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CAP ArtsLetter: News, Events, Resources

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 8/271/2020

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MeganA Message from: Megan Barber, Executive Director

(written 7/21/2020) 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

Five Upcoming GAP Grants &
Free Zoom CAP Grant Info/Grant Writing Workshops
Visit our Grant Page for all information!



Donate to Round 3 of our Emergency Artist Relief Fund
We have $750 in donations so far for our 3rd round of the Emergency Artist Relief Fund. We'd love to have $3,000 for the artists by September 21st! Check out our grant page for donation information, info about Round 1 and 3, and some quotes from artist recipients! (And how to donate!)

Save the Date: Friday, Sept. 4th, 6pm
Downtown Gallery Night
: The Downtown Ithaca Alliance will update the Gallery Night website by Sept. 1 with info for live and virtual exhibits and a Gallery Night live stream event. Our CAP ArtSpace presents "Ithaca College in the Downtown Era," featuring great photographs of life and buildings at IC (downtown: 1862- 1965. On gallery night, we're hoping to live stream some video's from the IC library!

Save the Date: Saturday, Sept. 5th, 7pm. First Saturday on the Art Trail
We're gathering interested Greater Ithaca Art Trail artists to join us in a fun zoom show and tell of their studios and art. We'll have that info at by Aug. 29. We'll e-blast the specifics and you can register for the zoom event. (Or check on Aug 29)

EmilyCAP Grantee Focus:
Women Artist Have Thier Say
"Women Artists Have Their Say" is the brainchild of artist Sue Perlgut, director and producer with CloseToHome Productions.
With the assistance of CAP's "Grants for Arts Programs," Sue and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, a local poet and professor, are collaborating to create a film that centers the experiences of local female artists. The two are also working with singer-songwriter Jai Hari Myerhoff, who is writing original music for the film.
“Whether it is art, crafts, music, written works, or choreographed dances, extraordinary women know that the process of creating is as important as what ultimately gets created,” Perlgut says. “There is a need to document women’s voices in this century in recognition of the fact that earlier histories took little account of women’s experience.”
Read the full article
OfferingsLocal Artistic Offerings: Staying Connected Locally

Send local event listings to Robin at for inclusion in this weekly ArtsLetter and this page.

Rejoice the Vote
announces an art contest with five award categories. K through adult. Create a piece of art celebrating youth activism for voting rights and inspiring people to vote. Multiple cash prizes and a grand prize of $1,000! More details can be found beginning next week at including a poster honoring young people currently doing democracy work around the country. Additional questions can be addressed to Jeff Furman at They are recruiting Tompkins County folks willing to be judges.  
The State of the Art Gallery
check out their current virtual exhibit. AND SOAG is having their first ever on-line juried show for December: open to all non-photography artists.
Black Lives Matter Street Mural
in downtown Ithaca! Here's the Ithaca Times article.
Triphammer Arts
Sunset Concerts Continue at the Farm!
Figures in the Field, a free public art-making event on Saturday, August 29, 5:00pm to 7:15pm (rain date August 30).
Shared Journeys
Eric Clay, M.Div.,Ph.D. Founder of Shared Journeys is looking to add participants for a Creative Life Group that includes artists, both visual and performing, craftspeople, and writers. Contact Eric for more information 607-592-6874 or e-mail.
Tompkins County Public Library
will host a Virtual Cartooning Workshop for kids and teens on Wed, Sept. 2, 2pm to 4pm. Register through their online calendar. Check out all of their events at
Virtual Painting and Drawing Classes
(with Art Appreciation) for ages 8 and up in September. by Allison Dedominick
Buffalo Street Books
Next up: A conversation between Sally McConnell-Ginet and Anne Adams on August 27th, at 7pm.
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance Virtual Concert Series
Next up: Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots on August 27th
The Comb Down on September 3rd
The Hangar Theatre
presents the recurring event In Good Spirits with Adam Zonder on Sept. 2, at 6 pm. This is a virtual series every Wednesday through October exploring the backstages workings of theatre.
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
has all sorts of live events and performances!  
has a great line up of virtual cinema.  
Gallery Night
The next Gallery Night is September 4th. Check closer to the event for live and virtual exhibits and online events.
Community School of Music and Arts
is offering ongoing virtual classes. Many start soon and in mid- September. Virtual Drawing for Young Artists starts September 14th! Virtual Creative Dance for Kids starts September 12th!
Opera Ithaca
will be streaming Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini in September. 
The Wharton Studio Museum

will be live-streaming The Freshman starring Harold Lloyd in their free Silent Movie Under the Stars 10th Anniversary Event on August 29th at 8pm.The event is produced by The State Theatre of Ithaca, with live music by Cloud Chamber Orchestra.

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!!!!!!!