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2015 Community Arts Grants Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the Recipients of 2015 Re-Grant Awards through the Community Arts Grants Program for Columbia County (DEC).

The Community Arts Grants/Decentralization Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and administered in Greene, Columbia & Schoharie County by Greene County Council on the Arts. This program provides support for local not-for-profit organizations and artists working with community partners. These funds are intended to reward programs with strong artistic merit that directly benefit our county residents.

All funding awards are competitive and determined by an impartial panel of local artists, nonprofit professionals, and community members who are unaffiliated with applicant organizations. These individuals deserve an enthusiastic round of applause for their active commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of the arts in our region.

Columbia County received 18 requests from organizations and individuals for Project Support totaling $53,010 – considerably more than the amount of available funding. The funded projects shared $34,819 in DEC Project Support.

They are: First time applicant Art School of Columbia County for artist-developed programs at Valatie, Claverack, and North Chatham libraries; Bend the Knotted Oak for a chamber music concert with visual art & dialogue at Spencertown Academy; Clarion Concerts for a Baroque program for harpsichord, oboe, flute, and violin in Copake; first time applicant Classics on Hudson for “Adventures in Classical Music” for family audiences; Columbia County Youth Bureau for “Undercover Playground” project with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in ten Columbia County parks; Concerts in the Village for musicians fees for Village of Kinderhook performance series; Friends of Chatham Library for creative writing for teens with Chloe Caldwell, graphic novel, & paper marbling workshops; Good Globe Singing School with Sheri Bauer-Mayorga for youth and community “sings” in Spencertown; Hudson Area Library for graphic novel workshop for tweens and teens with Barbara Slate, virtual visits with graphic novelists Gene Luen Yang and Jennifer Holm, and exhibition; Hudson Jazzworks for master class, pre-concert talk & improvisational jazz concert in Hudson; Hudson River Classics/Showcase Theater for a series of staged readings of new original plays; Hudson Valley Choral Society for musicians & scores for their spring and winter concerts; Kinderhook Library for world music & dance performances including sitar and tabla, Chinese fan/ribbon dancing, Seneca-Iroquois music, and Tango; North Chatham Library for Literature and the Arts program featuring actress Nancy Rothman, illustrator/author James Carroll, singer/songwriter Ruth Pelham and others; Roving Actors Ensemble for “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “next to normal” at Taconic Hills Performing Arts Center; Valatie Community Theatre for technical & professional support for a young actor’s production; and Winds in the Wilderness/ for four classical and world music concerts at Church of St John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls.

The intent of these awards is to foster high quality, accessible cultural programs in our own backyard. Now more than ever, these individuals and organizations need your encouragement and patronage to keep the arts healthy and happening in your county. Please congratulate them on their achievements and show them you appreciate their efforts by participating in this outstanding medley of offerings.

If you or your children have been involved in any of these programs, you recognize their immeasurable value. To help ensure future funding for these programs, please take a moment to write or call your State representatives and give them a hearty thank you for their support for the arts in New York State in this difficult economic climate and encourage them to continue their efforts. For information on the DEC grants program in Greene or Columbia County, please contact our Director of Community & Arts Education Grants at 943-3400 or

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