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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 5/27/2020

We will continue to e-blast and post these lists weekly. 
Please forward resources and event information to  

Welcome to the 4th installment of our new ArtsLetter!

 Contents Links: 
MeganA Wonderful Message from Megan Barber, CAP Executive Director
Dear CAP Family,
The other day I was out taking a walk, listening to the sounds of the fields - the birds and frogs, the wind and the streams.  As I let my mind wander, I started thinking about the rhythm of giving and receiving, like the in and out breaths, the pulse of human society.  I miss the daily giving and receiving in and out breaths of connecting with fellow commuters on the bus, buying lunch on the Commons, or playing music with my quartet.
But I see this life pulse continuing here within the CAP family.  You are breathing out, giving to the Emergency Artist Relief Fund and to CAP, and to the many arts and culture groups, human service organizations, and individuals that so need our support at this time.  You are breathing in, receiving Emergency Artist Relief funds and Strategic Opportunity Stipends.  You are breathing out, sharing your art with the world as you livestream performances and continue making works of art.  You are breathing in, receiving art as viewers and audiences.  It takes all of us, breathing in and breathing out, giving and receiving, to keep the human community thriving.  
We at CAP are grateful for you and for all you are doing, in all your roles - as family members, community members, workers, leaders, artists.  Please read below for lots of great opportunities to continue to give and receive.
RobinCAP News in a Nutshell - Robin, Program & Grant Director
I did an interview with Lauren Stefanelli from Channel 13. We spoke about CAP during quarantine and showed four artist videos from our #CAPDailyArtBreak! It's good! Check it out here - pull it back to the beginning - not sure why the link takes you 4 minutes in. (Thanks Lauren! You are the best!)
Round Two of our CAP Emergency Artist Relief Fund DUE JUNE 1. 
We have another $4,000 from many extremely generous local donors to distribute for a second round of Emergency Relief Funding for Tompkins County artists. To apply or to donate to this fund, visit our grant page.
A special fundraiser for CAP: 
Save the date of Sunday evening, June 28th from 6pm to 8pm. We'll be inviting you to a virtual reading with eight writers who are part of our Spring Writes Literary Festival (now postponed to November.) Joining us will be Bob Proehl, Nia Nunn, Emily Sanders Hopkins, Sorayya Khan, Jen Tennant, Kenneth McLaurin, Yvonne Fisher, and Melanie Conroy-Goldman! I'm very excited about this event. I'm working out the details now and you'll get an e-blast about it very soon! 
There's going to be a June 5th virtual Gallery Night! THANKS Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Stay tuned for more information - we'll all getting ready. Our CAP ArtSpace virtual artist is Jessica Stratton, "Resilient."
I'm working on the next season of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail (July 2020 to June 2021). It's tricky to try to predict what annual activities to list in the brochure. In an ideal world, we will be able to do small actual events at some point, AND amazing new virtual events. We'll have the new website up by July 1st. 
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: 
"When I can once again stand with my singers..." 
Our latest "Grantee Focus" story features SOS recipient Emily Richards Read more about Emily's inspiring experience at the American Choral Conductors Conference. 
OfferingsLocal Artistic Offerings: 
Staying Connected Locally
Send local event listings to Robin at  programs@artspartner.orgfor inclusion in this weekly ArtsLetter and our Resources page at
The Tompkins County Public Library has storytelling for babies, families and teen! 
Local storyteller Jay Leeming is doing free live storytelling online every weekday at 4 PM. 
The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts has all sorts of live events and performances! 
Next up at the Cherry Artists' CollectiveCherry Blossoms 2020 Pixel Party gala on June 7th 
ACTion QuaranTeen Art Show and Poetry Slam is being organized by the Advocacy Center Teen activist group. Entries are due Friday, June 5th. visit and to enter. 
Check out the upcoming readings at Buffalo Street Books.  Next up is their Drag Queen Story Hour on May 31st. 
The Hangar Theatre - Check out their virtual summer season starting in June!!! And a virtual workshop coming up SOON. "Directing for the Stage" is on May 28th, 7 to 9pm.
If you haven't joined their mailing list, so so now. Kitchen Theatre's next event is a "special virtual reading with Karl Gregory on June 11th and 12th. 
Cinemapolis has LOTS of virtual cinema available!   
The Community School of Music and Arts is offering virtual private instruction and they've got some art classes starting in June! 
Search the Johnson Museum of Art's permanent collection!  
Find Holly Adams' facebook page for daily storytime for the kids! She's a performer, audiobook narrator, teaching artist and so much more.
The Museum of the Earth  has a cool online exhibit on Bees. 
The State of the Art Gallery has a slide show of their recent exhibit "Emergence". 
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 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. 
NEW: 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 businesseslocated 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. 
NEW: Check out New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) for resources, events, webinars and more! Their latest grant is "Keep NYS Creating Project Grant" for artists that have previously applied to their fellowship program in 2018 2019 or 2020. Look at all these grants!  
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!!!!!!! We will get 
through this crisis together.