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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

Supporting the Artists of Tompkins County

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2014 Grant Recipients

While CAP provides a number of services, possibly the most wide-ranging are their grant programs.  Since 1992, CAP has administered over 3 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 2014. Recipients-$38,000

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, "Poetry and Song" a capella performance
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sponsor for First Street Mosaic Project
Center for Transformative Action, Sponsor Ithaca City of Asylum, "Voices of Freedom" reading
Community Unity Music Education Program, Sponsor for Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers concerts
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 Children's Garden Storytelling Performances
Ithaca, City of "Another 21 Boxes" public art
Ithaca Community Choruses Concert Series
Ithaca Community Choruses VOICES Multicultural Chorus 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 Youth Bureau Tin Can Fantasy Factory youth theatre
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
Music's Recreation Sponsor for Women's Work, Women's Work Concert
Newfield Public Library Children's programming
Running To Places Theatrical Season of Teen Theater
Seventh Art Corporation, Sponsor for Fantastic Film Festival
Southside Community Center Jazz Performances at Juneteenth / Revolution Art Gallery
Southworth Library Children's programming
State of the Art Gallery Exhibit Season
Tompkins County Public Library A year of visual art exhibitions
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts Films for Families
Ulysses Philomathic Library Children's Programming
Ulysses Philomathic Library, Sponsor for Trumansburg Chorus Concert Season

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.

Ben Altman, "Talk Tompkins", photography & audio project with community, at the Tompkins County Public Library
Joey Steinhagen, Community performances of "Pirates of Penzance" with BJM Elementary School students

CAP Fellowship-$5,000

Funded through local donations to CAP, the CAP Fellowship has five $1,000 awards for local artists.

Mandy Caughey, choreographer, dancer, video artist
Wendy Dann, director, playwright
Kathryn Henion, writer: fiction
Hank Roberts, musician: cellist, composer
Tamara Watson, writer: poetry

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. 

Khalil Bey, with McCormick Secure Center: art instruction with speaking skills, negotiation, tolerance and group planning.
Civic Ensemble, Ithaca High School: "Civic Origins", theatre residency
Cami Doucet, Cayuga Heights and Northeast Elementary, science illustration with Trout in the Classroom project
Gerry Monaghan, Lehman Alternatives School, "The Art of Physics"
Lisa Tsetse, Beverly J Martin Elementary School, "Storydance", teaching literacy through dance.

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.

2013 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)