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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Perry, Warsaw, Arcade, Silver Lake.

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Hailed by those in the arts community as an international phenomenon, Make Music Day made its rounds throughout Wyoming County yesterday with a stop at Yummies in Warsaw. Customers or passersby were free to stop by and learn a few hand-drumming techniques in a drum circle led by the Arts Council of Wyoming County (ACWC) Executive Director Jackie Hoyt. 

Celebrating music on the longest day of the year – June 21 – the event paired volunteer venues and musicians of all levels to play and make music. 

Events were not only held around the county – Perry, Warsaw, Arcade and Silver Lake –  but in Buffalo, Washington, D.C., Vermont, Chicago, and the United Kingdom as well.

Wyoming County's event was hosted by the ACWC.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, farmers market, arts.

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The 16th annual Summer Saturdays Arts Series hit Perry June 17 and run through Sept. 30. Get fresh produce, listen to local musicians, watch artisan demonstrations and take part in the Chalk Art Festival at the Perry Farmers’ Market, Main Street, Perry.

More than 20 farm vendors will offer a variety of produce and homemade products. Market goods are sold from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. All performances are from 10 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.

Summer Saturdays Arts Series 2017 at the Perry Farmers’ Market schedule of events:

June 17 -- A Country Market – Opening Day

    • The Band Anastazja 

    • Mr. Scribbles!

    • Linda Franke – tatting

June 24 -- Banjo Bliss

    • Jim Newman – banjo sing-along

    • Susan Swanson – fiber Lingo

July 1 -- Independence Weekend

    • Mike Strobel – original folk guitar and vocals

    • Robert Doyle – photography

July 8 -- Perry Chalk Art Festival (rain date is July 15)

    • Kelly’s Old Timers – Perry’s hometown band, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

    • Creek Bend – original and traditional American roots music, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    • The Brothers Blue – classic Americana music, from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. 

    • Elise Kelly & Stone Soup, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Street Stage

A Taste of Summer -- Fine Regional Cuisine from Area Restaurants

    • Rob Falgiano - lyrical originals and guitar

    • Mugsy the Clown & Fancy Faces – face painting

    • Girl Scout craft table

    • Jason the Juggler

July 15 -- A Bluesy Saturday

    • Dark Road Duo -- classic blues, folk and old-time country music

    • Ag in the Classroom with Sarah Carlson and Katie Marusarz – soil profiling with snacks

July 22 -- The Glories of Summer and Song

    • Maria Gillard – earthy folk originals

    • Felisa Brea – cooking demonstration

July 29 -- A Midsummer Market 

    • Steve West – blues and unique interpretations of musical favorites

    • Shake on the Lake – scenes from upcoming performances

    • J. Brian Pfeiffer – sculpting with stone and concrete

Aug. 5 -- Summer Strumming

    • Backsliders Duo – country music’s golden era

    • Shake on the Lake – scenes from upcoming performances

Aug.12  -- A big musical market 

    • The Biggest Little Band – The Quigleys, a musical duo that sounds like a full-size band

Aug. 19 -- Bounty of the Market

    • Pancake Hill – soft rock & pleasing harmonies

    • Tom Pedlow – flint knapping

    • Master Gardeners John Glenn & Trisha Morris-Kopinski

Aug. 26 -- Foot-stomping Saturday

    • Gordon Munding – Southern blues & country mountain music

    • Sarah Ballinger-- English paper piecing

Sept. 2 -- A Labor of Love

    • Super Moon – acoustic country and rock 

Sept. 9 -- Autumn Harvest

    • Folk O’ the Road – traditional American music

Sept. 16 -- Changing seasons

    • Ernie Lawrence -- eclectic folk, blues and soul

Sept. 23 -- Chester A. Arthur Day

    • Joan Burch – folk and traditional music

Sept. 30 -- Fall Fling – Closing Day 

    • Allen Hopkins – traditional music 

    • Pumpkin carving

Summer Saturdays is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. Support is also provided by the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, Friends of the Summer Saturdays Arts Series, and Arts Series demonstrators.

For more information about Summer Saturdays visit www.perryfarmersmarket.com or call Meghan Hauser at (585) 237-5375.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Business, arts.
Event Date and Time: 
June 9, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Office will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Rural Arts Center, 21 & 23 S. Main St., Perry, at 5:30 p.m. Friday. 

