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

John Spence
Executive Director
273-5072, x19

Robin Schwartz
Program Director
273-5072, x20

Regi Carpenter
Administrative Assistant
273-5072, ext. 21


Tom Bohn, President
John Saunders, Vice President and Treasurer
Elayne Nicholas, Secretary
Ruben Arce
Sally Grubb
Livia Isaacson
Barbara Mink
Jim Spitznagel

Who We Are

Thank you to Scott Hitz for making this video for CAP!! 


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.

We Provide Funding. 

Securing, administering, and distributing grant funding to artists and arts organizations is at the heart of our work, and we do much more.

We Connect Artists & Audiences.

An annual artist markets, the Spring Writes Literary Festival, The CAP ArtSpace Gallery and the Greater Ithaca Art Trail are all CAP programs. The Art Trail entices visitors from around the state to visit Tompkins County, and was recently named one of the top places to see art outside of New York City by the Huffington Post.

We Provide Professional Development.

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, 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 million in grants and fellowships into the
   hands of local artists, arts organizations, and not-for-profits doing arts programming.
* Since 1999, 24,000 visitors have enjoyed the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. 500 artists have earned
* Since 1996, 45,000 visitors have attended the Ithaca Artists Markets. And 1,700 artists have
   earned over $1,000,000.
* Since 2010, 500 authors and playwrights have presented their work to 6,000 regional visitors at
   the Spring Writes Literary Festival.

Click here for our newsletter and reports page! 

Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County
171 E. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


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!