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CAP News, and Local Arts!

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 November 25, 2020

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Ithaca named 4th most arts-vibrant medium sized community

The Arts Vibrancy Index Report, compiled by SMU DataArts, ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand and government support for the arts in each city. And Ithaca ranked 4th most vibrant in medium-sized communities!
The findings help illustrate the critical role of the arts, both socially and economically, in cities and towns around the nation. At this historic moment, the report serves as a pre-pandemic benchmark of where the most arts-vibrant communities are located.

CAP Executive Director Megan Barber says

"The recognition of the Ithaca area as a top arts-vibrant community underscores the importance of the arts to our region, both in terms of quality of life and as an economic engine. During the pandemic, our local artists and art groups are helping people process emotion and maintain connections, and are bringing in new audiences through creative virtual and live events. The fact that Ithaca has been named the 4th most arts-vibrant community means it’s critical that all of us support this vital segment of our economy. "

CAP Funded Artist: SOS Grant - Sam Buggeln and The Cherry Arts

Shortly after all live productions were shut down due to the panemic, the Artistic Director of the Cherry Arts, Sam Buggeln, asked six writers from around the world to collaborate on "Felt Sad, Posted a Frog (and other streams of global quarantine). These collaborations were then live-streamed by thirteen members of The NY Cherry Artists’ Collective from May 1-9, 2020. Sam described the experience as “truly intense. Read the full article


Upcoming Community Arts Events


Hanger Theatre
On Dec. 5, the Hangar Theatre is having a virtual cocktail hour and fundraiser! Holiday Spirits at the Hangar will have mixology demos with a local bartender, artistic entertainment and more! Visit for more information and to purchase tickets!
Tompkins County Public Library
There are always many virtual events happening at the library! Here's one:
The Tompkins County Public Library is hosting two political cartoonists for a virtual discussion on their process and careers. To register for this free event, visit
Civic Ensemble
Civic Ensemble’s ReEntry Theatre group is continuing to meet online! No theatre experience is necessary and anyone who has experienced incarceration is invited to join! For more details, visit
The Ink Shop
The Ink Shop is selling prints by local artists in the Gallery, now through January 30, 2021! Go to for more.  
State of the Art Gallery
Check out “An Exhibit of the Work of Frances L. Fawcett and Susan C. Larkin” at the State of the Art Gallery, either in person or online! Visit to view the exhibit through Nov. 29.
Ithaca Festival
Ithaca Festival is presenting an online gallery! Now through Dec. 30, visit to view and purchase art!
Buffalo Street Books
Check their website for upcoming writer talks!!
Cinemapolis continues to offer a selection of films online! Explore the virtual cinema at
Ithaca City of Asylum Cartooning Workshop
Inside the Cartoonist’s Mind: Creativity in Challenging Times
With award-winning political cartoonists Pedro X. Molina and Rob Rogers
Tuesday, December 1, 4 p.m.
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Gallery Night Ithaca is December 4th
Trampoline Personal Storytelling Competition.
The Big Showdown! Thursday, December 10, 7pm.
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
has all sorts of live events and performances!  
Opera Ithaca
will be streaming Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini on demand. "A cone act comic masterpiece"