Community Arts & Arts Education Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - $109, 400 in Cultural funding allocated for 2015!
April 24, 2015

The Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce the allocation of $99,400 in cultural funding to 50 non-profit organizations and artists through the 2015 Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program.  In addition to these grant awards, an additional $10,000 in funding for Broome County has been provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, bringing the total cultural regrant amount to $109,400 through the 2015 DEC Program.

The Decentralization Program offers support in the following categories:

Community Arts (CA) Grants:  Known as “traditional” or “classic” DEC grants, CA grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or artists. Individual artists may apply for a community-based project in partnership with a local non-profit organization. CA support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural vibrancy in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.  CA grants provide support to develop, foster, promote, enhance and increase community arts that address current cultural needs in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties.

Arts Education (AE) Grants:  AE grants support the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. AE funds are designed to support new or first time arts education projects in K-12 school settings. Re-grant funds are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists to work in partnership with public schools to utilize each other’s resources, and must not replace or appear to replace the role of certified arts teachers.  Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.  Projects must take place in school and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 hands-on learning sessions with a core group of students. Schools and teachers may not apply directly for AE funds.

The Broome, Chenango & Otsego DEC Program serves as a catalyst for local cultural development exposing residents to events that enrich and enhance their lives.  Funding provided through these programs helps to strengthen our communities by reaching into the most rural of our townships and villages, providing increased access to a greater quality of life.  The DEC Program operates annually and panel nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. For additional information on the DEC Program, please call the Council at (607)336-2787/ARTS, and please continue to visit our website for 2016 DEC opportunities!

Congratulations to the following 2015 DEC grant recipients:

Broome County:
Binghamton Center for Writers*, Binghamton Downtown Singers*, Binghamton Youth Symphony, Center for Gender, Art & Culture*, Endicott Performing Arts Center, Inc.*, Endwell Community Chorus, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Greater Whitney Point Community Planning Committee Corporation*, Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, Singers Performing Actors Repertory Ensemble Productions, Theatre Street Stage Company, Vestal Museum*, Windsor Whip Works Art Center* 
*Denotes additional funding by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.

Chenango County:
Afton Historical Society, Bonnie Gale*, Chenango County Blues Association, Chenango County Historical Society, Christian Neighborhood Center of Norwich, Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Guernsey Memorial Library, Guilford Historical Society, Jericho Arts Council, Mid-York Concert Band, Monday Evening Musical Club, Moore Memorial Library, New Berlin Art Forum, Norwich Theater Company, Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association, Oxford Memorial Library, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Sherburne United Methodist Church- Voices of the Tabernacle Choir, 6 On The Square, Smyrna Citizens Band, Smyrna Public Library, Town of Columbus, Deborah Whitman
*Denotes Arts Education grant.

Otsego County:                                                                               
ARC Otsego, Catskill Choral Society, Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, Cherry Valley Artworks, First Night Oneonta, First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, Oneonta Community Concert Band Association, Otsego 2000, Otsego County Dance Society, Pathfinder Village, Temple Beth El of Oneonta, Village of Laurens, Worcester Free Library

View the below links for more information on 2015 DEC grant recipients, their projects and contact information, and don't forget to visit our on-line Community Cultural Calendar!

*The Broome, Chenango & Otsego County Decentralization Program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County provided by the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.