Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program, announced 37 recipients of the 2018 Decentralization Grant programs.
Organizations and artists throughout Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties will receive a total of $89,000 for community arts and cultural programs taking place in 2018.
This year’s award recipients are ABC Cayuga Inc., Arc of Seneca Cayuga, Auburn Downtown Partnership, Auburn Players Community Theatre, Aurora Free Library, John and Nancy Bryan for Clyde-Savannah Elementary School, Canaltown Chorale, Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, Clyde-Savannah Public Library, Gabriella D’Angelo, Dundee Scottish Association, Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, Finger Lakes Arts Council, Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Concerts, Geneva Light Opera, Geneva Music Festival, Geneva Music Festival in Auburn, Geneva Theatre Guild, Hazard Library, Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre Inc., Keuka Lake Music Festival, Marcus Whitman Middle School ECO Program, Naples Library, Newark Public Library, Heidi Nightengale, Perform4Purpose, Phelps Community Center, Rochester Folk Art Guild, Seneca Falls Library, Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Sodus Bay Historical Society, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, TomatoFest of Central New York, Wayne County Council for the Arts and Wood Library Association.
The purpose of the NYSCA Decentralization program is to ensure cultural funding reaches every part of the state. The program is funded in every county, and funds are granted by local arts organizations, such as Auburn Public Theater, in each region. Funding is decided by a peer panel review, with APT then administering grants to recipients. There are three grant programs for 2018: Community Arts, Arts Education and Individual Artist Commissions.
This will be the sixth year that FLCAG, an APT organization, will distribute these funds to the award winners.
“This year we funded seven new applicants from among our region’s rich arts community,” said Carey Eidel, APT executive director. “We are grateful to NYSCA for giving APT the opportunity to fund emerging artists and arts organizations, helping to make our region all it can be.”
Grant coordinator Ginny Kent recently passed the role to Janie Micglire, APT director of operation. FLCAG will soon unveil a new logo designed by Sam Sears, a student of graphics design instructor Terry Cuddy at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES.