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

Latest Grantees

All grant recipients listed alphabetically

Kathy Armstrong

  • Public Art Grant
  • Kathy Armstrong, based in Rochester, was the lead artist on this mural in the village of Trumansburg.
  • website: http://kathyarmstrongfineart.com

Rebecca Barry

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: Rebecca has the opportunity to produce a TV pilot, and this grant is for the mentorship she needs to move forward.
  • website: http://www.recipesforabeautifullife.com

Janet Batch

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Janet Batch is a singer-songwriter and frontwoman of an alt-country band. This spring and summer, she is organizing a PR campaign for the premiere release of her upcoming music video as well as gearing up to hit the road.
  • website: http://www.janetbatch.com/

Janet Batch

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: Funds support the release of her newest album.
  • website: http://www.janetbatch.com

Black Hands Universal

Black Hands Universal

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Live Community Performance Ending the Downtown Black Market. They will have multiple artists perform live at the Ithaca Commons to help wrap up a series of weekly performances for the new up and coming BIPOC market.
  • website: http://blackhandsuniversal.com

Regi Carpenter

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Regi is a storyteller, performer and workshop leader. SOS will help her take her "Grief Speaks" storytelling workshops online.
  • website: http://www.regicarpenter.com

Regi Carpenter

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: Stories Alive!, a storytelling residency, will serve children in 3 virtual classrooms that include students from the entire ICSD. Students will create and share an original or traditional story in the following ways: tandem telling, online community presentations, podcasts, readers' theater, individual telling’s, illustrations, or other forms of written and verbal communication commensurate with their abilities. Regi Carpenter has been a teaching artist, performer, author, and workshop leader since 1998. She has taught extensively in schools and colleges throughout the country.
  • website: http://www.regicarpenter.com

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://CCOithaca.org

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble

The Cherry Arts

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: https://www.thecherry.org

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/

Cinemapolis

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://www.cinemapolis.org

Circus Culture

Circus Culture

Circus Culture

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Circus Connections 2022 Summer Tour. Circus Culture will create a 4-week touring circus show that will travel around Ithaca, NY performing free outdoor circus shows for all during summer 2022. Circus Culture is Ithaca’s very own circus school and regional producer of accessible circus arts performance. Circus Culture provides access to diverse circus experiences and never turns anyone away due to lack of funds.
  • website: http://circusculture.org

Circus Culture

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: The Village Circus will start its second annual year of bringing circus learning and appreciation to specific youth currently being served by Village at Ithaca. The project includes: learning techniques and cultural context of different circus disciplines, choreographing artistic movements with their newfound techniques to express themselves, and performing for their families and community. Students will be learning circus in person at Circus Culture’s studio on thursdays from 4pm-5:15pm and weekly sessions will culminate in a show in a downtown Ithaca public park for the community in Summer 2022.
  • website: http://www.circusculture.org

Civic Ensemble

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://www.civicensemble.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/

Civic Ensemble

Civic Ensemble

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: The Civic Ensemble Youth Forum Theatre Troupe is a creative ensemble of young people aiming to explore and impact topics that are important to them in their community through theatre. Meeting weekly from November through April, this group will build theatre skills, build community, and create a piece of original Forum Theatre to be shared with an audience.
  • website: http://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/

Community School of Music & Arts

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://csma-ithaca.org

Nicole Costa

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Nicole Costa is creating, cultivating and installing artwork for a show in the CAP Art Space during the month of November 2022. Costa is a mixed media visual artist who creates acrylic paintings on newspaper, sculpture/installations with cardboard, and papier-mâché masks.
  • website: http://n-costa.squarespace.com/

CUMEP

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: To attract a visit from author Jason Reynold for a visual performance and fishbowl conversation on the stage of the State Theatre, selected Black-Youth-Emerging-Artists (temporarily BYEA) will meet with Dr. Nia Nunn to read the book STAMPED as a collective, develop a docuseries of the experience, and create art as a response throughout the process.
  • website: http://CUMEP.org

