Community Arts Funding winners named

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group has announced that Community Arts Funding awards totaling $26,700 have been granted to 19 Delaware County applicants for 2009.
These awards will provide over 100 theater and performance events, programs for youth, concerts, eight workshops, lectures, and artists’ exhibits throughout the year. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Hilt Kelly Hall on March 22 at 2 p.m. There will be a showcase of artists’ work and the public is invited free.
A seven-member panel of artists and community leaders recommended the awards to the Board of Directors of The Roxbury Arts Group, which approved the decisions. Funding for the awards is made possible through the New York State Council on the Art’s (NYSCA) Decentralization Program.
This year the panel reviewed 22 applications for funds totaling over $50,000. “There’s never enough money, and the amounts granted are small, “ says grants administrator Ann Epner, “But the grantees make the little bit of money make such a great contribution to Delaware County. This year we had more new and innovative applications than ever, and, as always, the panel had to work hard to make difficult decisions.”
Those organizations awarded funding are: Performance Plus of Stamford, Inc., supporting an application for The Community Music and Arts Network; $1,000 for monthly youth music workshops and open mike nights for youth at 76 MAIN! in Stamford and at The Fairview Library in Margaretville: The Roxbury Library Association sponsoring an application from Bertha Rogers; $1,500 for “Riddle Me This,” an interdisciplinary installation project: The Skene Memorial Library, Fleischmanns, sponsoring an application for Elly Wininger; $1,000 for a songwriting workshop for 5-12 year olds.
Also The Community Chorale of the Catskills; $1,000 to purchase music for four annual concerts: The Fairview Library, Margaretville, sponsoring an application from The Longyear Gallery; $1,400 for eight visual arts workshops and a five-session life-drawing class: The M-ARK Group, Margaretville; $1,500 for a site-specific installation called “The Doors of Roxbury:” The M-ARK Group, Margaretville; sponsoring an application from the Catskills Artisans Guild: $1,500 five artisan lecture demonstrations.
Also, The Town of Andes; $1,750 for four free concerts in Ballantine Park: Todd Mountain Theater Project, Arkville; $2,000 for the professional production of a new full-length play: Writers in the Mountains, Roxbury; $1,500 for The 10-Minute Play Project – classes, a public reading and a fully staged production of original ten-minute plays and The Roxbury Library Association supporting a grant from artist Jody Primoff; $1,500 for an exhibition at The Erpf Center, Arkville about the artist’s family connections to John Burroughs.
Also The Delhi Senior Community: $980 for four free concerts: Delaware County Office of the Aging; $1,475 for artists’ fees for a series of concerts and workshops as part of an adult camp experience: Franklin Free Library; $1,750 for 10 summer performances for family audiences: Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, Inc. Stamford, supporting an application from Music on the Mountain, Stamford; $1,500 for a festival of music and crafts: Tri-Town Theatre, Inc, Sidney; $2,000 for a production of “Gypsy:” William B. Ogden Free Library, Walton; $575 for three performances for family audiences: Sidney Memorial Public Library; $1,000 for six family concerts and a crafts workshop and Andes Public Library; $2,000 for year-round workshops and performances for The Community Story Telling Troupe.