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GO Art! approves $72K to support arts and cultural efforts in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 March 2020 at 8:31 am

Provided photo: Doug Farley, director of the Cobblestone Museum in Gaines, accepts a grant from the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council on Tuesday. Jessica Torrey, left, is the GO ART! board president.

The Geneses-Orleans Regional Arts Council has approved $72,000 in decentralization grants to support arts and cultural programing in the two counties.

That is an increase from the $70,000 in arts grants the previous year for the two counties, and up from the $63,084 in 2018.

GO Art! has been administering the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Regrant Program for 33 years. A panel picks from applications submitted by municipalities, organizations and artists. The awards were presented on Tuesday at GO Art! in Batavia.

GO Art! approved 24 grants with 17 to municipalities and organizations as Reach Grants. There are also five Ripple Grants for individual artists to create new works, and two Spark Grants that are Arts in Education grants and connect artists with public school students.

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

• Orleans County Chamber of Commerce (2020 OONA summer concert series) – $550

• Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina (Finally Fridays! concert series) – $2,500

• Lyndonville Lions Club (I Hear the Music) – $3,950

• Village of Albion (Concerts on the Canal) – $1,880

• Yates Community Library (More Than Just Books) – $4,416

• Village of Holley (Concerts at the Canal Park) – $550

• Cobblestone Museum (2020 Museum Arts Series) – $4,700

Genesee County

• Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble (Concert Series 2020 Mr. Mustard Beatles Cover Band Competition) – $4,395

• Genesee Symphony Orchestra (Destinations) – $4,650

• Arc of Genesee Orleans (Film Festival and Art Show) – $4,425

• Holland Land Office Museum (Guest Speaker, Concert Series and Mystery Theater) – $1,000

• Elba Betterment Committee (EBC Music and More) – $2,265

• Woodward Memorial Library in Le Roy (Summer Arts Camp) – $1,500

• Genesee Chorale (2020 series) – $5,000

• ACORNS (Music in the Park) – $350

• Gilliam Grant Community Center in Bergen (Cultural Connections) – $4,993

• Batavia Concert Band (2020 Concert Series) – $5,000

Spark Grants which are Arts in Education grants and connect artists with public school students.

• Orleans County: Jill Pettigrew (It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA) – $4,076

• Genesee County: Judd Sunshine (Erie Canal songwriting project) – $3,300

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

Orleans County:

• Eric Weatherbee (The Humble Bard Magazine) – $2,500

Genesee County:

• David Burke (12 Center St. External Mural) – $2,500

• Bart Dentino (The Spaces Between the Leaves) – $2,500

• Mandy Humphrey (19 & 5 Mural) – $2,500

• Eric Zwieg (Slow Moving Grief) – $2,500

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