2015 Grant Recipients

Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants presented grant awards totaling over $74,000 to artists and organizations throughout Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties for 2015. The grant awards are made in three categories – Community Arts Grants, Individual Artist Grants, and Arts Education Grants at an awards reception held at Auburn Public Theater. These awards are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants.

24  Community Arts Grants received funding for 2015, serving an estimated audience of over 50,000 people. CA Grants support the arts and cultural activities of non-profit groups, organizations and artists in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties. Recipients can be found from Auburn to Middlesex, Geneva to Newark, Sodus Bay to Ovid, and many more! These include professional and community based arts activities benefiting the general public in theater, dance, music, film, storytelling, literature, visual arts, historical and cultural activities, and the use of libraries and museums as venues for the arts. CA Grant programs are designed to serve all ages and ethnically diverse populations from all geographic areas of all five counties.

Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants is excited to be able to include three Individual Artist Grants in the 2015 Awards. This grant program supports the creation of new work by an individual artist, which involves the community as context for and in the creation of the work.

Arts Education Grants support in-school collaborations between artists and/or cultural organizations and teachers to bring art into a public school curriculum. The focus is on sequential, skill based knowledge, and broadening the scope of how children learn a section of their prescribed courses. Two such projects were approved for funding to take place during 2015.

A full list of recipients for each category can be found below. 

Community Arts Grants

Aurora Free Library: “Family Art Series 2015” (Cayuga)

Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival: “Canandaigua Lake Music Festival Community Residency” (Ontario)

Cayuga County Arts Council: “CNY Film & Lecture Series” (Cayuga)

Clyde-Savannah Library: “The Songwriter’s Playground” (Wayne)

Community Preservation Committee: “Tiffany Sunday Concert Series” (Cayuga)

Dundee Scottish Association: “Dundee Scottish Festival” (Yates)

Edith Ford Memorial Library: “Finding Art @ Your Library, 2015” (Seneca)

Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival: “Art Inspires Music” (Yates)

Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra: “Community Orchestra Participation and Public Performance” (Ontario)

Geneva Music Festival: “Geneva Music Festival” (Cayuga & Ontario)

Geneva Theatre Guild: “2015 Theater Season” (Ontario)

Hazard Library: “Southern Cayuga Arts” (Cayuga)

Lang Library: “Music in the Park – Hometown Heroes” (Cayuga)

Phelps Community Center: “Phelps Dance Academy Dance Program” (Ontario)

Rochester Folk Art Guild: “Craft Weekend Workshops 2015” (Yates)

Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry: “15 Miles to the World” (Seneca)

Seymour Library: “Summer Performance Series” (Cayuga)

Sodus Bay Historical Society “Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse” (Wayne)

Sonnenberg Gardens: “Moonlight Strolls” (Ontario)

St. Mary’s Church: “Historic Pipe Organ Recital Series” (Cayuga)

St. Peter’s Arts Academy: “St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy Concert Series 2015” (Ontario)

Victor Cultural Association (AKA Cobblestone Arts Center): “Celebration of Youth” (Ontario)

Wayne County Council for the Arts: “Community Art Classes” (Wayne)

Arts Education Grants

Nancy & John Bryan with Clyde-Savannah Elementary School: “Creative Songwriting – Follow Your Dreams” (Wayne)

The Town of Gorham with Marcus Whitman Middle School: “Music Has to Happen!: ECO Steel Drums with Ted Canning” (Ontario)

Individual Artist Grants

Kim Bellavia: “Looking For The Green Man” – Visual Arts (Ontario)

Jesse Kline: “Painted Murals on Exchange Street Plaza” – Visual Arts (Cayuga)

Kala Stein: “Re-Brick” –  Visual Arts (Ontario)