the Classical Music Series and offering traditional Ukrainian folk arts workshops for adult and children. Planet Arts was awarded $1,370 toward support for Music Mix Initiative which includes one2one jazz series and Tone Structure Lab project. Develop new workshop series, “Navigating the Global Music Marketplace,” for artist in all music genres dealing with industry perspectives. Programs will take place at Beattie-Powers Place and Catskill Community Center. Prattsville Art Center was awarded $1,800 in support for the Next Generation Art Project to establish an expanded public program offering visual arts and installations, music and dance programs March-September 2018 by providng local residents with free access to the arts. Project is a collaboration between four Teaching/Artists interns and young local residents with the goal of building leadership skill and service to the community. Students & Artist/Teachers will be included in “Headed for the Hills” music and art festival in August 2018. Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Cedar Grove in Catskill was awarded $3,380 in support for its 2018 exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s trans Atlantic Inheritance” in collaboration with the Yale Center for  British Art. Projects and activities include an exhibition catalog, lectures, creation of a children book exploring themes related directly to the exhibitions, both guided and self guided hikes, website and audio tours. Wave Farm was awarded $3,180 in support for Wave Farm Residency Program providing artists with space and resources to create new transmission art works and then conduct multiple public programs including workshops, exhibits/events and broadcasts that are also to be streamed online and partnering with Town of Catskill town meetings and HiLo Catskil live performances to reach more audiences. Zadock Pratt Museum was awarded $2,020 for operating support for a full season of community and educational programs for all ages including the exhibit “The Three Amos Hamlins” the story of three artists who were also father, son and cousin. The exhibit will coincide with a speaker series nad other public events.

Congratulations again to these ten not for profit cultural 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 Kevin Lewis, 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.


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