Danby Community Center

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Danby Community Council (DCC) will present a series of concerts in various types of music (classical chamber music, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and world music) with free admission and in accessible locations (out doors in Danby parks and public areas, in the Danby Town Hall if allowed due to COVID restrictions, and/or by Zoom). The DCC began presenting a concert series in 1999. The goals of the series remain appropriate and valuable to this day: 1) To bring people together in enjoyable and enriching activities. 2) To bring high quality artistic events, appealing to a diverse range of age groups and musical tastes. 3) To make concerts accessible to residents for whom cost and travel is a concern. 4) To make use of the Danby Town Hall (and adjacent public spaces) as a community center for the benefit of citizens. 5) To help create a sense of community within the Town of Danby. To meet these goals, all DCC concerts (at the Danby Town Hall or on Zoom) are free and open to everyone.
  • website: http://danbycc.org

Daraisi

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Daraisi is a professionally trained Hip-Hop Dance and Culture artist. Daraisi will create a statement piece for The Southside Community Centers Juneteenth Celebration, touching on the experiences of black men in the LGBTQ community, specifically trans, gender-fluid, and feminine black men.

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

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/

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) plans in-person performances starting in January 2022. During the year they will present 3-4 full-length concerts in population centers of Tompkins County. Youth Singers will also return to live performances. The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers is a community chorus dedicated to the preservation of the Negro Spiritual. Their performance repertoire also includes gospel and other music with African American roots.
  • website: http://dorothycottonjubileesingers.org

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Downtown Ithaca Alliance will operate the monthly Gallery Night Ithaca – a monthly event happening each first Friday of the month to promote artists and art exhibits at over 20 galleries and exhibit spaces in a “walkable” range in and around Downtown Ithaca. Downtown Ithaca is the economic, social, and cultural heart of Tompkins County. DIA--the organization behind the place, advocates for downtown, cares for downtown, promotes downtown, and programs for downtown to ensure it’s the vibrant cultural epicenter of the community.
  • website: http://gallerynightithaca.com

Kate Doyle

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Funds are supporting Kate's attendance at Creative Residency Program, Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, in Georgia.
  • website: http://www.katedoylewriter.com

Kate Doyle

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: Funds are going towards Kate's attendance at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
  • website: http://www.katedoylewriter.com

Dryden Intergenerational Band & Chorus

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The DAIB&C will provide professional musical directors, sheet music, rehearsal and concert venues for open band and chorus ensembles free-of-charge to all area amateur musicians of any age and skill level from Tompkins and surrounding counties, in six weekly fun and non- competitive rehearsals, culminating in two free concerts in early August open to the community. The Dryden Area Intergenerational Band and Chorus supports two short-term, non-auditioned and free summer music ensembles for residents and visitors of any age and varied music skill in the Dryden and nearby rural communities.
  • website: http://daibc.org

Christine Elfman

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Christine (photographer) received funds for her solo exhibition "Hold Fast," at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City.
  • website: https://www.christineelfman.com/

Family and Children's Services

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: F&CS will commission a mural to be painted on the rear wall of our building, which faces onto Press Bay Alley, and Green Street, with the celebration of the completed mural planned to coincide with a public event in Press Bay Alley for May is Mental Health Month, featuring information about F&CS programs and services. Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca supports, promotes, and strengthens the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services, with a particular sensitivity towards the needs of children.
  • website: https://www.fcsith.org/

Fitz & Startz Productions

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Fitz&Startz Productions will present five performances of I Have a Song to Sing O!—a family musical at Kitchen Theatre in Fall 2022, four on two successive Saturdays and one after-school performance. Fitz&Startz Productions creates work for family audiences that explore the nature of theater, music, dance, and performance to encourage curiosity, imagination, and empathy and new ways to tell stories.
  • website: http://fitzandstartzproductions.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.

Robert W. Grant

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Robert W. Grant creates colorful and thematic paintings, primarily acrylic on canvas. The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) has selected Robert to host “Colours Out of Chaos” exhibit this coming July.
  • website: http://www.Grantiste.com

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

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is a large multicultural community center founded in 1972 and located in the heart of downtown Ithaca. As described in its mission, GIAC serves people of all ages, particularly youth, teens, and seniors, by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development. This grant would allow the GIAC Adult Program to provide a variety of multi-cultural, artistic performances at the monthly Senior Breakfasts and an end-of-the-year holiday party, either in-person or virtually.
  • website: http://cityofithaca.org/327/Greater-Ithaca-Activities-Center

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: The GIAC Jumpers will engage in cultural exchange and experience ambassadorship through 10 sessions of Tap Dance, African Dance, Jump Rope, Music education, STEP & ASL (American Sign Language); each will empower and strengthen their self-reliance. Youth Participants will have the opportunity to learn from professionals in each element and put it together, choreograph, and debut their piece for our community performances.
  • website: http://www.cityofithaca.org/327/Greater-Ithaca-Activities-Center

Lesley Lisa Greene

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Lesley Lia Greene is a theater artist who has written and directed several short plays. Lesley will have a workshop and public discussion of her play-in-progress "The Turnaway Play." The discussion will take place in Ithaca, in a free forum hosted by Story House Ithaca.