The Rural Arts Center offers a mixture of fine art and handcrafted items made by local artist and artisans. Additionally, the center will also be offering arts and crafts classes for all ages and is currently looking for workshop instructors.

The center is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Perry, ACWC.

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Press release, photo submitted:

Agnes “Aggie” Tamrowski made an impact on the lives of many Wyoming County students and artists through her teaching, volunteering and artwork. 

On June 10, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) will be hosting a memorial exhibition and celebration of her life in the Members’ Gallery, 31 S. Main St., Perry.

Jackie Hoyt, executive director of the ACWC, worked with Tamrowski over the past 29 years at both the Cordelia A. Greene Library and the ACWC. 

“Each time I would ask Aggie to help me execute an idea, she was always ready to lend 100-percent support and guidance to help make the idea become real.”

In 2011, she won the ACWC Patron of the Arts award and her work was often shown in exhibits at the gallery, including the annual members’ show Local Color. 

However, perhaps her biggest impact was her behind the scenes work as Hoyt’s assistant curator. Many shows at the ACWC were installed with her talent, steady eye, and vision to see where the best place was to present art in the galleries, Hoyt says.

In addition to being an artist, Tamrowski was a teacher for more than 35 years in the Letchworth School District. 

The show is a signature event in the ACWC’s Members’ Gallery on the second floor.

For more information call (585) 237-3517 or email info@artswyco.org or visit www.artswyco.org.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Perry, ACWC.
Event Date and Time: 
June 10, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm

The Arts Council for Wyoming County is hosting a memorial exhibition and celebration of the life of Agnes Tamrowski, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. June 10.
Tamrowski, a former arts teacher at Letchworth Central School, will be showing her work in the ACWC's Members' Gallery, 31 S. Main St., Perry. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information call (585) 237-3517, email  info@artswyco.org or visit www.artswyco.org.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, arts.

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The once pop-up art studio has become the permanent location for the work of two local artists. Jerry Kelsey, of Jerry Kelsey Photography, and Jillian Schabloski, of Painting by Jillian, along with the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Warsaw Gallery, 60 Main St., Warsaw. 

The gallery, located at the corner of Genesee and Main streets, features the work of both Kelsey and Schabloski. Additionally, Kelsey hopes to add other artists as space permits.

Original work by Kelsey showcases local landmarks and hidden gems in Wyoming County. His work depicts scenes of Letchworth, old barns and vehicles reclaimed by nature. Both framed and matted photos, as well as prints are for sale.

Schabloski’s work includes acrylic paintings, with both small and large matted prints for sale.

Not only does the gallery show the artistry of Kelsey and Schabloski, patrons to the space are also afforded a glimpse of the creative process, as it is also an active studio.

For more information, contact Kelsey at (585) 786-2925 or Jkelsey51@gmail.com

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, arts, ACWC, announcements.

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Press release:

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 hollinger@artswyco.org 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.

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Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Perry, arts.

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Photo submitted by JMS Photography.

On Friday, Megan Hollister opened her first solo show at the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) in the Members’ Gallery, Main Street, Perry. A senior at Warsaw High School, Megan spent the past year as an apprentice of master seamstress Robbin Dillon, of Folwerville. The apprenticeship was made possible through the ACWC and Creekside Fabrics and Yarn’s Visual Art Scholarship.

“The ACWC is committed to providing opportunities for young artists in Wyoming County to improve their skills, gain more confidence and knowledge about the art discipline, and also career possibilities,” said ACWC Executive Director Jackie Hoyt. “Megan is exactly the type of student we look for to take advantage of this program – talented, ambitious, and hungry to learn about the craft.”

Megan is the third recipient of the scholarship, which was established in 2014. The funding provided private sewing lessons and consultation with a master seamstress. Throughout the past year, Dillon shared a variety of skills and techniques to improve her trade. Additionally, she provided Megan with the tools to help her grow and become more confident in her work as a young fashion designer. 

Recently named to the President's List at Genesee Community College, Megan's work was also shown at the Fashion Show held April 28 at the campus in Batavia. 

