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GO ART! announces 2014 grant recipients -- 20 in Genesee County

Press release:

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce the Decentralization Re-grant recipients for 2014 in Genesee and Orleans counties, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. This year GO ART! received 27 applications to the Reach Grant Program requesting a total of $65,696.00. With $41,600 available, 26 of the applicants were awarded grants.

GO ART! is also pleased to re-grant two Ripple Grants ($2,500 each) to provide funding for the creation of new work by local individual artists who wish to involve the community in their creative process. One Arts Education Grant (recently renamed the Spark Grant) was awarded as well in the amount of $2,000. This grant provides funds to individual artists to create programs to work directly with children in a K-12 public school setting.

Reach Grant Program Award Recipients in Genesee County

  • Batavia Concert Band -- 2014 Summer Concert Series -- $3,000
  • Genesee Symphony Orchestra -- "A Time for Music: 67 Years of the GSO -- $3,000
  • Gillam-Grant Community Center -- "Cultural Connections" -- $3,000
  • Mental Health of Genesee County -- film series about MH issues -- $2,600
  • Genesee Chorale/Regular Season -- "Hitting the High Notes" -- $2,500
  • Batavia Players/Summer Youth -- Production of "Tommy" -- $2,000
  • A Tale for Three Counties Council -- 2014 Reading Program -- $1,510
  • Genesee ARC -- Sprout Touring Film Festival & Art Show -- $1,315
  • Byron-Bergen Public Library -- "Fill Our Community with Culture" -- $1,300
  • Village of Corfu -- Corfu/Pembroke Community Winterfest -- $1,200
  • Batavia Players/Shakespeare -- Production of "Much Ado About Nothing" -- $1,100
  • Friends of Richmond Memorial Library -- RML Senior Academy -- $1,000
  • Le Roy Christian Community Project -- After School Theater & Art -- $1,000
  • Woodward Memorial Library -- Everyone's an Artist youth program -- $900
  • Town of Le Roy -- Trigon Park Summer Concert Series -- $800
  • Encore! Theatre Arts -- Fall 2014 Musical Performance -- $800
  • Genesee Chorale/Children's -- Children's Chorus -- $800
  • Village of Bergen -- Tulley Building Mural Project -- $500

2014 Ripple Grant Recipients (both in Batavia)

  • Patrick Burk -- "Macbeth the Movie" -- $2,500
  • Kevin Feary -- "Moments Shared -- Portrait Sketches of Our Community" -- $2,500

The Decentralization Regrant Program (known locally as Reach, Ripple and Spark) was first developed in 1977 by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in response to a mandate by the New York State Legislature to encourage greater participation in the state’s cultural funding at the local level. Local decision-making is the basic principle of the Decentralization Regrant Program in supporting a wide range of community-based professional and avocational arts programs in diverse communities throughout the state, and in helping to support the work of individual artists. GO ART! is proud to administer the NYSCA Decentralization Regrant Program in Genesee and Orleans counties.

The grant process begins in the summer with grant workshops held throughout Genesee and Orleans counties. Individuals, nonprofit organizations and local government agencies submit applications in the fall for community-minded artistic and cultural programs. These proposals are reviewed by a panel (there are separate panels for the Reach, Ripple and Spark grants), made up of artists, community leaders and educators from the two counties. The panel then submits funding recommendations to the GO ART! Board of Directors for approval, and grants are awarded. Through the Decentralization Regrant Program, GO ART!, NYSCA, and the New York State Legislature hope to expand, upgrade and increase arts and cultural programming in Genesee and Orleans counties.

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