Groton Public Library

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Groton Public Library (GPL) plans to once again host free in-person entertainment for our community during the summer of 2022. Groton Public Library’s mission is to promote literacy by providing a wide range of reading for all ages in many formats and to serve as a center for community information services.
  • website: http://grotonpubliclibrary.net

Groton Village

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Village of Groton will promote and facilitate the “Groton Summer Concert Series” on Main Street by offering 8 weekly concerts beginning in early July and commencing in late August on Friday nights from 6:30-9:00pm. These events are for community members of all ages and the general public so that they may experience quality musical performances. Groton Recreation offers a wide range of year-round community events, youth sports, and summer programs. For these events, theiir mission is to provide the Groton community and surrounding areas, the opportunity to gather with friends and family to enjoy a variety of local musical artists.
  • website: http://grotonny.org/

Groton Village

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Groton Senior Art Group plans to sponsor an art show in the Town of Groton in mid-August 2022 in conjunction with the town's Olde Home Days. The mission of the Groton Senior Art Group is to provide area senior citizens with the opportunity to learn watercolor and or acrylics painting and provides an opportunity to network with other seniors interested in painting.
  • website: http://grotonny.org

Hangar Theatre

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://hangartheatre.org

History Center in Tompkins County

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://thehistorycenter.net

Danielle Hodgins

  • Public Art Grant
  • Danielle, a Houston TX artist completed her mural on the Route 13 public works building in 2018.
  • email: dahodgins@aol.com

Homecoming Players

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: Homecoming Players received funds for their upcoming production of "A Great Wilderness"
  • website: http://www.homecomingplayers.org

Homecoming Players

Mary Beth IhnkenMember of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail

  • Public Art Grant
  • Mary Beth, an Ithaca artist, completed a mural on the Collegetown Parking garage on Dryden Road in 2018.
  • website: http://mbihnken.com

IPEI Mural

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) facilitates community connections and support for students and teachers of the Ithaca City School District through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. Mary Beth Ihnken plans to create an exterior mural on the North facing wall of Dolce Delight at 1080 Danby Rd. The subject matter will be a landscape of Cayuga Lake with large round hay bales. Mary Beth Ihnken is an artist living in Brooktondale, NY. Mary Beth has been a working artist in the Ithaca area since 1994. She has painted countless public murals in schools, museums, public and private spaces.
  • website: http://mbihnken.com

Ithaca Childrens Garden

Ithaca City of Asylum

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) serves CTA’s goal of human rights advocacy. As the primary Tompkins County organization furthering freedom of speech, ICOA supports writers and artists in exile to live in safety and continue their work. “Voices of Freedom,” an annual observation of Banned Books week, will feature our current Artist in Residence, Dmitry Bykov. As this event also celebrates ICOA’s 21st year, Bykov will be joined by former ICOA artists Pedro X. Molina, Yi Ping, Raza Rumi, and Sonali Samarasinghe.
  • website: http://ithacacityofasylum.org

Ithaca Community Orchestra

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The ICO endeavors to facilitate an orchestral performance experience for instrumentalists from the community that is accessible regardless of musical experience or level of training. The ICO, comprised of approximately 55 Tompkins County residents, holds weekly rehearsals where all members gather to prepare repertoire and enjoy fellowship. The ensemble schedule follows the academic calendar as many members are students or faculty/staff at Cornell University or Ithaca College. The ICO presents two concerts per year, one in December and the second in late April or early May depending upon venue availability. The repertoire for each concert is centered around a theme for the purpose of focusing the listening experience or illuminating a musical message. They strive to perform in spaces that are conducive to orchestral performance, comfortable and accessible for their members and guests, and centrally located to encourage community attendance. While they accept donations at our concerts, there is no fee for entry as a means of ensuring that all have access to a live musical performance experience regardless of financial situation.
  • website: http://ithacacommunityorchestra.org/

