CIP Program-GCCA Announces 2017 Cultural Fund Awards

GCCA Announces 2017 CIP Awards

The Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is pleased to announce the recipients of regrant awards through the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP). Twelve not-for-profit organizations in Greene County have been awarded $26,000 in funding in support of cultural programming and activities for 2017.

The County Initiative Program (CIP) was established in 1983 to provide funding from the Greene County Legislature to major Greene County cultural institutions that offer quality professional services and programs. With invaluable support from the County, this funding continues to promote the development, growth and viability of major Greene County organizations.

Funding awards are competitive and are determined by a select panel of artists, arts professionals, and community members. Deepest appreciation goes to this year’s panelists for the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP). Our six panelists were: Deborah Allen, former Publisher of Black Dome Press, Hensonville; Peter Keitel, Formerly SUNY Albany Assistant Director of  Financial Aid and Program Associate at State Education Department, Visual Artist, Greenville; Deena Lebow, Creator NY Communal Table-Art+Talk+Food & Blog; Catskill; Judith Moss, Choreographer and Modern Dancer who has toured internationally, a recipient of  National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and state Arts Council grants in New York, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania and on the faculty at Queensborough Community College; Prattsville, Michael Moss, Musician, Jazz; Prattsville and David Woodin, Attorney, Conductor of Catskill Community Orchestra; Catskill. The panel spent four hours jointly reviewing and discussing the 12 applications and comparing them against the criteria before making their recommendations. Requests for funding exceeded available regrant monies by over $16,000. Final recommendations for funding were reached through clear consensus on February 13, 2017. This year’s award process was challenging, and GCCA is extremely grateful to these panelists for their hard work and dedication to the arts in Greene County.

The Greene County Council on the Arts congratulates all grant recipients. The intent of these awards is to ensure a wide range of exciting, high caliber, and innovative cultural programs for our communities. The activities of these organizations provide a positive and substantial impact on local economies and on the quality of our lives. The GCCA and the Greene County Legislature are committed to the continuation of quality arts programming and related activities for the benefit of our residents and visitors. Please keep these organizations in mind when planning activities and check local media sources for latest information on up-coming events


GCCA received requests from twelve cultural institutions totaling $42,172 – more than $16,000 the amount of available regrant funds. Twelve CIP awards were awarded as follows:

First time applicant Prattsville Art Center was awarded $1700 for the Next Generation Art Project to establish an expanded program offering art, music and dance programs March-September 2017. Project is a collaboration between four Artists/Teachers interns and young local residents with the goal of building leadership skill and service to the community. Students and Artist/Teachers will be included in “Headed for the Hills” music and art festival in August 2017 on Prattsville Town Green.

Returning applicants include 23Arts Initiative was awarded $1450 to continue its Catskill Jazz Factory programming and outreach events to students and community members of the Tannersville area. Support for artists and general support in the 2017 autumn jazz program, Autumn Blossoms: A Tribute Blossom Dearie (working title) with multiple installments including workships, rehearsals, education outreach and performances in a vaiety of venues throughout the mountain top areas of Greene County. After taking one year away from the application process Altamura Center for the Arts returned again this year and was awarded $1300 for the program”G. Verdi, in Search of Desdemona: A Quest into the Human Heart” which encompasses associated workshops involving local performers and visiting voice students developing thier talents, network with established artists and perform live in front of local and visiting audiences. Bridge Street Theatre was awarded $3020 for general operating support to assist in continuing to present theatre, art events and musical productions, which include original BST productions and outside presenters, bringng relevant and affordable theatre to diverse audiences. BST 2017 programs will include instructional classes, lectures and workshops in theatre and related disciplines for students of all ages. The Bronck Museum of the Greene County Historical Society, awarded $2300 to continue, expand and promote cultural, educational, arts programming, including Music of History series, Heritage Craft Fair and Chilly Willy Tours. The Bronck will develop current programming suitable for young students and present a season long celebration of Pieter Bronk’s 400th birthday in 2017 in collaboration with their traditional programming. Catskill Mountain Foundation was awarded $3000 for year-round performing arts programming, including dance, theater, classical, jazz/blues/pop,folk music, and family performances. Also included will be artists in residence free outreach programs for local schools and community events for local residents at the Doctorow Center for the Arts and the Orpheum Performing Arts Center. MJQ Irish Cultural & Sports Centre was awarded 2,055 for Irish Arts Week consisting of workshops, faculty master concerts and music sessions, with over 100 events by more thab 60 world class performers, throughout East Durham in various venues during July 2017. Music & Art Centre of Greene County was awarded $2,450 for six to eight Summer Concerts featuring live performances of national and international distinguished musicians and rising young performers, in the Classical Music Series, and traditional Ukrainian folk arts workshops for adult and children. Planet Arts was awarded $1,350 for Music Mix Initiative which includes one2one jazz series and Tone Structure Lab project. Planet Arts intends to develop an educational component with live performances to include pre-concert lecture/workshop and creative artistic process. Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Cedar Grove in Catskill was awarded $3,000 for an exhibition “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills” featuring depictions of the Hudson Valley and Catskill landscapes. Included will be an exhibition catalog, lectures, both guided and self guided hikes, website and audio tours. Wave Farm was awarded $2,700 for their Wave Farm Residency Program providing artists with space and resources to create new transmission art works and then conduct multiple public programs including workshops, exhibits/events and broadcasts that are also to be streamed online. Zadock Pratt Museum was awarded $1,675 for a full season of community and educational programs for all ages including the exhibit “Pratt’s Five Wives”: a unique look at the role of women from the Colonial period through the 19th Century and the struggle for women’s suffrage. The season includes a roaming lecture series monthly from May to September 2017 in four various locations in Greene County.

Congratulations again to these twelve not for profit cultural organizations that make such a difference in the quality of life in Greene County and the surrounding region. Please take a moment to thank the Greene County Legislature for its invaluable support through the Greene County Initiative Program. Write to Chairman Kevin Lewis, Greene County Legislature, 411 Main Street, P.O. Box 467, Catskill, NY 12414. Thank the Legislature and let them know what these programs mean to you.

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