Wed, Jan 20th 2016 04:40 pm
New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization
Program source of funds
Arts Services Initiative of Western New
York, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, has announced
the recipients of the 2016 decentralization
(DEC) grant programs. Fifty-five organizations and artists in Erie and
Niagara counties will receive a total of $118,440 for community and
school-based arts and cultural programs taking place in 2016.
This will be the fourth year ASI
distributes these funds to Erie and Niagara Counties.
"This year we were pleased to receive an
increase of funds to distribute to the applicants in our region through the New
York State Council on the Arts" DEC Coordinator and ASI Associate Director
Jennifer Swan said. "This increase in grant funding allowed us to fund more
emerging artists and projects than ever before."
The increased amount for DEC and other
NYSCA funding was part of ASI's statewide advocacy efforts as part of the
ASI administers the decentralization
grant program with funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. The
DEC program was founded in 1977 following the mandate of the State Legislature
to encourage increased participation at the local level in the state's cultural
funding process. The purpose of the DEC program is to foster continued
development of local cultural resources responsive to community cultural needs.
DEC support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally
and enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they
live and operate.
The DEC program has three funding
categories: community arts, arts education and individual artist commissions.
•The community arts grant is a competitive
arts grant that provides financial and technical assistance for community-based
arts activities offered by eligible nonprofit organizations and/or individual
artists with qualified partners in Erie and Niagara counties.
•The arts education grant is a competitive
arts grant that provides financial and technical assistance to cultural
organizations and/or individual artists to support arts education projects in
K-12 public school and publicly funded charter school settings in Erie and
Niagara. These grants support the role local cultural organizations and/or
individual artists play in engaging K-12 students in rich artistic learning
•The individual artist commission is a
grant intended to support the creation of new work that engages the community
through the artists' creative process. Artists residing in Erie and Niagara are
eligible to apply for this grant for community-based projects. The goal of this
grant is to support the creative work of individual artists in all disciplines
while encouraging interaction between artists and community members to
highlight the role of the artist as a community resource.
2016 recipients are:
Erie County Community Arts and Arts Education Grant
Main Theater - "Out of Bounds (An Anti-Bullying Initiative)"
Belle Center (Erie Regional Housing Development Corp) - "Afro-Caribbean Roots
Recreation Department - "2016 Summer Concert Series"
Society of Western New York - "Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival"
Varlets - "6×8″
Game Space - "Introduction to Game Development Workshop Series"
Niagara Choirs - "Affirmation of Hope: All Things Irish"
Olmsted Parks Conservancy/Friends of the Japanese Garden - "2016 Cherry Blossom
Philharmonic Chorus - "High School Affiliate Program"
Ridge Conservancy - "Artify Chestnut Ridge"
Arts - "Dreamland Presents: Neo-futuristic Buffalo"
Foundry - "Community Mural Making Pilot"
of the Burchfield Nature and Art Center - "2016 BNAC Summer Concert Series
& Festivals in the Park"
Ministries - "Jefferson Avenue Arts Festival"
Community Choir - "Spring and Christmas Productions"
Hoover (with Buffalo Public Schools) - "Craft Art Field Day - Arts in Education
Artists Gallery - "Peace Project"
Festival - "Arts and Culture Stage/Entertainment Stage"
Opera House - "Lend Me a Tenor"
Disabilities Association of WNY/Starlight Studios - "Starlight Artists Engage
the Arts Community"
Miracles (Suburban Adult Services) - "Moving Miracles performance project"
Buffalo Community Center - "Artscapade WNY"
& Company Productions - "Breast in Show - A Theatrical Performance and
Awareness Raising Event"
First Ward Community Association - "Participatory Experimental Music Workshops
for Untrained Musicians"
Inc. - "Momentum WNY Choir"
Grant/Tina Dillman - "2016 Project Grant Summer Programming"
Blazer Men's Chorus (Amherst Male Glee Club) - "Senior Citizen Holiday Concert
Thread Theatre - "Louisiana Bacchae"
Galanes Renzoni (with Park School of Buffalo) - "Mark Making Planet Earth"
Ruch (with Forest Elementary School) - "A Mule Named Sal: Erie Canal History
Ellen Schneider (with City Honors School) - "Conceptualizing a Pavilion for
Youth Inc. - "Springville Shake"
Theatre Collective - "The Mark of Cain"
City - "Make Meaning: An Outside the Box Exhibition Series"
Daniels Taylor (with Frederick Law Olmsted School) - "Wall-Paper Poems: The
of Boston - "2016 Summer Concert Series"
of Brant - "Brant Monday Night FREE Summer Concerts"
of Elma - "2016 Summer Concert Series"
District Community Development Association - "Bailey Avenue Mural Series"
Buffalo Charter School - "The Young Muralist Project"
Cities - "Composing Graphic Music with Wooden Cities"
Niagara County Community Arts and Arts Education Grant
& Company - "Earthsong"
Chamber Singers (with Niagara Falls High School) - "Choral Workshop &
Concert with Harmonia Chamber Singers and Dr. Steven Sametz"
Council on the Arts - "3D Chalk Artist Residency"
City Glee Club - "50th Year Concert Series"
Chorale - "Spring Concert: Songs from Around the World"
Falls Historic Preservation Society - "Niagara's Legacy Tour & Docent
Unlimited of Niagara - "The Fabric of Our Lives - Our Homes, Back Yards, and Communities"
Area Historical Society - "Native American Dancers"
Cerebral Palsy Association of Niagara County (Empower) - "Spectrum Theater
Door Playhouse - "Chucky's Universe"
Individual Artist Commission Grant Recipients
Niagara County: Michelle
Marcotte - "Dinner - Goodness and Plenty" (visual - oil painting on canvas); Chuck
Tingley - "Painting Spectacular" (painting)
Erie County: Ani
Hoover - "Craft Art Field Day - the Exhibit" (fine art/craft); Joy Scime -
"Dissonance" (literary arts/play)