After graduating in June, Megan plans to go to college for a degree in fashion design, with a specialization in bridal and evening wear.

For more information about the Visual Art Scholarship contact Hoyt at (585) 237-3517 or via email at info@artswyco.org.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, quilting, crafts, arts.
Event Date and Time: 
April 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

The Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at The Gathering Quarters, 63 Perry Ave., Warsaw, at 4 p.m. April 21.

The Gathering Quarters is a “home away from home” to visit with friends and create. The home is geared toward quilters and crafters, sleeps eight guests, offers a full kitchen, four bedrooms, and one and a half baths. The Gathering Quarters also offers sturdy tables to gather around and sew, craft and scrapbook and enjoy the company of friends.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, grants, arts.

Press release

The Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is now accepting grant applications from Wyoming County nonprofit organizations for its 2017 grant cycle. Applications are due by 4 p.m. May 3 and can be submitted online by clicking here.  

For more than 40 years the Wyoming Foundation has made the most of the generosity of its clients to benefit all Wyoming County residents. Its $2 million endowment has supported a wide variety of cultural, educational and human services organizations that specialize in enhancing the county’s arts and cultural institutions, improving literacy and strengthening the county’s cradle-to-career pipeline.

The Wyoming Foundation’s 2017 grant cycle will prioritize applications that focus solely on preparing high school graduates for training and education opportunities that lead to jobs in the county and increasing participation in arts and cultural offerings. 

Approximately $20,000 is available for the 2017 grant cycle. Individual grants can range between $500 and $2,000. Foundation awards have been funded by generous gifts and bequests from numerous individuals and groups. It has most recently provided grants to the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Crossroads House, Eagle Free Library, Warsaw Historical Society, and Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association.

For additional information on this grant opportunity click here.

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 and is a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. 

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Warsaw, dance.

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Saturday evening celebrated the diversity of dance with Dance Diversions, at Warsaw High School, Warsaw, with performances of classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, and hip-hop/b-boy styles. The mixed repertory dance concert was directed by Sarah Keeler-Badger and presented by the Arts Council for Wyoming County with the sponsorship of Tompkins Bank of Castile and the Wyoming Foundation. 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 9:28 am
posted by Howard Owens in music, arts, entertainment, schools, news.

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Music students from Genesee and Wyoming counties will perform today at 2 p.m. at Pavilion High School in the second of two all-county music festival concerts.

The festival is organized by the Genesee-Wyoming Music Educators Association.

Today's show features the high school band, the junior high chorus and the elementary band.

Tickets are $4 each at the door.

These photos are from yesterday's rehearsal.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:12 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, arts, ACWC.

Press release:

The Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts is now accepting grant applications for its 2017 granting cycle. The Bauman Fund for the Arts is administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Fund awards annual grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located within the eight counties of Western New York that specialize in the classical arts sector. Applications are due April 14.

The Bauman Fund for the Arts was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter to support causes important to her father, Oliver Bauman. Baxter and her father shared a love of the classics, including classical languages, ballet and opera. At the end of her life she translated that love into a legacy gift, which Baxter hoped would help “perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part of our culture.”

In accordance Baxter’s wishes, priority will be given to applications that focus solely on the performance of “traditional, classical ballet and opera on the living stage, and preferably of the English, European or Russian schools.” 

In 2016, the Community Foundation awarded more than $40,000 to four nonprofit organizations through this competitive process. Recent grantees of this award include, Ballet Artists of WNY Inc. dba Neglia Ballet, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, and the Buffalo Chamber Players. 

Since 2010, the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $250,000 to Western New York nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the region’s arts and cultural community. 

For more information on the Bauman Fund for the Arts grant process, visit www.cfgb.org/bauman.  

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Since 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. www.cfgb.org

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:29 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, arts, events, Perry, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
March 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) will be hosting a closing reception and award ceremony highlighting the art of Wyoming County students. The High School Art Exhibit ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Friday in the ACWC’s Main Gallery, 31, S. Main St., Perry. The Warsaw High School Jazz Band will also be the featured guest musicians.

For more information, visit www.artswyco.org or call (585) 237-3517.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:28 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, arts, events, Perry, Warsaw.

