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ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Community Arts Partnership has announced the distribution of funds to thirty-one artists through two grant programs, the existing Specific Opportunity Stipend, and the new CAP Emergency Artist Relief Fund.

For 27 years, the Community Arts Partnership has been one of the driving forces behind the vibrant arts community of Ithaca, NY and the neighboring towns and villages. “CAP” organizes public programs (like the Spring Writes Literary Festival, and the Greater Ithaca Art Trail) and consistently secures grant funding for 6 grant programs that help keep the arts and artists in our area strong and healthy.

Specific Opportunity Stipend:

One of CAP’s grant programs is the Specific Opportunity Stipend.
In March of 2020, CAP distributed “SOS” funds to eleven artists. The grant helps Tompkins County artists take advantage of opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional art careers. Thanks to the support of a local donor, CAP is able to provide funds to over 35 artists annually with awards of up to $1,500.

CAP Emergency Artist Relief Fund:

Recently, the Community Arts Partnership announced a “CAP Emergency Artist Relief Fund” to provide financial support to local artists who have experienced lost income from the postponement and/or cancellation of specific, scheduled opportunities or programs due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Robin Schwartz. CAP Program and Grant Director said, “We put the word out for donations for the Relief Fund, and once we had received about $2,000 from generous anonymous donors we sent out the guidelines and application to local artists. By late April, we had received additional funds totaling $4,300 and we were able to send checks of $100 to $250 to twenty local artists. With donations still coming in, CAP will announce another round of Emergency Grant funding in June!”

Megan Barber, CAP’s Executive Director, says, “We are so grateful for both the new infusion of support for the Emergency Artist Relief Fund, and the ongoing support that sustains our SOS grant program.  Challenging times like these make it clearer than ever that we need to take care of each other.  When the community cares for artists, artists can care for our community.”

To learn more about the Community Arts Partnership and their grants and programs, visit

Specific Opportunity Stipend (SOS) March 2020 grantees

Sam Buggeln, Artistic Director of The Cherry Arts: to support the launch of live streaming theatre.

Sarah Gotowka, Fiber Artist: to support the launch of her new storefront, Luna Fiber Studio, in Trumansburg.

Hannah Graeper-Carver, Ceramist: to support the expansion of her ceramic studio’s capabilities and to being to offer workshops and shelf rentals to the community.

Sarah Hennies, Musician: to support renovations to launch “The Neighbor’s Gallery” on West Hill.

Edith Otchin McCrea, Puppeteer and Artisic Director of Magic Garden Puppets: to expand on the repertoire of this troupe beyond traditional folk and fairy tales.

Kenneth McLaurin and Chris Holmes, to support filming a proof-of-concept for their comedic short films about race, class and gender.

Ithaca Murals: to support payments for some of the diverse artists chosen to paint murals in Ithaca.

Jari Poulin, Photographer: to help with costs of Exhibition Proposal Catalogs to promote two developed and complete bodies of work to seek invitations from museums and galleries.

Hank Roberts, Cellist/Composer: to build on recent significant exposure to record a 12 movement Sextet for release as a commercial recording.

Jacklyn Smith, Author: to run her first workshop and reading of her work from her “Own Voices” story on living with autism.

Treacy Ziegler, Visual Artist: to support a major and impactful solo exhibit at the Erie Art Museum.


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