Roxbury Arts Group announces DEC grant recipients

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Roxbury — Two exciting announcements from the Roxbury Arts Group puts a spotlight on the important work being done by this non-profit organization, as well as the artists who live and work in our region.
The first announcement is that the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has named Jenny Rosenzweig, executive director of the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) as an emerging leader in the arts field. This honor allows Rosenzweig the ability to participate in a year-long program organized by NYFA and supported by American Express, which strives to invest into our cultural infrastructure, a positive affect on the arts field by building stronger connections and shared knowledge between artists and arts administrators.
“Jenny has worked very hard for the Roxbury Arts Group and the communities we serve” says Andrew Weiss, Roxbury Arts Group Board President, “and we are thrilled by this recognition of her efforts and the doors it will open for RAG.”
The Decentralization Grant Program is a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and is administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group. This year RAG has awarded over $30,000 to artists and organizations in Delaware County who will be offering arts programs in our communities and schools.
“The DEC Grant Program is one of the most important programs that we offer” says Elena Liberatori, Grants and Community Coordinator at the Roxbury Arts Group. “Each one of these programs creates a new opportunity to engage with the arts in Delaware County that benefits our students, community members, visitors to our regions and also contributes to our local economy.”
Following is a complete list of 2014 Awardees:

Community Arts Grants
Andes Society for History and Culture/Dancing in the Park led by David Capps. Dancing in the Park is a live, free, outdoor dance performances designed specifically for lovely Ballantine Park on Andes Day in Andes.
Community Chorale of the Catskills. Support for Community Chorale of Catskills for new choral music and professional musicians for a series of community performances.
Delhi Senior Community /Garden Party Concerts. This series of free, community concerts will take place at the Delhi Senior Community Center in Delhi and will feature Eric Kearns on June 29 at 2 p.m. and Country Express on July 27 at 2 p.m.
Fairview Public Library. A free workshop and lecture series at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville will enable adults to rediscover their artistic voice. Classes are led by Keri Dudek and will take place on June 3, 17 and July 1, 15, 22, 29 at 5:30 p.m. Nina Kasonof will lead an Art History Talk on June 27 at 7 p.m.
Friends of Music. FOM will present a performance as part of their 2014 performance series at the Robinson Terrace Living Center Skilled Nursing Facility, 28652 Hwy 23, Stamford.
Hobart Book Village Association. The Hobart Book Village Association presents the Festival of Women Writers – a three-day event on September 5-7, 2014 featuring readings, workshops, children’s activities and exhibits.
Little Victory Players. Memorial Night, a provocative original play that explores human values and how we strive to hold on to them and what happens when we do, will be performed in a staged reading in two developmental steps: a premiere staging followed by a talk-back and discussion. Then the play, with new material in response to the feedback, will be presented again.
MARK Project. Artists are opening their studio doors for Andes Margaretville Roxbury Open Studios on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and outside the towns and villages of Andes, Margaretville, Arkville, Halcottsville and Roxbury.
William B. Ogden Free Library. The William B. Ogden Free Library presents a variety of fun –filled performances this summer with a little something for everyone.

Arts Education Grants
Gerda VanLeeuwen and Roxbury Central School. Artist Gerda VanLeeuwen will work with students at RCS to create prints based on their interactions with the natural environment.
Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes and Roxbury Central School. RCS students will gain insight to textile production of the Colonial American period by dyeing Delaware County wools with School Garden grown botanicals and by learning textile crafts.
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. The Catskill Center will host Healthy Waters: Combining Art and Science to Teach Water Quality.
Roshan Houshmand and Margaretville Central School. Painting workshops led by artist Roshan Houshmand will guide students in an exploration of master painters from the 19th and 20th centuries.