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Meet Dennis Shaw, Coordinator Community Arts Grants, Schoharie County

Dennis Shaw

Please meet Dennis Shaw, GCCA’s new Coordinator Community Arts Grants for Schoharie County.

Dennis writes, “Renee, my good friend and associate in the arts, stepped down from her position as Community Arts Grants Coordinator for Schoharie County to move to Vermont. My first reaction when I heard the announcement was shock. I worked with Renee through the Greene County Council on the Arts and before that the Schoharie County Council on the Arts for many years. In addition I was the recipient of two Individual Artist Grants and three Community Project Support Grants, so I had the opportunity to work closely with Renee.

For the past nine years I wrote the grant application for the Richmondville Historical Society’s Music at the Mill Summer Concert Series, which I also produced, and through all that time Renee was always there to encourage, correct and push when necessary to get me and many others to meet the grant deadlines on time. I can’t express how much respect and appreciation I have for all she has done for the artists residing in Schoharie County.”

Dennis continues, “After the shock of Renee moving wore off and the notices for the Coordinator Community Arts Grants, Schoharie were posted I realized this might not only be a position I would enjoy and be challenged by, but one that I have experience in and am qualified. So here I am, much to learn, but determined that I will make the same commitment those who came before me. I will continue to assist the many Schoharie County artists seeking support through the Community Arts Grant Program so they will receive the promotion and recognition they deserve.”

Dennis and his wife, Posie, reside in Richmondville, NY where he is the owner/operator of Shaw Video Productions. He currently is on the Board of Directors of Theater Project of Schoharie County, Richmondville Historical Society and serves on the Village Of Richmondville Planning Board.

As the new Schoharie County Community Arts Grants Coordinator working for the Greene County Council on the Arts through their NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) Decentralization Grants Program, Dennis Shaw can be reached at or at 518-294-3265.


Schoharie County Arts Education 2018 Funding Announced

 Before her move to Vermont, former Schoharie Grant Coordinator, Renee Nied, met with a panel on October 22, 2017 and reviewed three applications for funding through the Arts Education tier of the NYSCA Decentralization Community Arts Grants Program in Schoharie County administered by Greene County Council on the Arts. Panel members included Anne Schwed, visual artist and the former DEC Coordinator for Roxbury Arts Group, Jennifer Stinson, a potter who is active in school and community and Julia Walter, a thespian and profession mime.

New applicant Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School Friends of Music was awarded $2700 in support for the Schoharie County Summer Student String Performance Project. With only one public school in Schoharie County offering string instruction as part of the music curriculum, this proposal offered more advanced student string players the opportunity to receive professional instruction, meet and play with other advanced players which culminates in a rehearsal and performance with a professional orchestra.  The project will include four “hands-on” sessions.

Magpie, also a new applicant, was awarded $1598 in support for Living Planet-In My Backyard. Offering a blend of songwriting, quilt making, science, plants and storytelling, this program brings prominent musicians into a school library setting in support of Earth and Human Activity curriculum. The project will also include four “hands-on” sessions.

Returning applicant West Fulton Arts was awarded $1500 in support for Portraits of Schoharie.

Offering tremendous opportunity to an age demographic rarely seen in applications, this project is an after-school residency that offers high school students an opportunity to create short films via stop motion animation, still photography and film through six “hands on sessions.” Film is a Schoharie County, funding priority-please note image above!

As the new Schoharie Grant Coordinator working for the Greene County Council on the Arts through the NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) Decentralization Grants Program, Dennis Shaw can be reached at or at 518-294-3265.

Calendar of Events in Schoharie County

The following is funded, in part by NYSCA/Decentralization Community Arts Grant Program administered by Greene County Council on the Arts.

Sunday, January 14

The “Not So Quiet Music Series” presents John Flynn4 p.m. at the Middleburgh Library, Middleburgh, NY. Tickets are available at the door.   A $10.00 donation is suggested.  (Please use back entrance.)

John Flynn is an American singer-songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of “the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred”.  His career has embodied an authentic troubadour odyssey that moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn “the most quintessential folk singer in my life”.  John Flynn is worthy of  respect as he follows the paths of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Kris Kristofferson.

Over three and a half decades, John Flynn’s music has carried him from Jersey shore bars to Nashville’s Music Row; from home plate performances in major league ballparks to concerts in maximum-security prisons; from star-studded benefit shows to Tipitina’s in New Orleans to awareness-building appearances at the Walter Reed Military Hospital and the Dover Air Force Base.  Along the way Flynn has continued to make new friends and fans as he has given of his defiantly unguarded heart and optimistic spirit from large and small stages, living rooms, pulpits and schools across this country.

Stay tuned and stay warm, there’s much more to come

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