GO Art! approves $70K in grants for local cultural projects in 2019

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2019 at 1:56 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Zittel & Pure Country, a band from Collins, performs on Feb. 22 during Lee-Whedon Memorial Library’s Finally Fridays concert series in Medina. The library was approved for $3,000 from GO Art! during the concert series.

The Geneses-Orleans Regional Arts Council has approved $70,000 in decentralization grants for 2019.

The $70,000 is up from the $63,084 in arts grants the previous year for cultural programs in the two counties.

GO Art! has been administering the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Regrant Program for 32 years. A panel picks from applications submitted by municipalities, organizations and artists. The awards were presented on March 5 at GO Art! in Batavia.

The Reach Grants for community arts groups in Orleans County include:

• Community Free Library in Holley, $5,000 for “Doorways to the Imagination”

• Lee-Whedon Library in Medina, $3,000 for the “Finally Fridays” concert series during the winter

• Lyndonville Lions Club, $2,700 for “I Hear the Music”

• Cobblestone Museum, $5,000 for the 2019 museum art series

• Village of Albion, $2,000 for the concerts on the canal

• Village of Holley, $2,200 for concert on the canal

• Yates Community Library in Lyndonville, $2,500 for “More than just Books”

In Genesee County, the Reach grants include:

• Arc of Genesee Orleans, $2,336 for the Sprout film fest and art show in Batavia

• Batavia Concert Band, $4,900 for the summer concert series

• Genesee Chorale, $5,000 for the 2019 season

• Genesee Symphony Orchestra, $2,233.50 towards its 72nd season this year

• Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble, $1,500 towards a spring concert

• Gilliam Grant Community Center in Bergen, $4,791 towards “Inspire, Interact and Innovate with Art”

• Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, $1,000 for a museum guest speaker and concert series

• Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, $1,500 towards the “Richmond Reads” community reading project

• Town of Le Roy, $1,000 for “Music in the Park”

• Woodward Library in Le Roy, $792 for “Everyone’s an Artist”

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

• Arthur Barnes of Medina was awarded a $2,500 grant towards a painting of early Erie Canal life

• David Burke, $2,500 grant for window panting at the Sage Pavilion in Bergen

• Eric Zweig, $2,500 grant for summer portrait in Batavia

• Kimberly Argenta, $2,500 grant for “Winging It”

• Mandy Humphrey, $2,500 grant for mural in Le Roy

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

• Julie Coleman, $4,475 grant for “Handmade Paper, Seeds and Science” in Le Roy

• Chris Humel, $937.50 grant for “cartooning with Seniors” in Batavia

• Alexander United Methodist Church, $4,635 grant for an after-school program

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