Providing grants, programs, and services to the artists and audiences of Tompkins County for 30 years

All about CAP

For over 30 years, our Grants, Programs, and Services have been a driving force behind the vibrant arts community of Ithaca and Tompkins County.

















Our 2021 Annual Report

The Message from our Executive Director and our Year in Review is inspiring. 
See it all in this attached PDF


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CAP Staff

Megan Barber, Executive Director
607-273-5072, ext. 19


Robin Schwartz, Program Director


CAP Board

John Saunders, President
Hardy Griffin, Vice President
Kathryn Henion, Secretary

Tom Bouman
Dara Engler
Ritza Francois
Seth Hiland
Reid Palmer
Judith Pratt
Paulina Velázquez Solís


Our Vision

A world where the arts and artists thrive.

Our Mission

To strengthen the arts in Tompkins County by supporting artists and arts groups, ensuring equitable access to the arts, and cultivating a creative culture that reflects our community’s diversity.

Our Programs and Grants


Connecting Artists and Audiences

The Ithaca Artist Market, the May Spring Writes Literary Festival, the CAP ArtSpace Gallery, the Greater Ithaca Art Trail and CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale are all CAP programs. 


Funding the Arts in Tompkins County 

We have six grant programs, and have distributed over 5.6 million sine 1993 to artists, arts organizations, and not for profits for public programming, artist 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. 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 $5.65 million in grants and fellowships into the hands of local artists, arts organizations, and not-for-profits doing arts programming.

* Grants in 2020 went to Arts Organizations, Not-For-Profits doings programming, individual artists, and artist residencies.

* Annual 2020 funding went to 15% visual artists and galleries, 70% performing artists and organizations doing performing arts programming, and 15% writers and writing organizations. 

* 60 Artists received emergency grant funding of $11,875 in 2020.

* Since 1999, 29,000 visitors have enjoyed the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. 750 artists have earned $875,000.

* Since 1996, 48,000 visitors have attended the Ithaca Artists Markets. And 1,800 artists have earned over $1,000,000.

* Since 2010, 780 authors and playwrights have presented their work to 9,800 regional and worldwide visitors at the Spring Writes Literary Festival.

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