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The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) will be hosting a closing reception and award ceremony highlighting the art of Wyoming County students. The High School Art Exhibit ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Friday in the ACWC’s Main Gallery, 31, S. Main St., Perry. The Warsaw High School Jazz Band will also be the featured guest musicians.

Featured art this year includes sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing. Students from Attica, Letchworth, Perry, Pioneer and Warsaw are exhibiting their work in the show through Friday.

“Every year, these ninth- through 12th-grade students challenge us with the depth of their creativity in this show,” said ACWC Executive Director Jackie Hoyt. “Although these students are still in high school, they are exploring the arts in fresh and innovative ways.”

In addition to awards, students participating in the show will be eligible to be finalists for the All County K-12 Art Calendar produced by the ACWC and sponsored by Ruthanne Vitagliano.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to support the continuity of this or any other ACWC youth art show or program, may contact the organization directly for more information.

For more than 40 years, the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. 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 or call (585) 237-3517.

The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:20 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Wyoming, ACWC, fiber arts.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
9:30am to 4:00pm

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting the Fiber Flurry Fiber Arts Festival at the Wyoming Inn, Main Street, Wyoming, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming, ACWC, arts, fiber arts.

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Press release (photo submitted):

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting the Fiber Flurry Fiber Arts Festival at the Wyoming Inn, Main Street, Wyoming, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

“It’s a great way to meet new people, learn something new and get your hands on some beautiful fiber,” said Kathryn Hollinger, Fiber Flurry coordinator at the ACWC.

The Flurry includes classes, vendors and opportunities to socialize with fiber artists. Fiber arts festivals are popular for participants of all levels to try techniques from master artists in two-hour workshops. 

Classes include: beginning embroidery, kumihimo, yarn dyeing, hairpin lace, tatting, yoga for knitters, tambour (frame) embroidery and knitting a tiny top-down sweater. 

Reservations are required for classes, and the brochure is available at the ACWC’s website.

The event also includes a popular feature from other regional Fiber Arts Festival: a section where local wool, yarn and fiber producers show and sell their wares. Vendors include: Propanicus Moon Yarns, Trollbridge Farm, Stoner Hill Farm, May Apple Farm, Firefly Farm, Peartree Farm, Heavenly Valley Farm and Acorn Fiber Works. 

Shopping is available all day and it's open to the public with no reservations required.

For participants who knit or crochet, there is a Fiber Challenge competition using last year’s special edition yarn. People who want to take part can pick up skeins of the challenge yarn at the ACWC gift shop and knit or crochet a piece to enter for a People’s Choice Award. Special Edition “Snowflake” Yarn for next year’s challenge will be for sale at the Flurry as well.

Additionally, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea will be available. 

New this year, artist Beth Ely Sleboda will perform FiberSong, a performance that combines dance, poetry and music during afternoon tea. 

Participants can sign up for part of the day, lunch or the full day. People who sign up for the full day (two classes, lunch and tea) will receive the special edition “Snowflake” challenge yarn for free.

Registration forms, with class descriptions and schedules may be downloaded from www.artswyco.org or can be mailed to you by calling the ACWC (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. 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.

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, arts, events, ACWC, Perry.
Event Date and Time: 
December 3, 2016 -
12:00pm to 8:00pm
The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is hosting its annual open house from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at its gallery, 31 S. Main St., Perry. 
The ACWC hosts a variety of artisian during the holiday season at their main gallery on Main Street. 
The event is free to the public. For more information call (585) 237-3517, email info@artswyco.org or visit www.artswyco.org
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:22 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, crime, government, arts.

Wyoming County has had the second greatest decline in population since 2000; even the tourism Web site boasts of it being home to “more cows than people.” And while jobs have increased in the county, unemployment remains high. All is not bleak however, bright spots include high student performance on some state tests and some of the largest drops in crime rates in the region since 2000.

ACT Rochester, a "community indicators program" of Rochester Area Community Foundation, provides an objective assessment of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. The program recently released individual report cards for the nine counties to compare how each one is faring in the same nine topic areas as compared to the rest of the state and the extent of the long-term progress each has made since 2000.

The topic areas include: arts, culture and leisure; children and youth; community engagement; economy; education; financial self-sufficiency; health; housing; and public safety.