Ithaca Concert Band

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: In its forty-sixth year of providing free public concerts in Tompkins County, The Ithaca Concert Band requests funding to continue to do so with a ten-concert season. Since its founding in 1976, the ICB has been an outlet for adults to continue playing their instruments in a large ensemble of which they can be proud. The ICB’s success in that pursuit is evident in the new members who join every year, in the large seasoned member contingent who have played in the ensemble for over ten years and in the professional soloists, conductors and composers who seek to collaborate with them
  • website: http://ithacaconcertband.org

Ithaca Festival

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Ithaca Festival will host live art at the festival in 2022 in a variety of disciplines. The artists will be provided with a space and stipend to host their demonstrations. Ithaca Festival is an annual celebration of the community of Ithaca and its diverse group of artists. The primary purpose of the Festival is to support the arts and artists in Tompkins County and to Celebrate the artist in Everyone.
  • website: http://ithacafestival.org

Ithaca Murals

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Ithaca Murals is a network of people transforming gray walls into meaningful works of art. They will build an advisory team and working board for Ithaca Murals and join the Center for Transformative Action as their umbrella nonprofit organization.
  • website: http://ithacamurals.com

Ithaca Shakespeare Company

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://www.ithacashakespeare.org

Elisa Keeler

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • SOS MARCH 2021: Elisa is a singer, composer and teacher. SOS funds will help with recording costs of new neo-soul music for international online teaching.
  • website: http://www.elisamusic.com

Elisa Keeler

Elisa S. Keeler

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2021: Elisa S. Keeler will be creating a virtual choir video featuring her original music. The song features a strong message of social justice and is performed by local singers of all kinds, picked from multiple diverse choirs. The professional audio and video editing, as well as the artist’s fee, will be funded by an Artist In Community Grant. The video will be premiered online and available on YouTube.

Elisa Sciscioli Keeler

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Elisa Keeler and Shyla Saltzman have developed a unit of study for students at Russell Doig Middle School called Voices for Social Justice. The program connects music from history and today to social change movements, allowing for students to reflect on how they are intertwined. There will also be an opportunity for some students to perform the original song “Lift Each Other Higher” in a choir, further adding to the conversations they’ve been learning about. An Arts Ed Grant was used to compensate the teaching artists and other personnel involved.
  • website: http://musicforunity.org

Kitchen Theatre

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://kitchentheatre.org

Lansing Library

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Lansing Community Library will present a comprehensive, interesting, and exciting summer reading program for all members of their rural community. The program includes free cultural events to families in Lansing and the surrounding area. They will use the Collaborative Summer Reading national theme of “An Ocean of Possibilities!” as their inspiration and guide for summer 2022. Their summer program is designed to integrate music, storytelling, art, and reading. All programs will be free of charge and open to all.
  • website: http://lansinglibrary.org

Latino Civic Ensemble

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: CULTURA Ithaca and the Latino Civic Association will organize several events focusing on Latine arts and culture in various locations near downtown Ithaca and/or online as part of the regularly scheduled annual activities. CULTURA Ithaca strives to foster and share Latino and Latin American culture with the Ithaca community through easily-accessible, free or low-cost arts-based educational experiences and cultural events offered throughout the year. The Latino Civic Association provides a vehicle for social, cultural, educational, and civic expression of the Latino community in Tompkins County; through programs that strengthen Latine heritage and cultural pride.
  • website: http://culturaithaca.com

Jay Leeming

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Jay is storyteller, and funds supported the purchase of a quality microphone for his podcasts, recordings, festival submissions, and online events.
  • website: http://www.jayleeming.com

Louis DiPietro

  • Louiston
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Louiston is hiring a four-piece string ensemble and other local musicians to collaborate on the next Louiston album, to be recorded at Sunwood Recording in Trumansburg.
  • website: https://louistonmusic.com

Mark Robertson Luchs

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/

Luna Fiber Studio

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Sarah Gotowka is the owner and director of Luna Fiber Studio, a natural dye and weaving studio in Trumansburg. Sarah will be traveling to study indigo dye techniques in Korea for Luna Fiber Studio.
  • website: http://www.lunafiberstudio.com

