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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (CAP) announced the 2021 New York State Council of the Arts NYSCA Grant Recipients this week, rewarding more than $60,000 to more than 30 local organizations.

CAP has administered grants for Tompkins County in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts since 1993. The following three grants are part of NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, public money mandated by the New York State Legislature to encourage increased participation at the local level in the state’s cultural funding process.

CAP is “thrilled to administer these grants in Tompkins County, which enable artists and organizations to showcase the artistic and cultural talent in our communities, and fulfill a vital mission of CAP of making arts and culture accessible to all!” Visit to learn about all of CAP’s programs, grants, and services.

Robin Schwartz, CAP Program & Grant Director says, “2020 was a year of rethinking and reinventing arts programming for artists and arts organizations. The 2021 funded recipients show great flexibility and creativity in continuing to deliver amazing events and programs to the public.”

$60,400 was distributed to the following artists and organizations for 2021 community arts and cultural programming, and K-12 teaching artists. Take a look!

CAP’s “Grants for Arts Programs” (GAP) Recipients for arts and cultural programming for the general public

  • Ballet Guild, Nutcracker Virtual Performances
  • Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, Outdoor Spring Concert
  • Civic Ensemble, ReEntry Theatre
  • Cooperative Extension, sponsor for Kenneth McLaurin: “All Black Everything,” virtual festival featuring artists that identify as black
  • Cooperative Extension,sponsor for Kenneth McLaurin and SingTrece: “Ithaca is Black Too.” highlighting our rich Black history & culture.
  • Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Concert Season
  • Downtown Ithaca Alliance, First Friday Gallery Nights & Virtual Events
  • Dryden Intergenerational Band & Chorus, Virtual Community Performances
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Performers for monthly Senior Breakfasts
  • Groton Public Library, Family Virtual Performances
  • Ithaca Children’s Garden, Haudenosaunee Performances
  • Ithaca Community Orchestra, Concert and Lecture Season
  • Ithaca Gay Men’s Choir, Broadway Themed Performance
  • Latino Civic Association, CULTURA Ithaca Arts and Cultural Events
  • Newfield Public Library, Performance Series
  • Primary Performance Group, “Dancing Dialogues” Performances
  • Southside Community Center, Sponsor for Ithaca Murals: “ReAwakening” Green St. Mural by 4 Black Local Artists.
  • Southworth Library, Puppet Performances and Workshop
State of the Art Gallery, Monthly Exhibits and Juried Online Exhibits
  • State Theatre, Livestream Events
  • Triphammer Arts, “Drive-In LIVE,” Series of Outdoor, Music Concerts
  • Triphammer Arts, Moving Landscapes/Choreographers’ Showcase
  • Triphammer Arts, Sponsor for Kathy Lucas & Megan Omohundro: ”Masters of Movement, Performance Series with Dancers of Color
Village at Ithaca, “Stolen Joy,” Instagram Project – true stories by students of color performed virtually by local professional actors
  • Village at Ithaca, Sponsor for Circus Culture, “Circus Season on the Waterfront” 
  • Walking on Water Productions, Virtual Performance of “Comfort Food” Musical

CAP’s Artist in Community Grant for local artists to create new work and share the process in a significant way with a local community of their choosing

  • Circus Culture, “Under the Bridge,” aerial dance pieces
  • Elisa Keeler, Social justice music piece with Tompkins county singers
  • Juan Manuel Aldape Munez, New dance theater in collaboration with Latinx community members
  • Paulina Velázquez Solis, “A river of all ages” photography and video project with Brooktondale community
  • Laura Rowley, Collaborative book project with St. John’s Community Services Emergency Shelter and Friendship Center
  • Candace Edwards, Audio art project centering on local Black-Queer voices

CAP’s Arts Education Grant supports local artists and organizations in engaging K-12 students in rich, artistic learning experiences either in schools or in after school programs.

  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Tap, African Drumming/Dance, Jump & Step Cultural Exchange Program
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Art Education and Art Instruction
  • Elisa Keeler, with Russell I. Doig Middle School (T-burg), Voices for Social Justice Project
  • Village at Ithaca, Circus Learning with Circus Culture
  • Leanora Erica Mims, with DeWitt Middle School: Historical Quilt Project
  • Kenneth McLaurin, with Cooperative Ext: “Stories from Not Old People”
  • Groton Recreation, Creative Art Studio Instruction

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