GO Art! approves $63K in grants for arts and cultural programs

Staff Reports Posted 6 March 2018 at 3:23 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: Marcy Downey performed several popular songs from the 1950s and 1960s during a concert in February 2016 at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina, including Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley. The concert was part of the library’s Finally Fridays series during the winter. The series was approved again for funding from GO Art!

BATAVIA — The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council presented grants to artists and local organizations for $63,084, including for many cultural programs in Orleans County.

GO Art! has been administering the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Regrant Program for 31 years. A panel picks from applications submitted by municipalities, organizations and artists. The awards were presented last Thursday at GO Art! in Batavia.

Reach Grants for community arts groups include:

  • The Cobblestone Society for the Cobblestone Museum Arts Series — $4,431
  • Village of Holley for concerts at Canal Park — $2,100
  • Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina for Finally Fridays — $2,500
  • Village of Albion for Concerts on the Canal — $1,200
  • Lyndonville Lions Club for The Sound of Music — $2,600
  • World Life Institute for Voices from Earth: Pottery Experience in Orleans County — $3,143
  • Yates Community Library in Lyndonville for More than Just Books — $1,200
  • The Arc of Genesee Orleans for Sprout Touring Film Festival and Art Show — $2,249
  • Batavia Concert Band for its 2018 summer concert series — $4,180
  • Batavia Players for its 2018 theatrical season including the filming of Romeo and Juliet — $3,000
  • Genesee Chorale for its 2018 season — $4,431
  • Genesee Symphony Orchestra for “GSO at 71: Ready, Willing and Able” — $5,000
  • Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble for its autumn concert — $1,438
  • Gillam-Grant Community Center for Art from Every Angle — $3,748
  • Woodward Memorial Library for Everyone’s an Artist — $973
  • Town of Le Roy for Music in the Park — $776

Spark Grants are for artists teaching the process of their art in a public school setting or to adult learners:

  • Judd Sunshine at Albion Central School District for an Erie Canal song writing project — $3,300
  • Annette Taylor at Albion High School for a poetry walk called “We the People” — $1,866
  • Julie Lambert Coleman at Wolcott Street School in Le Roy to teach the art of paper and its influence on the human race — $3,400
  • Jill Pettigrew at the Batavia Senior Center to paint “Mural, Mural on the Wall” with the help of senior citizens — $4,050

Ripple Grants for projects where artists involve the community in the creative process:

  • Diana Martin to illustrate “Ellen’s Elephant” — $2,500
  • Eric Zwieg for his project, “A Killer, A Victim, A Mourner” — $2,500
  • Mandy Humphry to paint a mural in Batavia on the All State building — $2,500

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