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

Latest Grantees

All grant recipients listed alphabetically

Affiliated Choruses: Ithaca Gay Men's Choir

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

Ballet Guild

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Ithaca Ballet is a repertory dance company dedicated to bringing the art of ballet to the widest possible audience. With their usual live performance of the Nutcracker put on hold due to COVID restrictions, The Ithaca Ballet sought to bring an abridged digital version of the ballet to upstate New Yorkers. Expenses related to transforming the show for a virtual stage were covered by a GAP grant.
  • website: http://www.ithacaballet.org

Samuel Buggeln

  • The Cherry Arts
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Sam applied on behalf of The Cherry to present live streaming theatre, written by collective of writers, all exploring life under quarantine.
  • website: http://www.thecherry.org

John Bunge

  • Bunge
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Performance and recording of a new music for banjo, voila, clarinet and piano titled "A Canon for Reunion."
  • website: https://jab182.wixsite.com/johnbunge

Charity Burger

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" October 2020: Charity is transforming a school bus into an auxiliary workspace and Art Bus for community art making
  • website: http://yourartclub.com

Eva Capobianco

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Funds to help completion of new mixed media sculptural work for 2021 exhibit at State of the Art Gallery.
  • website: http://evasculpture.com
  • phone: 6073518974

Erin Caruth

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Erin is a mixed media artist who was invited to participate in a Corning Glass Intensive week-long workshop.
  • website: http://www.mudroomstudios.com

Mee Ae CaugheyClick for Artist Feature

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: "Visceral," five outdoor filmed dance performances, streamed through thecherry.org (Cherry Arts)
  • website: https://mandycaughey.wixsite.com/meeae

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

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

Civic Ensemble

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Civic Ensemble has a ReEntry Theatre Program for formerly incarcerated individuals to learn about playwriting and performance. The creative group work and collaboration that the program encourages helps them develop community and expand their network. A GAP Grant will be used to fund an online workshop and public reading of their new play Delia Divided about mental health and reentry, with two performances in Spring 2021.
  • website: http://civicensemble.org

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

Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: Kenneth and Ebonie McLaurin have partnered with the CCE again to bring their live virtual event “Ithaca is Black People Too” to our screens. The event aims to showcase Ithaca, New York's Black history and culture for the community. Poems, stories, and music curated from Ithaca’s Black community will be presented at the event. A GAP Grant was used to provide a film crew for the event and compensate artists.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: Local artist, Kenneth McLaurin, collaborated with the CCE to put on a Virtual Arts Festival featuring only Black creators. The All Black Entertainment Festival (ABE) seeks to celebrate Black artists and showcase their work to the community, front and center. A GAP Grant was used to pay for expenses to host the event and to compensate the artists for their work and time.
  • website: https://www.abeartsfestival.org/

Rachel Dickinson

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" October 2020: Costs associated with completion of a book of essays for Cornell University Press
  • website: http://racheldickinson.com

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers are a group dedicated to preserving the art of Negro Spiritual folk music. The chorus features singers of all ages, races, and various socioeconomic backgrounds who come together to celebrate this storied African-American tradition. A GAP Grant will help with their continued virtual concerts and a hopeful return to live performances in the Fall of 2021.
  • website: http://dorothycottonjubileesingers.com/

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Downtown Ithaca Alliance cares for the downtown area and organizes events that reflect the vibrant culture of downtown Ithaca. Gallery Night, a downtown staple, is a walking tour of downtown Ithaca’s galleries and artist workshops, hosted once a month. The DIA will use a GAP Grant to expand the reach of Gallery Night, adding new elements and continuing to upkeep their virtual galleries for a wider audience.
  • website: http://www.gallerynightithaca.com/

Dryden Intergenerational Band and Chorus

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Dryden Area Intergenerational Band & Chorus is an organization that supports two inclusive summer music ensembles, providing free resources to musicians and concerts for the community. At the end of their six-week program, they usually host a live concert, which was not possible last summer due to COVID restrictions. The DAIB&C received a GAP Grant that will help prepare for their annual summer concerts, whether they be virtual or in-person.
  • website: https://daibac.wixsite.com/daibac

Alison Fromme

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Alison, a local writer, has been awarded a grant to hire an editor for her finished manuscript.
  • website: http://www.alisonfromme.com

Lily Gershon

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Creation of a series of virtual puppet music videos for online audiences.
  • website: http://lilypadpuppettheatre.org

