Each year in Wyoming County, dozens of community arts programs are held with the help of the Arts Council for Wyoming County’s (ACWC) Decentralization Grant Program. For 2017, programs vary from craft workshops to community theater to storytelling to music and folk arts to culinary arts.
“The depth of creativity and desire for arts programming in Wyoming County continues to amaze me,” said ACWC grants coordinator Kathryn Hollinger. “Every year I’ve been here, we’ve increased the number of applications as word spreads about the decentralization and art education grant programs.”
The New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) makes funding available for arts services organizations like the ACWC to apply on behalf of their local communities. Then, the ACWC forms two volunteer committees of community members who ultimately review and award these grants into the communities.
This year, the ACWC awarded $34,440 in Community Arts grants, $5,000 in Arts Education funding, and $2,100 in value of ACWC scholarships in Wyoming County.
These year’s awardees include:
• Village of Arcade: Gazebo Performance Series
• United Church of Warsaw: Tellebration storytelling event
• County Historian: Eat Your Way Through History events
• Eagle Free Library: Community Arts programming
• Stevens Memorial Community Library: Wacky Wednesdays
• Wyoming Free Library & Gainesville Public Library: Community Arts programming
• Warsaw Public Library: Community Arts programming
• Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers: Reader’s Theater program
• Town of Orangeville: Talent in Our Town workshop series
• Silver Lake Institute: Summer Concert Series
• Perry Farmers’ Market: Music at the Market
• Last Night Perry: performances
• Pioneer Picnic: performances
• Portageville Chapel: Summer Concert Series
In addition to this programming, three artist residencies were funded through the Arts Education grant program. Composer Carrie Magin will work with middle school band students in Jason Decker’s music classes at Letchworth Central School. Also, puppeteer and theater artist Josh Rice will work with the Perry Elementary School Art teacher Kristin Adolf. He will also again work with the English classes of Sarah McLaughlin at Perry High School with Groundlings Onstage.
“When I was a high student, having a composer in residence each year inspired me to become a composer,” says Magin, “Now I’m having an opportunity to be on the other end of that experience.”
Also announced were the ACWC scholarship winners, who include Ciarán Spence, the 2017 Rising Star Scholar; Jeremy Zerbe, the 2017 Balus Foundation Young Performing Artist Scholar; and Madelynn Miller for the ACWC & Creekside Fabrics Visual Arts and ACWC Janice Schroeder Youth Fiber Arts Scholar.
For more information about these grants or scholarship programs contact Kathryn Hollinger at email@example.com or (585) 237-3517, ext. 102.
For more than 40 years, the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. Located on Main Street Perry, the ACWC has produced the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, one of the largest and highest-rated shows in the region. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants.
For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts visit www.artswyco.org.