GCCA Announces 2019 DEC Community Art Grants Awards in Three Counties

Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is pleased to announce that fifty-five (55) art grants have been awarded to Schoharie, Greene, and Columbia County artists and organizations. Grant decisions are made through the recommendation of a panel of artists and community members, with the approval of the GCCA Board of Directors.    Three categories of arts grants – Arts Education, Individual Artist and Community Project Support – were awarded through the GCCA’s Community Arts Grants Program funded by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.

A total of $126,000 was made available across the three counties for three grant categories.  In the Arts Education category, grants were awarded to the Gilboa Historical Society, Gilboa in support of Igniting Youth Leadership at the Gilboa Museum; Art School of Columbia County, Ghent in support of Water Ways: Life Patterns & Art-Making; Coarc, A Chapter of the Arc New York of Mellenville, Mellenville in support of Building Ability Through Art; Columbia County Youth Theatre (CCYT),  Chatham in support of CCYT Montgomery C. Smith After School Drama Club; Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale in support of  The Art of the Novel: A Graphic Novel Workshop Series; and EJA PTO, Athens in support of Bringing Stories to Life: Strings or No Strings That is the Question.

In the Individual Artist category, grants were awarded to Richmondville artist Dianna Cook, Hudson artist Ngonda Badila, and Palenville artist Dan Burkholder.

In the Community Project Support category, grants were awarded to Art School of Columbia County, Ghent in support of Art in the Library: an Outreach Program;  Athens Cultural Center, Athens in support of “Finding Your Inner Child”  and  “Homely”;  Cairo Development Foundation of Cairo in support of Metal art – community project – CDF Pocket Park;  Catskill Glee Club, Catskill in support of Catskill Glee Club 2019 Concert Series;  Catskill Maker Syndicate, Catskill in support of Kinetic-Interactive Sculpture;  Mark Ressl, Chantal VanWierts and Dina Burstyn, Catskill in support of Summer Art for All;  Ulrike Grannis and Barbara Slate, Chatham in support of Works on Paper: Ideas, Pages, Drawings, Books;  Classics on Hudson, Hudson in support of String Theory! Music for the Ages from Bach to Broadway;  Panther Creek Arts, West Fulton in support of Tiny Arts Day in a Tiny Town;  Durham Center Museum, East Durham in support of Durham Center Museum;  Esperance Historical Society, Esperance in support of Go Slowly, Averil;  Francesca Avani, Catskill in support of Bridge Street Belly Dance;  Horton by the Stream Theatre Co., Elka Park in support of Horton by the Stream Theatre – 25th Season;  Freehold Art Exchange with teacher Stephanie Dougherty, Freehold in support of Fix Your Effin’ Mend Pile!;  Friends of Clermont, Germantown in support of Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series;  Landis Arboretum, Esperance in support of Full Moon Music Series and Outdoor Theater at Landis;  Germantown Library, Germantown in support of Makerspace STEAM Programming;  Catskill Tri-County Historical Views, Gilboa in support of Catskill Tri-County Historical Views;  Heermance Memorial Library, Coxsackie in support of Creative Community Art Programs;  Hudson Area Library, Hudson in support of Music in the Stacks at Hudson Area Library;  Jefferson Historical Society, Jefferson in support of Maple Museum Free Music & More 2019;  Kaaterskill Actors Theater, West Kill in support of 2019 Season;  Hunter Stone Carving Seminar by Kevin VanHentenryck, HSCS Founder, Artist Instructor, Westkill in support of Hunter Stone Carving Seminar (FREE);  Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc., Sharon Springs in support of 2019 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival;  Luis Macia, Coxsackie in support of The Work Project;  Melissa Sarris, Chatham in support of Stitching Exchange;  Middleburgh Historical Society, Middleburgh in support of Signal flags used to broadcast telegraphed weather reports.;  North Chatham Free Library, North Chatham in support of Literature and the Arts;  Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, Hudson in support of Art on the Hudson River;  Jill Burkholder, Palenville in support of Hidden Gallery Walk;  DIATA DIATA INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORIC THEATRE, Hudson in support of Community theatre production of traditional folktale from China….  THE LITTLEST EMPRESS;  Tobi Farley, Philmont in support of A Living History of Philmont: A community memory project;  Music at the Mill, Richmondville in support of Music at the Mill;  The Upper Catskill String Quartet, Cobleskill in support of #1-Four  free summer concerts, #2- Free Masterworks of Music concert;  Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale in support of Adventures in Music at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library;  Sandra Dutton, Catskill in support of JAMOT:  Just a Matter of Time (the musical);  Children’s Summer Programs at Depot Lane, Schoharie in support of The Birth of Jazz – a Uniquely American Genre;  Schoharie County Historical Society, Schoharie in support of Music for Washington: Commemorating the 230th Anniversary of George Washington’s Inaugural;  Schoharie Free Library,  Schoharie in support of Schoharie Library Art, Music,  and Dance Series;  Schoharie Valley Singers, Cobleskill in support of Schoharie Valley Singers 2019 Season;  Sonny Ochs, Middleburgh in support of Not So Quiet Concert Series;  Theater Project of Schoharie County, Cobleskill in support of Theater Project of Schoharie County 2019 Season;  Timothy Murphy Playhouse, Middleburgh in support of Timothy Murphy Playhouse’s 24th Season;  Valatie Community Theatre, Inc., Valatie in support of Valatie Youth Theatre Program;  Blackdome Music, Windham in support of Blackdome Music Festival;  and Winds in the Wilderness Concerts, Copake Falls in support of Winds in the Wilderness Concerts.

As the 2019 season progresses be sure to check GCCA’s online Cultural Calendar at greenearts.org/additional-arts-culture-calendar/ and Schoharie County Calendar of Events. The Schoharie Calendar is available via email upon request by emailing schohariegrants@gmail.com. Many of these funded events are open to the public and welcome audiences of all ages The 2020 Grant Cycle will begin this summer with public seminars for individuals, groups, non-profits, artists and venues seeking information on how to apply for DEC Grant funding.  Anyone with questions about funding or who wishes to be notified about upcoming events should visit the “Grants” page on the GCCA website www.greenearts.org. For more information on this re-program serving Greene and Columbia counties contact Margaret Uhalde at margaret@greenearts.org. Schoharie Grants Coordinator Dennis Shaw at schohariegrants@gmail.com can answer questions for the re-grant program serving Schoharie County.

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