Sarah Gotowka

  • Luna Fiber Studio
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Sarah's Luna Fiber Studio moved from a remote 2nd floor location to a storefront in Trumansburg, an incredible opportunity to expand her dye and weaving studio.
  • website: http://www.lunafiberstudio.com

Hannah Graeper Carver

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Hannah had the opportunity to purchase a large gas kiln so that she can expand her business to offer soda firing workshops, and offer kiln space and workshops to the community!
  • website: http://www.hannahgraeperpottery.com

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) Adult Program is known for organizing cultural events and experiences for Greater Ithaca’s senior population. Some of their staple events are the monthly senior breakfasts and end-of-year holiday party, both of which have been entertained by local performers in the past. Bringing these multicultural experiences to the group of over 170 seniors is so important because of the few opportunities they have to enjoy the cultural wealth of the Greater Ithaca Area. Now, they have brought back musicians, storytellers, and poets for these events with the help of a GAP Grant.
  • website: http://www.cityofithaca.org/327/Greater-Ithaca-Activities-Center

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Groton Public Library

  • GAP Grant
  • 2021: The Groton Public Library seeks to provide access to media and information services to Groton, NY. In the past, they have hosted the Page Turner Theatrical Company at the library to put on performances for the community. In summer 2021, a GAP Grant will allow the library to host them once again for a series of virtual performances and pay for a projector that will allow for other virtual performances and events to take place.
  • website: https://grotonpubliclibrary.net/

Groton Recreation

  • Arts Education Grant
  • The goal of the fund is to support area artists and art groups to address the quadruple pandemics of COVID-19, economic recession, racism, and climate disaster. The Community Foundation of Tompkins County generously seeded the fund with $11,000, and th
  • website: http://www.grotonny.org/park-recreationA

Hangar Theatre

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

Sarah Hennies

  • Neighbors Gallery
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Sarah and Mara Baldwin founded Neighbors Gallery in downtown Ithaca in 2017. This local indie/DIY gallery spot is now on West Hill (larger!). Funds are for renovations.
  • website: http://www.sarah-hennies.com

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

Chris Holmes, and Kenneth McLaurin

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Chris and Kenneth have the opportunity to film a proof of concept film to use for further development for their script "10 Short Films About Race" www.kennethmclaurin.com, and chris' website below
  • website: http://www.littlewhaleproductions.com

Priscilla Hummel

  • Walking on Water Productions
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Purchase of equipment to produce theatrical work virtually and record future performances for Walking on Water Productions.
  • website: http://walkingonwaterproductions.org

Mary Beth Ihnken

  • 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

Ithaca Children's Garden

Ithaca Community Orchestra

Ithaca Murals

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • Sponsored by Southside Community Center, the grant is for a new Underground Railroad mural under the Green Street Bridge
  • 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

Irina Kassabova

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Virtual Art shipped for participation in the Contemporary Venice Art Fair in Italy.
  • website: http://irinakassabova.com

Elisa Keeler

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Elisa is a musician who will use her grant to professional record her compositions.
  • website: http://www.elisamusic.com

Elisa Keeler

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Completion of new album of 12 original songs for International online teaching
  • website: http://elisamusic.com

Elisa S. Keeler

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • A new choral composition, recording, sheet music and virtual choir video featuring local gospel musicians and choir participants. The song will be premiered online and available on YouTube.

Elisa Sciscioli Keeler

  • Arts Education Grant
  • Voices for Social Justice Project at Trumansburg's Russell Doig Middle School.
  • website: http://musicforunity.org

Sorayya Khan

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Sorraya is a writer who will be speaking and presenting at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference panel in Texas.
  • website: http://www.sorayyakhan.com

Kitchen Theatre

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

Rachel Lampert

Becky Lane

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Becky is a filmmaker who will be using her grant to cover the submission fees for a Virtual Reality proposal for the Oculus Launch Pad Fellowship.
  • website: http://www.beckylane.com

Latino Civic Association

Jay LeemingClick for Artist Feature

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Jay is a writer using his grant to cover the costs associated with his series of storytelling events being hosted at The Cherry.
  • website: http://www.jayleeming.com

Mary Lorson

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Mary is a filmmaker and musician, currently working on a project titled "Senior Year, The Podcast" which features interviews with high school seniors.
  • website: http://www.marylorson.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

Edith Otchin McCrea

  • Magic Garden Puppets
  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Edith is the director of Magic Garden Puppets (now part of Lilypad Puppet Theater). She is launching a new expanded company with the opportunity to create an adaptation of a new children's piece.
  • website: http://www.lilypadpuppettheatre.org

Elbonee (SingTrece) McLaurin

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" October 2020: Album of new songs with professional electronic press kit, and a merchandise package.
  • website: http://SingTrece.com

Kenneth McLaurin

  • Arts Education Grant
  • Joint project with Cornell Cooperative Extension:"Stories from Not Old People"
  • website: http://kennethmclaurin.com

Kenneth McLaurin

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Creating the Short Film, "So You Think You're Anti-Racist Competition" with theatrical trailer and press kit.
  • website: http://kennethmclaurin.com

Leanora Erica Mims

  • Arts Education Grant
  • Developing STEM.ORG Artistic Expression with the Hearts and Hands Quilt by the students who were in the James L. Gibbs After school Program at the Southside Community Center in 2012.