Like the rest of the region, Wyoming’s poverty rate has increased since 2000, up by three points or 11 percent. And 15 percent of children here are living in poverty. But while poverty is increasing, prekindergarten participation rates in the county have doubled.

As of 2014, third-grade English, scoring at level 3 plus, is equal to or better than the state at 38 percent. Fourth-grade Math and English fared better than the state at 50 and 35 percent, respectively. While eighth-grade Math and English are at 9 and 34 percent, respectively, English is better than the state, but Math is worse by 10 percent or more. Graduation rates have improved by more than 1 percent – 88 percent – and surpass the overall state.

School spending per student as of 2013 was $18,225. Although it is worse than the state by 10 percent, it has improved by more than 1 percent. Technology teachers in public schools per 10,000 students was 14.8 percent in 2013 and that ratio is equal to or better than the rest of the state with an improvement by more than 1 percent.

Overall crime in the county has improved by more than 1 percent with serious crimes per 10,000 residents, as of 2013, at 124; violent crimes at 10; and property crimes at 113.

Other notable trends in county include:

    • Between 2000 and 2009-13, there was an 11-point increase in single-parent families – 35 percent – the greatest increase in the region. At the same time, rates of child abuse and neglect have decreased by 31percent, the largest decline in the region. Additionally, the 2012 rate of 13.5 per 1,000 children was the second lowest in the region. Rates for foster care admissions and teen pregnancy have also decreased by 37 and 48 percent, respectively.

    • Average charitable donations fell by 31 percent from 2002 to 2012, the largest decrease in the region. In 2012, the average donation was around $470 – below the regional ($930) and the state ($1,670) averages. As a percent of income, residents donated 1.0 percent in 2012.

    • Wyoming County had the lowest rate of prekindergarten participation in the region, despite more than doubling between 2011 and 2012. Only 32 percent of the county's 4-year-olds were enrolled in prekindergarten programs in 2012, below the region at 41 percent and state at 46 percent. Wyoming's participation rates increased by 18 percentage points since 2011, contributing to a total increase of 25 points since 2001.

Overall, all nine counties are performing better than New York State in the area of housing. Eight are performing better in economy and health, and seven are performing better in children and youth. In community engagement and arts, culture and leisure, all nine counties lag behind the state. Additionally, trends are deteriorating in all nine counties in community engagement, economy, financial self-sufficiency and housing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, arts, Perry.

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Press release:

The New York State Council on the Arts has awarded the Arts Council of Wyoming County (ACWC) Community Arts $5,800 in funding.

Created in 1971, the Community Arts Grant program allowed communities to determine their own preference in arts and cultural programming. Any town, village or nonprofit is eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to create a project. For the first three years of request, the maximum allowed is $3,000. To receive $5,000, the project must show significant growth. 

The grant program will fund $2,500 for an individual artist grand and $6,000 in arts education grants for public schools. The deadline for the 2016 applications is 5 p.m. Oct. 29.

The Arts Education program focuses on arts projects in public schools that offer sequential skills based study of one or more art forms. The grant will be paid directly to the artist or cultural institution. This year, the community arts panel will determine funding for this grant.

In addition to a grant sponsored by a nonprofit, artists can now apply directly to ACWC for a $2,500 grant to create work in a community context. 

“It’s a fantastic way to engage the community in the creative process and helps non-artists understand the value of having artists live among us,” said ACWC Executive Director Jackie Hoyt.

According to Hoyt, the Community Arts grants funding priorities align with the Wyoming County Community Cultural Plan. They encourage projects that breakdown barriers in the community, create dialogue about the arts, promote community growth and engage local artists.

“We look forward to being able to fund new projects and increase the size of repeat programs,” said Council on the Arts Grant Coordinator Kathryn Hollinger. “The Community Arts grants are all about meeting the needs of the location they serve.”

To find out more about the grants or to have a grant application looked at, attend one of the Community Arts grant seminars:

    • Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Attica Historical Society, 130 Main St., Attica;

    • Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Java Historical Society, 4441 Route 78, Java;

    • Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Wyoming Free Library, 114 S. Academy St., Wyoming; or

    • Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the ACWC, 31 Main St., Perry.

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