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Posted by Mat White on 07/07/2017
At its regular meeting on June 22, the Chenango Arts Council (CAC) Board of Directors appointed Alecia ONeill the Council’s new executive director. The appointment followed the strong recommendation of the search committee, which worked diligently to evaluate candidates and find the best fit. ONeill scored the highest on the search evaluation rubric and was also praised for her commitment to the organization during the transition process, serving as the organization's interim executive director since January when the previous director resigned.
ONeill received her BFA in theater design and stage lighting, with a double minor in linguistics and cinema studies/filmmaking from SUNY Binghamton, and earned a Master of Arts in theater production and management, also from SUNY Binghamton. She was an adjunct instructor in theater appreciation and history at Broome Community College and served for six years as marketing coordinator for the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. Her tenure as marketing and public relations coordinator at Wealth by Design Financial gave her an in-depth exposure to financial planning and budgeting. In June 2015, Ms. ONeill joined CAC as Marketing and Public Relations Director.
“I am so grateful for the Board’s confidence in me,” said ONeill, “and I am truly excited about the many new programming and educational initiatives we are planning. We have a great team in place to make wonderful things happen for our community through the arts.” After a six-month search, “the Board is extremely confident that Alecia will bring strong leadership and effective community relationships to CAC’s mission,” said board president Joseph Skundrich.
CAC offers live theater and music performances in the historic Martin Kappel Theater as well as gallery exhibits by local and regional artists. Workshops in painting, ceramics, fabric, and other crafts are offered throughout the year, and a variety of services are available to artists. CAC also administers the NYS Decentralization Grants Program for Chenango, Broome, and Otsego counties, funded by the NYS Council on the Arts, as well as its own corporate-funded Grants for Teachers Program for Chenango County K-12 teachers.
For more information about CAC’s programming, workshops, services, memberships, and grants, visit ChenangoArts.org or call 607-336-2787.
Mat White on 05/11/2017
On Tuesday, May 9 the Chenango Arts Council was invited to attend the Oxford Academy Primary School's first-ever LEGO Club Art Show where parents and community members discovered more than one hundred works of art from the hands of nearly 80 OXAC students.
The newly formed LEGO Club, directed by educator Jon Carey, exemplifies one of the core directives of the CAC by fostering children's creativity through hands-on activities; which is one of the reasons why the program received funding through our Grants For Teachers Program.
In an era driven by data and technology, a strong emphasis on supporting free creativity and imagination is crucial in the development of our future workforce. Through the use of the LEGOs, students are able to use their imagination to design, build, experiment and present their creations while interacting with peers in a relaxed and open environment.
While at the Art Show, Interim Executive Director Alecia Oneill was able to spend some one-on-one time with students who demonstrated the basic fundamentals of binary coding and computer programming gleaned though LEGO building.
The integration of Art in the ever popular STEM curriculum, or “STEM to STEAM,” are a perfect use of LEGO blocks.
“The results of the Oxford Elementary LEGO program far exceeded our expectations,” said Oneill. “Having the opportunity to witness first-hand the high level of creativity and ingenuity from the minds and through the hands of these students validates the CAC's goal of continued development of future STEAM initiatives. The Chenango Arts Council applauds the efforts of the Oxford Academy educators who had the foresight to bring this program to fruition.”
Each year, the Chenango Arts Council offers the Grants for Teachers programs with the primary purpose of providing funding directly to classroom teachers responsible for achieving New York State Education Department Learning Standards for the Arts or English Language Arts.
For more information, visit www.ChenangoArts.org or call the Chenango Arts Council directly at 607.336.ARTS
Mat White on 04/27/2017
With the warmth of spring bringing the palette of mother nature back to life, the Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce that they are accepting registrations for the 16th annual Allegro Run for the Arts 5K fundraiser. The race begins at the Council of the Arts, 27 West Main St., Norwich beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6.
Race day registrations will be accepted from 8 until 8:45 a.m. Entry fees for each race are $15 up until race day and $20 the day of the race. Students will pay $10 both pre registration and day of the race. Family groups are encouraged to run as a team, and will also be allowed to walk together if they so choose. Corporate teams are encouraged. A link to discounted online pre registration is available at www.chenangoarts.org.
The Allegro Run for the Arts’ major sponsor is NBT Bank. Additional support has been provided by Power Bar, Runners World, Vitamin Water and Sidney Federal Credit Union. Media sponsors for the event are The Evening Sun and the Norwich/Sidney Pennysaver.
Participation in the Allegro helps to support the Chenango County Council of the Arts which has been a vital part of the county since 1975. From performances to workshops, gallery openings to grant making, the Arts Council provides services and activities for Chenango County’s artists, organizations, and citizens of all ages.
In addition to the Allegro Run, The CAC is also hosting it's annual spring craft fair to following race in Guernsey Memorial Park. Crafters and artists from all around the county will set up in the park behind the Guernsey Memorial Library from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. And as if that were not enough, the first-ever CATS (Chenango Arts Talent Showcase) will take the Martin Kappel Theater stage following the day's activities with musical guests Jes Sheldon, Woodshed Prophets and Castle Creek.
