Photo of Madder Rose. Billy Cote (left) and Mary Lorson (center) received a grant for a new “Madder Rose” release album. Provided photo

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Ithaca, NY – The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (CAP) is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Specific Opportunity Stipend Tompkins Grant, (SOS).  CAP has $24,000 to distribute in 2016 in two funding cycles, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.  In April, CAP received requests from 55 artists totaling $48,000, and funded 18 artists totaling $13,400.   The maximum request was $1,000 and awards range from $400 to $1,000.

The SOS Grant is designed to support Tompkins County artists who have opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional careers.

For over 25 years, the Community Arts Partnership has been connecting artists and audiences with our programs (Greater Ithaca Art Trail, Ithaca Artist Market, Spring Writes Literary Festival, CAPArtSpace Gallery), and helping artists make a life in Tompkins County through five grant programs, one-on-one artist services, and professional development workshops.

Photo of Madder Rose. Billy Cote (left) and Mary Lorson (center) received a grant for a new “Madder Rose” release album. Provided photo

Three of our grant programs are through New York State Council on the Arts and focus on Tompkins County communities and schools.  SOS is unique in that it is designed to provide financial assistance for an artist’s career opportunities that can come from anywhere in the world.

We know that, for a Tompkins County artist to make a living, they need to expand their exposure nationally or internationally. SOS provides that exposure and provides funds for travel, materials, fees and other costs that many grants (particularly NY state grants) do not cover.

The April 2016 SOS Grant recipients are:

  • Brian Arnold, Musician, Photographer, for Exhibit at Johnson Museum, Travel to Jakarta
  • Billy Cote, Musician, Recording Artist, for Studio Time
  • Dasha Presents, Theatre Group, for Performance
  • Mary Gilliland, Poet, for MASS MoCA residency
  • Ross Haarstad, Theatre Producer, Director, for Production of New Work
  • Momoko Takeshita Keane, Ceramist, for Smithsonian Craft Show
  • Hobit Lafaye, Photographer, for Workshop Attendance
  • Mary Lorson, Musician and Composer, for Studio Time
  • Erica Mims, Cloth artist, to Support Collaborations
  • David Neal, Baritone, for Commission and Performance
  • Matthew Ocone, Musician, to Develop New Work
  • Jacqueline Richardson, Jeweler, for Equipment
  • Jim Self, Performer, Visual Artist, for Exhibit Opportunity
  • Elizabeth Shuhan, Musician, for Studio Time
  • Karlem Sivira, Photo and Video Artist, for International Opportunity
  • Sera Smolen, Musician, for Documentation of Teaching Materials
  • Melissa Zarem, Visual Artist, for Residency
  • Treacy Ziegler, Visual Artist, for California Solo Exhibit
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Jolene Almendarez

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