Nestor Madalengoitia

  • Public Art Grant
  • Nestor, from Poughkeepsie, NY, completed this mural of Ezra Cornell at the Tompkins County Public Library in 2017.
  • website: http://www.nestorart.com

Mama's Comfort Camp

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2022 Artist in Community Grant: Mama's Comfort Camp is raising money for season three of Motherhood is a Joke and the 2nd annual Listen to the Mothers Celebration on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday May 7th. The project includes a comedy writing and performance course, a live performance during a community celebration, and a film documenting the program from its inception in Fall of 2019 and through the rollercoaster of mothering and creating through the pandemic. Mama’s Comfort Camp (MCC) is an emotional support network where moms from around the world (and across the street) generate support and comfort through conversation and shared experiences. They provide peer mental health support for mothers and caregivers experiencing guilt, shame, and anxiety—the leading causes of postpartum depression/maternal suicide. They facilitate the asking and the receiving of help, and amplify the voices of parents and caregivers over matters of policy and social justice.
  • website: http://motherup.org/programs

Kenneth McLaurin

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Kenneth McLaurin and Christopher Holmes will be hosting a workshop on digital storytelling for high school students. The students will be tasked with creating a short video revolving around the theme of 2020. This program will help students learn how to express their experiences through the medium of video and expand their perspectives by viewing the stories of others. An Arts Education Grant was used to compensate the teaching artists and provide materials for the students.
  • website: http://kennethmclaurin.com

Kenneth McLaurin

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021 RESTART: "Stand Up for Diversity" comedy series and "Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes" with "SingTrece" McLaurin.
  • website: https://www.kennethmclaurin.com/

Erkia Medina

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: Funds helped Erika with the equipment she needs to be a vendor at the Farmers Market - a great opportunity.
  • website: http://www.erikamedinaart.com

Leanora Mims

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2021: Leanora Erica Mims is a STEM educator and cloth artist who will be hosting the “Hearts and Hands” Quilt Program for 5th-8th Graders at DeWitt Middle School. The program combines the literary art of haiku and the physical art of quiltmaking to teach students about the history of textiles and quilts in African-American communities. Each student will be responsible for their own quilt square. An Arts Education Grant will be used to cover the cost of materials to make and assemble the quilt.

Leanora Mims

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Leanora is a fiber artist whose quilts tell the stories of individuals, families and communities. SOS supported Leanora's membership in the annual Greater Ithaca Art Trail.

Tahlia Mintz

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2022 Artist in Community Grant: The Prayer Tree Project is an interactive community invitation to create healing. Using materials from the natural world, fabric, and sun-exposure, Tahlia Mintz will collaborate with community members to create prayers placed on a tree and then released into the community.
  • website: http://tahila.net

Juan Manuel Aldape Munoz

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2021: Juan Manuel Aldape Munoz is a choreographer and storyteller. His latest project, Regio, uses puppetry and movement to express the story of migrant factory workers who have had to endure unsafe working conditions during the pandemic. The performance was converted to a video medium to follow COVID-19 guidelines and allow more people to safely view it. An Artist In Community Grant funded the materials needed for recording and production.
  • website: http://www.juanmaldape.com

Joanna Murphy

  • Public Art Grant
  • Joanna, from Delhi, NY, created a mural at the main intersection in the village of Dryden depicting village life. Completed 2018.
  • website: http://www.joannamurphy.com

Museum of the Earth/Cayuga Nature Center

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: https://www.priweb.org

Neighbors Gallery

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: SOS funds supported the artists, and costs associated with the Neighbors Gallery on West Hill.
  • website: http://www.neighborsgallery.com

Newfield Public Library

Newfield Public Library

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Theatre Arts will be a focus for the Newfield Public Library in 2022. The “Community Plays” project is a collection of events that brings theatre to the Newfield community, celebrates the outstanding efforts of the school’s Drama Club, and kicks off the library’s Summer Reading Program in a very exciting way. “Theatre Night” will take place in late June at the backyard pavilion behind the Newfield Public Library. This event will set the stage for their Summer Reading Program (SRP) which promotes reading and enrichment activities all summer long. The Newfield Public Library (NPL) offers a comprehensive collection of materials and provides resources, services, and programming to meet the informational and recreational needs of all members of our community.
  • website: http://newfieldpubliclibrary.org

