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Events and Resources for You!

The staff of the Community Arts Partnership (all two of us!) have considered what it means to strengthen communities in this time of quarantine. For us, it means that we continue on with our work of amplifying the voices of our local artists, and providing grants and resources so that we all stay safe and stay connected! 
- Megan Barber (Executive Director) and Robin Schwartz (Program & Grant Director)

Page Updated 6/17/2020

We will continue to e-blast and post these lists weekly. 
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Welcome to the 5th installment of our new ArtsLetter!

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MeganCAP Staff & Board: United Against Racism 
Dear CAP Family,  
The Community Arts Partnership board of directors and staff stand in solidarity with Black and Brown people, united to end racism.
We affirm the role of art in advancing social justice.
We affirm that a new world is not only possible, but imperative.  
This past weekend I listened to a webinar hosted by the Movement For Black Lives, "Making Meaning Of This Moment; Forging An Abolitionist Strategy For Defending Black Communities".  Several of the panelists uplifted the role that artists and creatives have in envisioning the new system - one that replaces White supremacy, which must and will come to an end.
The CAP board and staff are committed to working in support of justice, fairness, and equity.  We commit to: Reviewing our programs, services, policies, and procedures to gain a baseline understanding of where CAP stands in terms of racial equity, and then taking action; Being true to the word "community" in our name, and building relationships with Black and Indigenous artists, artists of color, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations throughout Tompkins County; Staying accountable to BIPOC-led organizations in our community, as well as to our partner arts and nonprofit organizations also committed to this work.
I am grateful to be alive in this moment, to be here in this community, to get to put my heart together with all of yours.  I welcome your thoughts.  Please email me directly at
In art and solidarity,
Take Action Locally:
Black Lives Matter - Ways to Help
RobinCAP News in a Nutshell - Robin, Program & Grant Director
Round Two of our CAP Emergency Artist Relief Fund is Complete.  
An additional 20 local artists will be notified soon that checks are on the way to them. Thank you again for our wonderful community that helped us raise $9,000 for artists who lost most of their income due to Covid-19. 
If you have ideas or want to contribute to the third round, please e-mail me at 
Save the Date: June 28th, 7pm for our next event!:
The reading is free AND it's also a fundraiser for our Spring Writes Literary Festival, now scheduled to November. (Funds raised will go towards paying the November writers.)  Joining us for our June virtual event will be local writers Jen Tennant, Nia Nunn, Melanie Conroy-Goldman, Sorayya Khan, SingTrece, Kenneth McLaurin, Bob Proehl, Emily Sanders Hopkins and Yvonne Fisher. Each will read from current or ongoing work. I'm VERY excited to hear what they will share with us! Sign up will be sent to you soon.  
Friday, July 3rd Virtual Downtown Ithaca Gallery Night, 5pm to 8pm.  A July First Friday Virtual Gallery Night is in the works! Thank you Downtown Ithaca Alliance! Our CAP ArtSpace exhibit will feature Treacy Ziegler and Gary Weisman. There will be online exhibits, plus video and artist talks.   
Saturday, July 4th: First Saturday on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail  
The next season of the Art Trail begins on July 1st. I'm gathering artists for a First Saturday event and you'll hear more soon.   
If you would love to Donate to CAP for our general fund through this difficult financial period, we (of course!) will put your generous support to good use helping artists, arts organizations, and our art loving communities.    
Check out our facebook page for daily postings from our local artist community showing their us their latest creations. 
EmilyCAP Grantee Focus: 
"Love, Support and Deep Questioning" 
Our latest "Grantee Focus" story features CAP GAP Grant ("Grants for Arts Programs") recipient Civic Ensemble, a theatre company that produces new plays, re-imagines the classics, and designs and facilitates civic engagement opportunities in our community and beyond. CAP's 2020 GAP grant was for a relaunching of their full length play, "Streets Like This.  
We spoke to Artistic Director Sarah Chalmers' about how they their re-imagined the event to a virtual platform, and her thoughts about the process and results. Read more.
OfferingsLocal Artistic Offerings:  
Staying Connected Locally
Send local event listings to Robin at for inclusion in this weekly ArtsLetter and our Resources page at  
The  Tompkins County Public Library has opened for pickup! They also have a new service, offering "Book and Binge Bundles for Kinds, Teens, Families and Adults.
The Black Fems United group (sponsored by Wheels for Women and Performing Arts for Social Change) at Ithaca College will host a virtual cabaret through Zoom consisting of performances by black artists. The purpose of this event is to raise money as possible for efforts relating to #BlackLivesMatter and to call Ithaca theaters and Ithaca College to prolonged action. Support the event here and make sure your e-mail is there so you can get a link to the June 19th, 7pm event.
There's a new FB group - Local Artists of Ithaca for BLM. Check out their mission. They are looking for artists of any background and style (illustration, graphic design, fine art, graffiti, etc.), BIPOC creative directors (artists, activists, mentors, musicians, co-workers, friends, mothers, fathers, children - someone who has a strong vision for a public BLM work of art), and local businesses. They form a partnership with the artist, creative director and business to display moveable BLM works of art.   
Buffalo Street Books has an upcoming reading on Saturday, June 20th, 7pm as part of their BSB@Home series.  
Visit for upcoming murals and ones being created now!  
Uncommon Excerpts and Others: The Wendy Chronicles
Scenes and excerpts from the life and work of Wasserstein, fromwell-known comedies (The Heidi Chronicles, Sister Rosensweig) to insightful lesser-known essays. She was the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award! Click the link about or 607.273.ARTS. Saturday, June 20th, 7:30pm And check out their free virtual KIDDSTUFF events


Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts has all sorts of live events and performances!     
Cinemapolis has a great line up of virtual cinema.  
The Community School of Music and Arts is offering virtual private instruction and they've got some art classes starting in June!  
RecoursesResources for Artists & Arts Organizations: 
So many resources!!! Many of these have overlapped listings, but the more the better. Note: "NEW" means a new listing since our last ArtsLetter. 
NEW: New York Foundation for the Arts has a new  Keep NYS Creating Project Grant, $1,000 grants for artists who have previously applied to their Fellowship program in 2018 - 2020. They also have quite a few resources for artists on their site. 
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is offering many fine webinars of interest to Arts Organizations and artists. The next one is "Moving your Content into the Digital World: Legal Guide" in partnership with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. NYSCA also has a  GREAT resource page. 
Alternatives Federal Credit Union is offering 0% loans as ongoing COVID relief for up to 2 months of operating expenses. These are available to both individuals and businesses located in Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Seneca, Chemung, Cortland, and Cayuga counties. This program is open to both members and non-members.
NEW: Arts Reach is The Association of Arts Management, Marketing & Development Professionals. They have lots of webinars and resources. 
The Artist Relief Fund To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grant makers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund (This site also has a list of national resources and artist resources.) 
Creative Capital (out of NYC) has "Art Resources During Covid-19 Outbreak" plus grants, online workshops, networking and more.  
PEN America Invites applications for Writers' Emergency Fund
Covid19 & Freelance Artists has tons of resources, distant learning tips,  and online discussions. 
CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
Spring Board for the Arts is an amazing resource. 
Authors League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached "loans" to pay for pressing expenses.  
THANK YOU!!!!!!!