2016 Grant Recipients

Thanks to a $5 Million increase to NYSCA this year, Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants was able to present grant awards totaling over $89,000 to artists and organizations throughout Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties for 2016. 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 on January 13, 2016. 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.

26  Community Arts Grants received funding for 2016, 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, 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 two Individual Artist Grants in the 2016 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. Three such projects were approved for funding to take place during 2016.

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

Community Arts Grants

Auburn Civic Band: “Partial Funding for Fall/Holiday Concerts” (Cayuga)

Auburn Players Community Theatre: “2016 Season” (Cayuga)

Aurora Free Library: “Family Art Series 2016” (Cayuga)

Canaltown Chorale: “Annual Concert Series – 2016” (Wayne)

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

CNY Tomato Fest: “TomatoFest MusicFest” (Cayuga)

Clyde-Savannah Library: “Creative Songwriting” (Wayne)

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

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

Edith Ford Memorial Library: “Finding Art @ Your Library, 2016” (Seneca)

Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival: “Chamber Music Featuring the Theremin” (Yates)

Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra: “Concert Season 2016” (Ontario)

Geneva Concerts: “Geneva Concerts Music Series” (Ontario)

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

Hazard Library: “Southern Cayuga Arts” (Cayuga)

Lang Library: “Music in the Park – Families, Friends & Fun!” (Cayuga)

Middlesex Music Festival: “Middlesex Music Festival” (Yates)

Rochester Folk Art Guild: “Craft Weekend Workshops 2016” (Yates)

Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry: “Seneca Falls Connections” (Seneca)

Seymour Library: “Summer Performance Series” (Cayuga)

Sodus Bay Historical Society “2016 Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse” (Wayne)

Sonnenberg Gardens: “Moonlight Strolls Concert Series” (Ontario)

St. Peter’s Arts Academy: “St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy Concert Series 2016” (Ontario)

Three Stories: “Summer Book Arts” (Ontario)

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

Arts Education Grants

Harriet Tubman Center for Justice & Peace with Genesee Elementary School: “Harriet Was Here”

Nancy & John Bryan with Clyde-Savannah Elementary School: “Lyrical Literacy – Those Who Made a Difference” (Wayne)

The Town of Gorham with Marcus Whitman Middle School: “Music Has to Happen!: ECO Steel Drums Workshop with Ted Canning, 2016” (Ontario)

Individual Artist Grants

Kim Bellavia: “The Language of Hands” – Visual Arts/Sculpture (Ontario)

Joe Librandi-Cowan: “The Auburn System” – Visual Arts/Photography (Cayuga)