Tickets for the show-also available at ChenangoArts.org-are just $24-$29 and are selling fast.
Come enjoy an evening of exciting entertainment with three of CNY's most sought after groups all on one stage for one night only.
For Allegro Run for the Arts registration information, sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer to help the day of the race, contact the Chenango County Council of the Arts, 27 West Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815; 336-ARTS or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chenango Arts Council, now in in it's 41st season, would like to thank major corporate sponsors NBT Bank, Preferred Mutual Insurance, Wells Fargo Advisors along with The Evening Sun and Pennysaver print media sponsors for their years of continued generous support.
Mat White on 04/04/2017
Chenango Arts Council Awards annual Scholarships, unveils CASA exhibit
NORWICH - March 23, 2017—Currently on display in the Chenango Arts Council's very own Mariea Brown & Raymond Loft Galleries, 2017's CASA Chenango Area Student Art Exhibit. Not only is CASA a clever acronym, it also places an emphasis on the spirit of localized student creativity, talent and expression - all sourced from school districts right here at home - within greater Chenango county.
Feel free to stop into the gallery to located on the first level of the Arts Council—just behind the Martin Kappel Theater—to catch a glimpse of what nearly 100 of our area's up and coming artists' have poured their hearts and minds into.
The Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries are open weekdays from 10 a.m.— 4 p.m., and also by appointment on weekends, providing accessibility to the arts in our community.
In addition to CASA '17, recipients of the 2017 Lucy Funke Scholarship Awards were announced at the CASA gallery opening on March 17. High school seniors Shannon Laundry of Norwich and Colleen Eggers from Sherburne-Earlville were each awarded $1000 awards to assist in their higher education expenses in the arts.
About the 2017 Lucy Funke Scholarship Award winners:
Shannon Laundry was selected to receive this scholarship award in recognition of her dedication to art since her teachers, family and friends continued to inspire her at a very early age,” said Funke, “When one of her pieces was selected for the NYS school board association in the 5th grade, She went to the conference with her mom and was profoundly inspired when she saw all the amazing art on the wall. That also happened to discover the profession of art conservation, and that is still her plan.
Laundry has continued to create and share her work at the district art show, Earlville Opera House Teen Art Exhibit and past Artistic Discovery exhibits here at the Chenango Arts Council—winning best in show.
Laundry feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the school of art institute of Chicago where she studied a rigorous course in advanced digital photography. Her years at S-E have provided a creative output and also fulfilled her life with the most enjoyable moments. Shannon plans include attending Boston University with a long term goal of receiving a Master’s degree in art history.
Colleen Eggers of the Sherburne–Earlville school district believes the many opportunities provided at S-E helped her grow as an artist. She admits signing up for every art class imaginable. She Enrolled in film photography in her sophomore year and missed some of the work in the darkroom. Within weeks she caught up with her class.
The next year she chose an independent study in film Photography, because she loved this medium so much. This year, she chose an independent study in digital photography and began using her new camera along with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create stunning images. Eggers prides herself on being judged in the national Vans Custom Culture contest, and while she did not win, she did glean a sense of accomplishment and was proud to have entered.
When Eggers is not creating art, can be found cleaning the art room. Recently, she has likewise kept busy by collaborating with the Sherburne art enrichment group tasked with developing a mural of Sherburne's Rexford Falls for the iconic Sherburne Inn to be unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the Inn’s opening.
“I want to thank the parents for encouraging and supporting both Colleen and Shannon, and I want to especially thank their art teachers—Kayleigh Olive from Sherburne - Earlville and Wane Franklin of the Norwich high school,” said Funke. “I want to thank them for sharing their artistic talent and knowledge to help Colleen and Shannon mature and grow under their leadership and thoughtful advice and their dedication to help all our young artists flourish.”
In addition, I would especially like to thank Bob Tenney and the Mid-York Press of Sherburne, who have generously helped to increase the amount of this year's scholarship award; along with the Chenango Arts Council Board of Directors, and our friends and members for making these awards possible for nearly 20 years,” said Funke.
The Chenango Arts Council is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit that supports life-enriching arts throughout the greater Chenango region by facilitating the discovery of art in everyday life. In addition, the Arts Council serves as a three county hub for the management and disbursement of decentralized grant funding to artists and art educators from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The CAC also operates the 514-seat Martin Kappel Theater, the Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries, the William J. Hall Conference Room, and creative spaces for artists, crafters, and arts educators at 27 West Main Street, Norwich, New York.
The Chenango Arts Council's performance programming and outreach initiatives are designed with an emphasis on enhancement of cultural diversity for all in rural Chenango County and beyond.
For more information, contact Marketing Director Matthew White at |607|336-ARTS or Mat.White@ChenangoArts.org.
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