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



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 7/21/2020

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MeganA Message from: Megan Barber, Executive Director

Happy summer, everyone!  I hope you're making time for joy, whether that's dancing in your bare feet, savoring some berries off the bush, or getting outside after dark to marvel at the starry sky.  Joy helps our hearts open with gratitude for the human experience, and we certainly need all the open hearts we can mobilize these days. ** 

My heart was recently re-opened during a virtual poetry reading.  If the reading had been an in-person event it would have been hard for me to go - to get myself back into town from Brooktondale and mesh it with my parenting responsibilities.  But because it was online, I could join from my kitchen table and immediately enter a "room" full of loving people and let myself feel the words and language and images they evoked.  It was an unexpected gift, to feel my heart open. Kind of like seeing that comet that's been shooting across the night sky these days.

There are so many ways to open your hearts right now! See below for a list of events and opportunities.
Keep your hearts open, feel the feels, and en-JOY!
RobinCAP News in a Nutshell: Robin, Program & Grant Director

DONATE TO ROUND THREE of our Emergency Artist Relief Fund. We've already raised and distributed $9,000 that went to over 40 artists that helped them with basic needs like groceries. It's so great to be able to help our amazing community of talented artists! If you'd like to Donate, e-mail me at for online payment instructions or check directions. Any amount helps!

Watch the video of our June 28th event! (Link coming) Nine writers that will be part of our November Spring Writes Literary Festival read from their latest work! 100 people were there for the live event!


JULY CAP ARTSPACE: Our July exhibit features Treacy Ziegler & Gary Weisman. See  their virtual exhibit here and read more on our ArtSpace page.   

GREATER ITHACA ART TRAIL: It's the start of the new season!  Check out all 40  artists at, Next event: "First Saturday" virtual show and tell with some of the artists on August 1st, 7pm. Stay tuned for details!  
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: Ithaca Murals
"Public Art Transforming our Cultural Cityscape"
In February, Caleb R. Thomas, the Ithaca Murals organizer, and Southside Community Center's Board President, Dr. Nia Nunn,  facilitated a 40-person jury which selected finalists for Ithaca Mural's annual Justice Walls mural project. These public art projects, supported by CAP's SOS grant aim to creatively inspire and uplift passersby. Recently, CAP caught up with Caleb to discuss the project.  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 Clay School on South Hill is open and offering classes!  
The Tompkins County Public Library is holding a virtual storytelling open mic Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at 4:00pm - 5:30pm. Registration is required.  The Library is also asking for submissions of experiences, memories, and sentiments from your time in quarantine from March to July 2020 in a digital community scrapbook they are calling TCPL's QuaranZine. Submissions with gmail and without gmail are accepted. Deadline is July 31st. Contact for questions and concerns.   
Cinemapolis has a great line up of virtual cinema.  
Check out Buffalo Street Books upcoming events! Next up: A reading Tuesday, July 21st, 7pm with Lauren Francis-Sharma and Alexander Chee. (See Cherry Arts below for a BSB hosted panel) on July 23rd at 7pm. 
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has started their CFCU sponsored  Summer Concert Series: Upcoming Danielle Ponder on July 23 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Next: The Notorious String Busters with Mijail Martínez and the Cantina Ramblers on July 30 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Black Fems United has a recording available of their Juneteenth Cabaret via Civic Ensemble.  
Civic Ensemble is also presenting a recording of Fast Blood: July 5-31. This play premiered as part of the Civic Acts Festival in 2018. Catch the online premiere, presented by The American Slavery Project.
Visit for upcoming murals and ones being created now!   
Cherry Arts: You can Walk this Play  and experience Ithaca's famous plays, The Missing Chapter and Storm Country. Catch a panel discussion with Cherry Arts Director Sam Buggeln and Wharton Studio Museum Director Diana Riesman about these plays, hosted by Buffalo Street Books on July 23rd, 7pm.    
has all sorts of live events and performances!   
Check out for virtual exhibits from CAP, Community School of Music and Arts and State of the Art Gallery!  
The Hangar Theatre is in full summer swing with their virtual Mainstage: Honk Your Horn- Celebrate! Musical! Theatre! on July 25 at 7:30pm
Virtual KIDDSTUFF: The Velveteen Rabbit on July 25 at 10:30am. 
The Hangar also has a variety of virtual theatre classes for students through August! Shakespeare is being offered soon!   

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:  Mini Technology Grant for NYCON members and direct NYSCA grant recipients.  
NEW: Our local Kenneth McLaurin can help you with your virtual events! The have the experience to help you with ideas, production, and management! Set up a free consult.   
NEW: CERF+ (The Artists Safety Net) has a Covid-19 Relief Grant, accepting applications through July 29.  Check out the requirements.  
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 ArtsEmergency 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!!!!!!!