2019 Greene County Initiative Program (CIP) Awards

The Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP). This year, thirteen (13) not-for-profit organizations in Greene County are awarded $30,000 in funding in support of cultural programming and activities for 2019.

The purpose of the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP) is to provide general operating or programmatic support to major arts and cultural institutions in Greene County that offer quality professional services and programs of benefit to the residents of Greene County. Since its establishment in 1983, the Council has continued to administer the funds which is made possible through invaluable support from the Greene County Legislature. This funding promotes the development, growth and viability of major Greene County organizations that are producing a positive impact on the state of the arts and quality of life in Greene County.

Fifteen (15) cultural institutions applied for funding -11 returning and 4 new applications, requesting $60,263 – $30,263 more than the amount of available re-grant funds. Funding awards are competitive and are determined by a panel of artists, arts professionals, and community members. The panel jointly reviewed and discussed the 2019 applications, comparing them against the criteria before making their recommendations. Final recommendations for funding were reached through clear consensus on May 4, 2019. This year’s award process was challenging, and GCCA is extremely grateful to the five panelists for their hard work and dedication to the arts in Greene County.

Congratulations all grant recipients. Please keep these organizations in mind when planning your activities and be sure to check local media sources for latest information on up-coming events.


23Arts Initiative (DBA)-Friends of Tannersville – support its annual free community winter concert series 23Arts (formally Jazz) in the Snow, providing a total of five mountain top artist visits to mountain top  schools and free evening performances at Mountain Top Library. 23Arts in the Snow series will take place in Tannersville, NY, January through March 2019.

American Dance Institute, Inc. dba LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts (new applicant) – support its 2019 Catskill artistic summer season comprised of artist residencies, public presentations of New York by leading American contemporary performance artist and community engagement with residents of Greene Couny. Programs include pre-show audience education, free community events and Junior Crew, a summer youth internship program in partnership with Greene-Columbia Workforce NY.

Bridge Street Theatre, Inc. (BST)support its general operating support for presentation of theatrical, theatre, musical productions, and other arts related events, including productions created by BST artists team as well as events brought to the theatre by outside presenters. The 2019 season is a five-show Theatre Subscription presenting the finest in local, national and internationsal fame to BST audiences. BST will offer affordable performances space  to other arts organization in the region without facilities of their own. Collaborations include projects with professionals working with local students on the BST mainstage.

Bronck Museum, Greene County Histroical Society – support its continued and expanded a cultural, educational, arts programming including Music of History series, Heritage Craft Fair and  Chilly Willy Tours as well as to further develop the “Music of History ” series aimed to attract a wider audience through live music and interaction to coincide with traditional events.

Catskill Community Center, (new applicant) – support various programs for teens and older pre-teens, elementary school children, adults and Catskill Farmer’s Market, that include guided classes and workshops with art projects, kinetic sculpture and robotics, gardening skills/design, career exploration, sewing workshops and Latin Dance. The Catskill Farmer’s Market offers artisans the opportunity to sell their goods directly to the public.

Catskill Mountain Foundation, Inc. – support its year-round Performing Arts Season of performances in dance, music and family performance. Support for artists in residence, free outreach programs for mountain top organizations, local schools and community events for local residents.

MJQ Irish Cultural & Sports Centre – support its Irish Arts Week consisting of workshops, faculty master concerts and music sessions, with reduced fees for Greene County children. Catskill Irish Arts Weeks hosts over 100 events featuring 60-plus world class performers, throughout East Durham in various venues in one week’s time during July 2019.

Music & Art Center of Greene County – support for its Summer Concerts series, six to eight live performances, featuring national and international distinguished musicians and rising young performers in the Classical Music Series. Support extends to their traditional Ukrainian folk arts workshops for adult and children.

Planet Arts Inc. – support for Music Mix Initiative which includes one2one jazz series, Tone Structure Lab project and new workshop series, Navigating the Global Music Marketplace, for artists in all music genres dealing with industry perspectives. Programs take place at Beatie Powers Place, Catskill Community Center along with plans for pop up events at GCCA.
Prattsville Art Centersupport its 2019 program season featuring regular music events and art exhibits, Next-Generation arts workshops and classes,  video screenings, lectures, after school programs, and weekend classes and computer labs as well as support for the annual Headed for the Hills summer music and art festival connecting local audiences to  professionals, artists in residence programs and various guest performances.

Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Inc. (new applicant)support a Summer Dance and Movement Intensive, led by Marcus McGregor, on  July 27 & 28, 2019. Program will serves 30 youth, ages 9-19, and is open to all levels of experience. Sessions include Warm Up, Modern, Ballet adn HipHop/Breakdance. This initial program serve as a catalyst for future programs involving local residents matched with professional dance.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site – support for its exhibition “Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of the Catskill Creek” featuring masterpieces on loan from major museums and private collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, related programs exploring the Catskill Creek,  free events and activities at Catskill Community Center and Community Day, offered to connect audiences of all ages to the local landscape. Guided hikes and canoe trips are offered in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Greene County Land Trust.

Wave Farm – support its Wave Farm Residency Program providing artists with space and resources to create new transmission art works, and to conduct multiple public programs including workshops, exhibits/events and broadcasts that are also live streamed and available with Wave Farm Radio App. Wave Farm partners with Town of Catskill town meetings, community events and performances and collaborates with organizations, artists and entities to stream own events to reach more audiences.

Congratulations again to all! Please take a moment to thank the Greene County Legislature for its invaluable support through the Greene County Initiative Program. Write to Chairman Patrick S. Linger, Jr., Greene County Legislature, P.O. Box 467, Catskill, NY 12414. Thank the Legislature and let them know what these programs mean to you.

For more information on this program contact Marline A. Martin, GCCA Executive Director, at gcca@greenearts.org or 518-943-3400.

GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, INC. (GCCA) is a tax exempt, non-profit, arts service organization whose purpose is to support and advance the arts and cultural community by broadening and enriching creative resources and economic growth in the region. GCCA serves as the Decentralization regrant agency for Greene, Columbia and Schoharie Counties. Since 1975, the GCCA has provided information and essential services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public and continues to grow its outreach as a regional arts council.

The GREENE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, INC. is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Greene County Legislature.  Additional support provided by Louis Appel Fund, Bank of Greene County, Columbia Memorial Health, Fortnightly Club of Catskill, J. Ruben Garcia Memorial Fund, Columbia-Greene Media Group, Greene County Youth Bureau/NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Marshall & Sterling, Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Nan Guterman Foundation, Peckham Family Foundation, Stewart’s, Town of Athens, Town of Catskill, Town of Durham, Town of Greenville, Town of Jewett, Troy Savings Bank Foundation, Trustco Bank, United Way of Columbia & Greene Counties, Windham Foundation and individuals such as you.  Thank You!

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