ITHACA, N.Y. — Several arts and culture programs in Tompkins County are getting a financial boost from the New York State Council on the Arts grants.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $41.26 million for 1,230 cultural and arts organizations throughout the state. In total, 11 organizations in Tompkins County will receive more than $400,000. The funding will support a literary festival, a history heritage center and local theater and cinema.

“These grants reinforce New York’s role as a global cultural destination, promote learning for all ages, cultivate creativity, and build community,” Cuomo said in a news release. “From world-renowned cultural centers like Carnegie Hall to high quality public art programs, in-school arts education, and free performances, New York is a hub of cultural activity and artistic talent, and we must ensure that art is accessible to all New Yorkers.”

Tompkins County grants include:

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra | $10,000 | Support to produce the 2011-2012 35th Anniversary Season, which includes four orchestral concerts, four chamber concerts, one winter pops event and one holiday concert.

Center for the Arts at Ithaca | $31,696 | The center received three grants. One grant will fund an extracurricular program for fourth graders in Tompkins County to write and perform original plays with help of Hangar teaching artists, another will allow Hangar Theatre to upgrade spotlights. The third grant is for general operating support.

Community Arts Partnership | $128,400 | CAP also received three grants. One grant will help fund the Spring Writes Literary Festival, which features more than 30 literary-themed events in more than 10 locations in downtown Ithaca.

Community School of Music & Arts | $30,000 | Grant will support general operations.

Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts | $18,000 | The grant will support Saltonstall residencies and community events. The Saltonstall Foundation has ongoing programs including juried residencies, local teacher residencies, self-directed retreats, open house events and public readings and exhibitions.

Cornell University | $29,693 | Grant will support Cornell Cinema, including 3-D equipment upgrades.

History Center in Tompkins County | $28,500 | Developing a heritage education center, which will serve as a new community gathering place with exhibits, programs and resources that “collectively celebrate our rich history, heritage and culture in new, synergistic and inclusive ways.”

Ithaca Shakespeare Company | $43,000 | The Ithaca Shakespeare Company will hire an executive director to lead the organizations. A second grant will help support artist fees for production of Richard III at Hangar Theatre.

Kitchen Theatre Company | $53,500 | Two grants will support general operations and the hiring of a director of development.

New York State Early Music Association | $11,000 | NYS Baroque requested additional operating funds.

Seventh Art Corporation of Ithaca | $12,000 | General operating support for Cinemapolis.

View the full list of awardees here.

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Kelsey O'Connor

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