GO Art! approves funds for Albion concerts, other cultural events

Staff Reports Posted 21 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Orleans Hub file photos – The Dady Brothers kicked off a new concert series in Albion last June 18. The brothers performed a set list of mostly Irish music. John Dady is in front with Joe behind him. The village hosted the series last year on Thursdays on a closed-off East Bank Street.

BATAVIA – The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council has announced funding for several cultural programs in Orleans and Genesee counties for 2015.

GO ART! approved $41,600 in state decentralization grants for 26 projects in the two counties. The agency also approved $5,000 in Ripple Grants to support local artists who wish to involve the community in their creative process.

GO ART! approved $2,500 in Ripple Grants to Alex Feig of Orleans Radio for a “Remembers Medina” music recording and video, and $2,500 to Bill McDonald of Batavia for the Travelling Towpath Troubadors, a concert series along the Erie Canal.

“Wild” Bill McDonald, center, performs with the Ghost Riders last summer during a concert series in Holley. McDonald will play a series of concerts this summer along the Erie Canal.

Albion native Stacey (Kirby) Steward was approved for a $2,000 Spark Grant for an arts project with Holley Central School students. Steward’s project is sponsored by the Orleans County Adult Learning Services.

“Seeing Like an Artist” will encourage students to see the world as an artist sees it – noticing details that many miss. Students will be introduced to observational drawing and encouraged to practice developing skills such as focus, patience and attention. Inspiration will be drawn from nature.

Third graders will have several sessions with Steward, including drawing sessions, scientific observations and sharing sessions. The project will culminate in a mural created by the students and Steward.

The decentralization grants for projects in Orleans County include:

Village of Albion, Concerts by the Canal, $2,530;

Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Finally Fridays concert series, $2,300;

World Life Institute in Waterport, Voice from the Earth, $3,440;

Bill Lattin, sponsored by Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, for Halloween Pictures and Pranks Show, $1,515;

Lake Plains Players, $2,000 for fall production and $800 for spring production;

The Cobblestone Society Museum for “The Lost Generation,” $2,300;

Yates Community Library, “More Than Just Books,” $2,800;

Lyndonville Lions Club for Concert Fun for the Summer, $1,500.