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/

Novel Slices

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Novel Slices is a new literary magazine, co-founded by local writer Hardy Griffin. SOS supported fees associated with obtaining not-for-profit status.
  • website: http://www.novelslices.com

Josh Oxford

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: Josh has an amazing opportunity - an invitation to record many of his music compositions for PARMA records.
  • website: http://www.joshoxford.com

Sue Perlgut

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2021: For "Feminist Theater Past and Present" zoom presentations in collaboration with eCornell.
  • website: http://www.closetohomeproductions.com

Emma Plotkin

Ann Reichlin

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: Make Way for Play: Wilderness Case Study connects art to play as a way to foster creative thinking, problem solving, social skills, early literacy, and joy for the process of making art. Ann Reichlin will work with each kindergartener at Caroline Elementary School to create an animal sculpture and habitat inspired by the creatures that live nearby. Teachers will use the animal sculptures and habitats as part of their Wilderness Case Study to develop literacy, curiosity, and knowledge of the natural world.
  • website: http://www.annreichlin.com/

Ann Reichlin

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: The Puppet Workshop will provide the first graders at Caroline Elementary School an opportunity to create puppets and puppet theaters. This workshop will simultaneously support first grade literacy goals and enable kids to stretch their imaginations. Ann Reichlin will work closely with classroom teachers to tailor the workshop to curricular needs.
  • website: http://www.annreichlin.com/

Laura Kay Rowley

  • Illuminated Press
  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2021: Laura Rowley is a printmaking artist whose specialty is making small editions of handmade books. Her latest project is two zines that aim to show the realities of being homeless and help those that are currently struggling with it by providing information about resources. A few hundred copies are to be made and shared around. The materials and artist’s fees will be funded by an Artist in Community Grant.
  • website: http://www.illuminatedpress.org

Running to Places

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://www.runningtoplaces.org

Sciencenter

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://www.sciencenter.org

Norman Scott

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Norman Scott has been invited by the Beyond Art Collective in Ithaca to collaborate and submit sculptural/installation works for an immersive community art show in April 2022. Norman makes sculptural objects referencing fictional machines, functional soundmaking devices, and interactive audio installations.
  • website: https://normscott.com

See Beyond Art

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021 RESTART: The Beyond Immersive Art Experience reached over 10,000 people as a five month pop up art happening on the Ithaca Commons.
  • website: https://www.seebeyond.art/

Elizabeth Seldin

  • Clockmaker Arts
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Elizabeth is an artistic director, playwright, producer, and teaching artist. the grant cover costs associated with "The Hope Project" at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center.
  • website: http://www.clockmakerarts.com

Jim Self

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2022 Artist in Community Grant: Jim Self is creating a multiple layered project performed memoires, community conversation, movement dialogues, and informal showings on the subjects of LGBTQ senior expressions, the aging moving body, memory, and legacy. Events will take place in June 2022 at Cherry Art Space. Specific dates and times to be determined in coordination with the host venue.
  • website: http://jimboself.com

Senior Theatre Troupe

Senior Theatre Troupe

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: This is the 23rd year for the Senior Troupe at Lifelong. Each season, spring and fall they perform a play comprised of stories from their lives, developed through improvisational theatre workshops held at Lifelong. They are planning on in person meetings once a week for 1 or 1.5 hours as they prepare the play for SpringWrites. The mission of Lifelong is to enhance the lives of older adults in Tompkins County by providing health and wellness, creative arts, and learning opportunities for adults age 50+.
  • website: https://closetohomeproductions.com/senior-theater-troupe/

Paulina Velazquez Solis

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2021: Paulina Velázquez Solís is a multimedia visual artist whose latest project is an homage to the rivers in her life. The project, “A river of all ages”, features a series of mediums including photography, drawing, and animation. From the Six Mile Creek to rivers in Mexico and Costa Rica, Paulina connects each river to herself and, in turn, to each other. The creation and production of “A river of all ages” were partially funded by an Artist In Community Grant.

