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Creative Recovery Fund

The Cherry Arts

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: The Cherry Arts is hosting a series of community-based workshops to develop the text, performance, and puppetry that will make up the a collaborative performance with the Hangar Theatre of "An Odyssey." The overarching story follows the Ithaca Community during the trials and tribulations of the pandemic. The production will be both a literal and metaphoric return to Ithaca for the arts. A Community Relief Fund Grant was contributed to pay for community actors.
  • website: https://www.thecherry.org/

Civic Ensemble

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: The Civic Ensemble and the ReEntry Theatre program are putting on a full production of Delia Divided. The play covers a variety of topics, including the foster care system, the criminal justice system, and mental illness. The play was developed by the ReEntry Program which is comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals. A past reading of Delia Divided was funded by a GAP Grant and the full production will be partially funded by a Creative Recovery Fund Grant.
  • website: https://www.civicensemble.org/

Civic Ensemble with Village at Ithaca

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: The Civic Ensemble is collaborating with Village at Ithaca to host a five-week theatre program for students in Village at Ithaca’s summer program. The program explores self-expression and creating conversations about issues that matter to the students. Many of the students are low-income and would not otherwise be able to participate in theatre programming. A Creative Recovery Fund Grant helped to make this program happen.
  • website: https://www.civicensemble.org/

Clockmaker Arts

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: a new folk pop musical written and performed by Carley Robinson and Elizabeth Seldin of Clockmaker Arts, will be performed at the State Theatre on October 10th, 2021. The play incorporates music, rhythmic dance, body percussion and plenty of theater magic in a deeply moving script that explores themes of racial equity, grief, and community healing.
  • website: https://www.clockmakerarts.com/

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: Following the death of US Rep. John Lewis, The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) engaged renowned composer Stan Spottswood to begin creating a major musical composition for four-part mixed voice chorus and orchestra to celebrate Rep. Lewis, Dr. Dorothy Cotton, and so many others for their promotion of racial justice. This grant is for further development and payment to Spottswood for another section of the larger work. In its final version, performed in the Fall of 2022, “Good Trouble” will feature the DCJS adult chorus, the Dorothy Cotton Youth Singers, and an orchestra of instrumentalists from the Tompkins County community.
  • website: https://www.dorothycottonjubileesingers.org/

Peaches Gillette

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: Peaches Gillette is hosting a series of race-related writing workshops entitled We Will No Longer Hide. The workshops aim to deconstruct racism on a systematic level, revealing how people's thoughts and behaviors can be influenced by institutions. Participants will be asked to write about their own experiences with racism and reflect on them with the group. A CRF Grant will be used to help fund the workshops.

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: CRF will be used to provide payment to black, indigenous or artists of color performing for a community-focused arts addition to GIAC’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, celebrating his work in racial and social justice. In 2020, the event was held virtually with over 600 viewers either joining for the live Zoom or watching the recording that was live and for later viewing on YouTube. In 2022, GIAC’s hope is for an in-person event if the pandemic allows for it, otherwise we have proven we can put together a great show online as well. 

  • website: https://www.cityofithaca.org/327/Greater-Ithaca-Activities-Center

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: CRF will be used for payment for performers at the GIAC Black History Month Talent Show which focuses on celebrating the history of black, indigenous and/or people of color as performing artists. The event entertains while also bringing forward the message of racial justice advocacy and uniting the community in change toward fighting against racism. Performers include GIAC youth ages 4 through pre-teens and teens, adults who dance, sing, play instruments and who perform theatrical black facts taking on the performance from the perspective of the person they are sharing facts about. 

  • website: https://www.cityofithaca.org/327/Greater-Ithaca-Activities-Center

Luna Fiber Studio

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: Fermentation & Appropriation: A Book on Kim-Chi is a joint project of Luna Fiber Studio artists, led by Sarah Gotowka and the Youth Farm Project. The 10 page color illustrated book will focus not only on the traditional Korean method of fermenting cabbage, but will educate on the complexities of cultural appropriation and its intersections with systemic racism. The CRF will pay for 200 copies of the book and help pay illustrator and artists InShik Lee and Sarah Gotowka.
  • website: http://www.lunafiberstudio.com/

No Mas Lagrimas

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: While the original funded request was for summer art workshops for local latino youth, No Mas Lagrimas | Voices of Youth has decided to suspend in-door program activities as a response to recent surges in Covid-19 infections within Tompkins County. They will re-direct its activities and resources to the community's critical needs by holding cultural showcases during outdoor food distributions. Local artists and enthusiasts will be invited to showcase cultural artifacts of Hispanic/ LatinX origin at the NML headquarters park. Whether it is a musical performance, "manualidades" (crafts), or even storytelling, Voices of Youth believes a cultural exchange during distribution will both increase attendance, attract new community members but also promote a dire service during this difficult time. =
  • website: https://nmlagrimas.wordpress.com/

Story House Ithaca

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: Lifting the Cloud is a series of events related to storytelling and mental health. The program will host a documentary screening on the state of psychiatric care in the US, a writing workshop for those affected by mental illness, and a performance event featuring selections from the ReEntry Theatre Program’s “Delia Divided.” A Creative Recovery Fund Grant will be used to help put on these events.
  • website: http://storyhouseithaca.org

Village At Ithaca

  • Creative Recovery Fund
  • 2021: In Summer 2020, Village at Ithaca collaborated with Lisa Spring Orinda to make the Say Their Names Rock Garden. The art installation had hand-painted stones with the names of black and brown people killed by police. People who visited were encouraged to “take a rock, learn their stories, say their names.” A new installation of the project will be made with the help of a Creative Recovery Fund Grant.
  • website: https://villageatithaca.org/

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