2017 Grant Recipients

Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants presented grant awards totaling over $89,000 to artists and organizations throughout Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, and Ontario Counties for 2017. 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.

25  Community Arts Grants received funding for 2017, 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 2017 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 2017.

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

Arts Education

Nancy & John Bryan:  We Rock! Creative Songwriting and Recording

Town of Gorham/ Marcus Whitman Middle School:  Music Just Has To Happen!  ECO Steel Drums with Ted Canning!

Wood Library: Wood Library Summer Teen Lab

Individual Artist

Maria Coleman:  A Blessing & The Curse: Fanny Seward

Cindy Dalton:  Hugs for You

Jesse Kline:  Harriet Tubman Memorial Mosaic

Community Arts Grants

ARC of Seneca County:  ARC of Seneca County: Art in Public Spaces

Auburn Chamber Orchestra:  HMS Pinafore Concerts

Aurora Free Library:  Family Art Series 2017

Canaltown Chorale:  Annual Concert Series 2017

Canandaigua Lake Music Festival:  Canandaigua Lake Music Festival Community Residency

Clyde-Savannah Public Librar:  The Songwriter’s Playground

CNY Tomato Fest:  MusicFest 2017

Geneva Music Festival: Geneva Music Festival – Cayuga

Edith B. Ford Memorial Library:  Finding Art @ Your Library 2017

Finger Lakes Arts Council:  Kid’s Art at City Playgrounds

Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival:  Generations of Women Composers Concert

Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra: Community Orchestra Participation and Public Performance

Geneva Concerts:  Geneva Concerts 2016-17 Music

Geneva Light Opera:  Mozart’s ” Don Giovanni”

Geneva Music Festival:  Geneva Music Festival – Ontario

Geneva Theatre Guild:  Production of “Young Frankenstein”

Hazard Library: Southern Cayuga Arts

Perform4Purpose:  Perform4Purpose Summer Workshops @Hazard Library

Rochester Folk Art Guild:  Folk Art Guild Craft Weekend Workshops

Seneca Falls Library:  Be a Graphic Teen Artist

Seymour Public Library District:  Summer Performance Series

Sodus Bay Historical Society:  2017 Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Park:  Moonlight Strolls Music Series

St. Peters Community Arts Academy:  St. Peters Arts Academy Concert Series 2016-2017

Wayne County Council for the Arts:  Community Fine Art Classes