Southside Community Center

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Southside Community Center would like to take their girls on a trip to Atlanta, GA. Their goal for this trip is to experience Black culture outside of Ithaca, in hopes that these experiences will further develop their artistic skills, views, and truths.
  • website: http://sspride.org

Southworth Library

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Summer at the Library! Program will provide three unique programs for families and individuals in their area including Tom Knight’s All New Traveling Puppet Show, Silly Lily Puppet Show and puppet making workshop and Perry Ground: stories from the Longhouse. Families who participate will be able to make a puppet, learn about the Haudenosaunee culture and enjoy simple entertainment. Southworth Library's mission is to serve as a center for enrichment, education, technology access and information to the Dryden Community through resources both print and digital, programs, events and activities. They are committed to bringing multicultural and diverse programming to their community and providing an inclusive environment.
  • website: http://southworthlibrary.org

State of the Art Gallery

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The gallery will have monthly member exhibits, invite guest artists to show their work, expand the online presence, offer special programs for students of all ages, and keep the public informed through Facebook, Instagram, the newsletter, gallery blog, and the website. State of the Art Gallery is owned and operated by its 25 artist members. All members donate their time on committees and in staffing the gallery. The exhibits are free and open to the public. This ground-level space is ADA accessible. Historically, attendance at their Opening Receptions has averaged 280 each month. Their audience includes visitors of all ages from around the region, as well as Ithaca tourists. With an annual attendance between 7,000 and 8,000, they strive to enhance our community through the presentation of new, high caliber visual art exhibits every month. There is always new and exciting work to see.
  • website: http://soagithaca.org

State Theatre

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: http://stateofithaca.org

Jennie Stearns Lowe

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Jennie is a singer, composer, and performer. These funds will help promote her March '21 UK release of her latest recording.
  • website: http://www.jennielowemusic.com/home

Story House Ithaca

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: This new organization received funds for its inaugural production and launch of a community sourced video project, "Pandemic Dreams: An April Fools Fantasy."
  • website: http://www.storyhouseithaca.org

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

Story House Ithaca

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: “Storytelling in Rural Areas” will bring master storytellers Regi Carpenter and Jay Leeming to rural libraries in Tompkins County to present five storytelling workshops and five performances in the spring and summer of 2022. Story House Ithaca brings people together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Story House Ithaca is a project of the Center for Transformative Action.
  • website: http://storyhouseithaca.org

Story House Ithaca

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The “Better than Black Panther Film Festival” is a four-evening pilot for an ongoing series of in-person screenings featuring films that are written by, directed by, and star Black American and African people. Story House Ithaca brings people together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Story House Ithaca is a project of the Center for Transformative Action.
  • website: http://storyhouseithaca.org

Marietta Synodis

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • SOS MARCH 2021: Marietta is a performative storyteller. Support is for her "This is Ithaca" podcast series, airing on WRFI and representing many different voices of the Ithaca Community.
  • website: https://thisithaca.org/

The Cherry Arts, Inc.

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: The Cherry Arts is expanding into creating and exhibiting visual art, in connection with a segment of Ithaca’s low-income and recently housing-insecure communities. They are commissioning a work of public art to be created on the Arthaus, painted by a local artist in collaboration with the residents themselves.
  • website: http://www.thecherry.org

The Rest Gallery

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: The Rest Gallery is a gathering place for emerging artists and the public. They will build an interactive website that features current and upcoming exhibitions and highlights and sells artists’ work.
  • website: http://www.therestithaca.com

Theatre incognita

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2021: Ross Haarstad, theatre director and producer, applied for funds to create a multimedia production of "Macbeth" with other local collaborators.
  • website: http://www.theatreincognita.org

Theatre Incognita

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Theatre Incognita is a community-based theater company focusing on local artists producing works in multiple venues with an emphasis on inclusivity. They will produce a multi-media, experimental production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for live in-person performance in Fall 2022, using local artists.
  • website: http://theatreincognita.org

Theatre Incognita

Triphammer Arts

Triphammer Arts

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Triphammer Arts will present two outdoor dance concerts featuring original choreography and improvisational dance performance, at the scenic CRS Growers organic farm. Triphammer Arts presents innovative programming with concerts of dance, music, and theatre, frequently developing collaborative multi-genre performances. They also support artists and organizations by providing rehearsal space and technical services.
  • website: http://triphammer.org

Triphammer Arts

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Triphammer Arts will offer a series of live music concerts, performed outdoors on the Drive-In, Barn, and Studio Stages overlooking Cayuga Lake at the CRS Growers farm in Lansing, NY. Triphammer Arts presents innovative programming with concerts of dance, music, and theatre, frequently developing collaborative multi-genre performances. They also support artists and organizations by providing rehearsal space and technical services.
  • website: http://triphammer.org

