Providing grants, programs, and services to the artists and audiences of Tompkins County for over 25 years

John Spence
Executive Director
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Robin Schwartz
Program Director
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Erin Caruth
Administrative Assistant
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John Saunders, President
Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Vice President & Secretary
Elayne Nicholas
Monika Collins
Sally Grubb
Seth Hiland
Barbara Mink
Jim Spitznagel
Sarah Wicker


Who We Are

The Community Partnership continues to act as one of the driving forces behind the vibrant arts community of Ithaca and the neighboring towns and villages.

For over 26 years, our Grants, Programs, and Services Have Been:

Connecting Artists and Audiences

An annual summer Ithaca Artist Market, the May Spring Writes Literary Festival, The CAP ArtSpace Gallery and the Greater Ithaca Art Trail are all CAP programs.  

Funding the Arts in Tompkins County 

Securing, administering, and distributing grant funding to artists and arts organizations is at the heart of our work. We have six grant programs, and have administered over 4 million dollars over the past 25 years to artists, arts organizations, and not for profits for public programming, career opportunities and school residencies.  

Helping Artists Make a Life in Tompkins County

There are over 1,000 artists each year that benefit from CAP and that number continues to grow.  Along with our funding programs, we offer professional development workshops,networking events, a consultant program, an on-line artist database, and meet with artist daily to provide support, advice, brainstorming and connections to area resources.  CAP is proud to assist local artists in producing the creative work that so enriches our community.


CAP By The Numbers

* To date, CAP has helped to distribute more than $4.5 million in grants and fellowships into the
   hands of local artists, arts organizations, and not-for-profits doing arts programming.
* Since 1999, 26,000 visitors have enjoyed the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. 500 artists have earned
* Since 1996, 46,000 visitors have attended the Ithaca Artists Markets. And 1,700 artists have
   earned over $1,000,000.
* Since 2010, 600 authors and playwrights have presented their work to 8,000 regional visitors at
   the Spring Writes Literary Festival.

Click here for our newsletter, brochure, and reports page! 

Major support for CAP comes from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program


This 4 minute video features recipients of some of CAP's grants!