Community Arts & Arts Education Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - $129, 280 in Grants Announced!
April 6, 2016

The Chenango Arts Council is pleased to announce the allocation of $129,280 in cultural funding to 50 non-profit organizations and artists through the 2016 Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program.  $10,000 of this funding has been provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation for Broome County.

The Decentralization Program offers grant support up to $5,000 for community arts and arts education projects. An Awards Ceremony was held in the Council’s Martin W. Kappel Theater, 27 West Main Street, Norwich, on Thursday, April 14th at 5pm. This event was free and open to the public to help us celebrate 30 years of the CAC administering DEC in Chenango County!

The New York State Council on the Arts established the DEC Program in 1978 to foster the continued development of local cultural resources responsive to community need. DEC serves all of New York State’s 62 counties, including areas that are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse. The CAC is one of 28 DEC sites across the state. The basic principle of DEC re-grant funding is local decision-making using a peer panel grant evaluation process. The DEC Program operates annually and panel nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Broome, Chenango & Otsego DEC Program serves as a catalyst for local cultural development by supporting projects of artists and arts organizations that expose children, adults and seniors to events that enrich and enhance their lives. Funding provided through these programs helps to strengthen our communities by reaching the most rural of our townships and villages, providing increased access to a greater quality of life through the arts. Since 1986, the Chenango Arts Council has administered the DEC Program in Chenango County. In 2003, the Council began administering the DEC Program in Broome County, and in 2011, Otsego County.

Congratulations to the following 2016 DEC grant recipients:

Broome County:
*Binghamton Center for Writers, *Binghamton Downtown Singers, Binghamton Theater Organ Society, Center for Gender, Art & Culture, Laura Cunningham, *Endicott Performing Arts Center, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, *Greater Whitney Point Community Planning Committee Corporation, *Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, Christina Muscatello,*Phelps Mansion Museum, *SRO Productions III, *Vestal Museum
* Denotes funding provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Binghamton.

Chenango County:
Chenango County Blues Association, Christian Neighborhood Center of Norwich/”The Place”, Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, *Bonnie Gale, 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, Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, 6 On The Square, Sherburne Public Library, Sherburne United Methodist Church/Voices of the Tabernacle, Smyrna Citizens Band, Smyrna Public Library, Town of Columbus
*Denotes Arts Education grants

Otsego County:                                                                               
ARC Otsego, Catskill Choral Society, Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, Cherry Valley Artworks, Christ Episcopal Church, Community Arts Network of Oneonta, First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, Hyde Hall, Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, Oneonta Community Concert Band Association, Otsego Dance Society, Pathfinder Village Foundation, Redemption Movement, Unadilla Historical Association, Village of Laurens, Worcester Free Library

For additional information on the DEC Program or the grant recipients, their projects and contact information, please view the below links or call the Council at (607)336-2787/ARTS. Watch our website for 2017 DEC opportunities, and don’t forget to check 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.