Grace Troxell

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

  • Arts & Cultural Org Development
  • General operating support, administered by CAP with funds from Tompkins County Tourism Program.
  • website: https://www.tburgconservatory.org

Ulysses Library

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: The Ulysses Philomathic Library will host two performances to supplement their 2022 Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities. The Ulysses Philomathic Library is an educational and cultural resource center which strives to meet the informational, creative and leisure needs of all community residents. To that end, the library will provide a broad collection of materials and access to a wide network of contemporary resources and media.
  • website: http://trumansburglibrary.org

Damaris Vazquez

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Damaris Vazquez and Black Girl Alchemy will be breaking new ground by creating unique blacklight reactive bodypaint portraiture together through their self-directed process to empower black women by honoring their black joy, bodies, and specific personal expressions.
  • website: https://www.damarisvazquez.com/

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/

Achala Wali

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Achala Wali is a visual artist working in multi-media, primarily graphite, inks, and pastel. Achala will present a solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art through their inaugural Central NY Regional Artists Exhibition Initiative from June 25–August 7, 2022.

Walking on Water Productions

Walking on Water Productions

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Walking on Water (WoW) will produce a live, in-person production of the musical Calvin Berger by Barry Wyner at Kitchen Theatre Company in July 2022. Walking on Water Productions (WoW) is a Tompkins County musical theatre company that empowers local theatre artists and presents both existing and new works that appeal to multi-generational audiences.
  • website: http://walkingonwaterproductions.org

Walking on Water Productions

  • GAP Grant
  • 2022 GAP Grant: Walking on Water Productions (WoW) will accept submissions of original musicals for consideration for a series of staged readings to be produced at the Cherry Artspace in November of 2022. Walking on Water Productions (WoW) is a Tompkins County musical theatre company that empowers local theatre artists and presents both existing and new works that appeal to multi-generational audiences.
  • website: http://walkingonwaterproductions.org

Walking on Water

  • Arts Education Grant
  • 2022 Arts Education Grant: New Roots Charter School and Walking on Water Productions (WoW) are partnering to create opportunities for students to leverage theatre arts as a form of creative expression to deepen their understanding of core curriculum concepts and sustainability issues.
  • website: http://walkingonwaterproductions.org

Maddy Walsh

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Maddy Walsh, the co-founder, lead singer, and songwriter of the band Maddy Walsh & the Blind Spots, will re-record and remix the song "Hey Boy" into two different versions--one Spanish, one electropop dance--with Miami-based Cuban producer Tony Laurencio.
  • website: http://www.MaddyWalsh.net

Linda Wingerter

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Linda is a puppeteer who will attend an invite-only Intensive Puppetry Training workshop.
  • website: http://www.stringpullers.com

Women's Opportunity Center

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2022 Artist in Community Grant: The Women's Opportunity Center is enlisting the talents and skill of local queer Colombian digital artist and muralist Yen Ospina (she/her) in the creation of a mural for its community room as part of a larger project to renovate their space to make it more comfortable, safe, and accessible to the women and children of the community. In particular, they intend to make the space available to children and families as a relaxing, supportive hang-out space as they wait for family members who have hearings, mediation, or court dates at Tompkins County Family Court across the street. The mural will be a central component of this project. Yen will be teaching and working with teens from a young women's mentorship group at GIAC, as well as from a local queer youth group, who will contribute to the mural and learn painting and design techniques.
  • website: https://www.womensopportunity.org

Annemarie Zwack

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Annemarie Zwack is a visual artist specializing in engaging communities in creating collaborative public art. Annemarie will work with BEYOND to create an immerisve art experience at the ArtHaus Gallery on Cherry St.
  • website: http://www.ZwackArt.com

Annemarie Zwack

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • 2022 Artist in Community Grant: Annemarie Zwack will work with Black Girl Alchemists at Southside Community Center, to create a series of portraits which Judge Seth Peacock would like to replace the portraits of former judges that currently adorn the walls of his courtroom.
  • website: http://zwackart.com

Anniemarie Zwack

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2022: Annemarie Zwack is a visual artist specializing in engaging communities in creating collaborative public art. Annemarie will work with BEYOND to create an immerisve art experience at the ArtHaus Gallery on Cherry St.
  • website: http://ZwackArt.com