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Mission Statement

CAP was founded in 1990 to act as an advocate for the arts, serve the public by providing services and resources for county artists and arts organizations, and encourage collaboration among arts, education, business, civic and government organizations.Learn more

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Grant Recipients

2015 Grant Recipients (2016 will be posted in mid-January)

While CAP provides a number of services, possibly the most wide-ranging are their grant programs.  Since 1992, CAP has administered over 3.5 million!

Grants for Arts Programs (GAP)

Funded through NYSCA, GAP grants for not-for-profit organizations make funds available throughout the County to libraries, arts organizations, towns, villages, community centers and the like for professional arts and cultural projects. Funded projects must be open to and promoted to the general public and take place in calendar year 2015. $38,000 was distributed to:

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, "Poetry and Song" a cappella performance
Center for Transformative Action, Sponsor Ithaca City of Asylum, "Voices of Freedom" reading
Danby Community Council Danby free Concert Series
Town of Dryden Dryden Intergenerational Band and Chorus / Summer Concert Series
Groton Public Library Children's Programming
Village of Groton Housing Authority Art Show as part of Groton Old Home Days
Village of Groton Groton Summer Concert Series
Ink Shop Printmaking Center Gallery Exhibitions
Ithaca Ballet, performances of Cinderella
Ithaca Children's Garden Storytelling Performances
Ithaca, City, Sponsor for First Street Mosaic Project
Ithaca Community Choruses Concert Series
Ithaca Community Choruses Ithaca Gay Men's Choir Concert Series
Ithaca Community Orchestra Concert Series
Ithaca Concert Band Concert Series
Ithaca Downtown Alliance "Art in the Heart" / Monthly Gallery Nights / Summer Concert Series
Ithaca Shakespeare Performances
Ithaca Underground, music events
Lansing Community Library Children's Programming
Town of Lansing,
Sponsor for East Shore Festival, East Shore Festival for the Arts
Latino Civic Association, Sponsor for Cultura Storytelling, Poetry, Music
Newfield Public Library Children's programming
Running To Places Theatrical Season of Teen Theater
Southworth Library Children's programming
State of the Art Gallery Exhibit Season
Temple Beth El, Klezmer Music Concert
Tompkins County Public Library A year of visual art exhibitions
Tompkins County Senior Citizen's Council, Senior Theatre Troupe
Triphammer Arts, performances
Ulysses Philomathic Library Children's Programming
Village at Ithaca, Sponsor for Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers

Wharton Studio Museum, Sponsor for Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival

Artist in Community Grants-$5,000

Funded through NYSCA, Artist in Community Grants are awarded to Tompkins County artists. The grant supports the creation of new work of artists whose interaction with communities is an integral part of their art-making.

Mandy Caughey, Choreographer
"Social Movement", full length theatre and dance production based around the personal stories of individuals dealing with mental illness. 

Robyn Wishna
"Manual Labor", a photography project documenting those who do manual labor locally, with audio interviews.

Arts Education Grants-$7,400

Funded through NYSCA, The Arts Education Grants are designed to assist artists and schools in developing and implementing visual and performing arts residencies that are integrated into the core curriculum.

Sarah Gotowka, working with New Roots Charter School
"In Living Color", an intensive art and science integrated project. Students will investigate the physics of light and matter through a series of color explorations, chemistry experiments and field trips.

Hospitality Art Collective, working with Groton Central Schools
"The History of Color and Form: an Exploration into Encaustic and Fresco" integrates science and history with two art forms. 

Anne Reichlin, working with Caroline Elementary School
"Make Way for Play Art Workshop" connects the arts to play and storytelling. 

Louisa Sandvik, working with Boynton Middle School
"Plantastic!". Scientific illustration is taught in the science and art classrooms along with the study of plants.  

Lisa Tsetse, working with BJM Elementary School
"Dancing Through the Pages", an early childhood dance creative movement and language-arts initiative.

SOS Grant Recipients

Gwen Bullock - Photographer: Exhibition in Tinos, Greece
Austin Bunn - Screenwriter: Screening "In the hollow" at Toronto's inside out film
Regi Carpenter - Storyteller: Stories/workshops in New Zealand
Mandy Caughey - Video and Butoh: Attend Ithaca Actors Workshop
Camille Chew - Print maker and illustrator: Attended the Light Grey Art camp, Utah
Anna Coogan - Musician: create a single for European tour
Naomi Edmark - Visual Artist: exhibit at Stella's
Steve Ellis - Wisual Artist: IIFFF visual art exhibition
Lily Gershon -Puppeteer: Creation of a new puppet show
Sorayya Khan - Writer: Islamabad Literary festival
Mary Lorson - Computer/Lyricist: Performance of signals
Leslyn McBean-Clairborne - Actor: Creation of theater piece
Margaret Reed - Visual Artist: Dryden Road parking garage mural
Mary Reynolds - Visual Art: Van rental and display for fair
Mary Roberts - Visual Art: CAP exhibition preparations
Venissa Santi - Singer/composer: Kimmel Center Jazz Residency
Marie Sirakos - Playwright: Women in Jazz play writing project
Jennie Stearns - Singer, songwriter: Music Demo
Elbonee Stevenson - Singer/Playwright: Gospel-based play development
Stan Stewart - Performance: Improvisational group start up
Pamela Tan - Visual art/Film: Animated film
Jesse Townsley -  Visual Artist: CAP Art space solo show

Arts and Culture Organizational Development - $188,773

CAP administers Arts and Culture Organizational Development program with funds from the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The goal of the program is to stabilize and develop the arts and cultural tourism assets of the County. Applicants are by invitation only.

2014 Recipients included:
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Hangar Theatre
Kitchen Theatre
History Center in Tompkins County
Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center (PRI's public venues for education)