Juan Manuel Aldape Munoz

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • To develop the dance theater production ​Regio (Royal) in collaboration with Latinx community members in Ithaca on May, 2021. ​Regio (Royal) employs contemporary dance and puppetry to share stories about Latinx immigrant workers affected by the COVID-
  • 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

David Neal

Newfiield Public Library

Nia Nunn

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Nia is a performer who will be using her grant to secure a brand, a website, and additional materials for performance based lectures.
  • website: https://faculty.ithaca.edu/nnunn/

Nia Nunn

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Development of video for the Cornell Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP)and Black Consciousness Curriculum.
  • website: http://drnianunn.com

Suzanne Onodera

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Completion of artwork for "Hawaii After the War: A Story of Two Families"
  • website: http://sonodera.com

Terry Plater

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2020: Solo show at Schweinfurth Art Center, and the Museum of Art and History in Auburn for paintings in exhibit "Legacies of Harriet's World."
  • website: http://terryplater.com

Jari Poulin

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Jari is developing and publishing an Exhibition Proposal Catalog for award winning bodies of work to seek further opportunities for exhibits.
  • website: http://www.jaripoulin.com

Primary Performance Group Jim Self

Bradley Rappa

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Bradley is a filmmaker invited to an exclusive Iceland residency on Global Warming.
  • website: http://www.tensquaremiles.org

Emily Richards

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Emily is a musician attending the American Choral Directors Conference.

Hank Roberts

  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Hank is producing a Sextet Ensemble recording, riding the wave a feature in the international jazz magazine, to use as a calling card for future festivals, touring, film and grant applications.
  • website: http://www.hankrobertsmusic.com

Karen Rodriguez

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Karen has the opportunity to create a film centering around local jazz dance instructor Nancy Gaspar and an upcoming performance.
  • website: http://www.karenrodriguez.net

Laura Kay Rowley

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

Jaclyn Smith

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Jaclyn has the opportunity to present an evening of a reading from her short fiction, on living with autism, followed by a Q&A.

Christi Sobel

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Christi is a visual artist working on the establishment of the "Little Red Wagon" annual craft show LLC.
  • website: http://www.christisobel.com

Paulina Velazquez Solis

  • Artist in Community Grant
  • to support the development of a new body of work including video and photography on the theme of rivers, local and from travels. le by the obstacles of migration and the pandemic.

Southside Community Center, for Ithaca Murals

Southworth Library Association

State of the Art Gallery

State Theatre

State Theatre

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

Steven Stull

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Steve is a vocalist using this grant as an opportunity to perform and commission further work.
  • website: http://www.operacowpokes.com

Caleb R Thomas

Triphammer Arts for "Masters of Movement"

Triphammer Arts

Triphammer Arts

Melissa Tuckey

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Melissa is an author who will be updating her website and creating other media for her upcoming promotions.
  • website: http://www.melissatuckey.net

Village at Ithaca

  • GAP Grant
  • "Stolen Joy" an opportunity for local people of color to tell their stories of a time when their joy was stolen by the oppressive hand of an educational system designed to oppress. In the =resultant film, stories are told by local actors.
  • website: http://www.villageatithaca..org

Village at Ithaca (for Circus Culture Ithaca)

Walking on Water Productions

  • GAP Grant
  • "Comfort Food," musical

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

Treacy Ziegler

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" MARCH 2020: Treacy has the amazing opportunity of a solo exhibit at the Erie Art Museum, in which she'll be able to exhibit (for the first time) massive (56 feet length) animal sculptures paper cast from letters from prisoners she receives as art di
  • website: http://www.treacyzieglerfineart.com

Annemarie Zwack

  • Specific Opportunity Stipend
  • "SOS" OCTOBER 2019: Annemarie is a visual artist who works with community public art projects. SOS supports her invitation to speak and present at the Boston Arts Equity Summit.
  • website: http://www.zwackart.com