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CAP ArtsLetter: News, Events, Local Art!

The staff of the Community Arts Partnership (all two of us!) have considered what it means to strengthen communities in this time of quarantine. For us, it means that we continue on with our work of amplifying the voices of our local artists, and providing grants and resources so that we all stay safe and stay connected! 
- Megan Barber (Executive Director) and Robin Schwartz (Program & Grant Director)

Page Updated October 1, 2020

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Ithaca named 4th most arts-vibrant medium sized community
The Arts Vibrancy Index Report, compiled by SMU DataArts, ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand and government support for the arts in each city. And Ithaca ranked 4th most vibrant in medium-sized communities!
The findings help illustrate the critical role of the arts, both socially and economically, in cities and towns around the nation. At this historic moment, the report serves as a pre-pandemic benchmark of where the most arts-vibrant communities are located.
CAP Executive Director Megan Barber says:
"The recognition of the Ithaca area as a top arts-vibrant community underscores the importance of the arts to our region, both in terms of quality of life and as an economic engine. During the pandemic, our local artists and art groups are helping people process emotion and maintain connections, and are bringing in new audiences through creative virtual and live events. The fact that Ithaca has been named the 4th most arts-vibrant community means it’s critical that all of us support this vital segment of our economy. "

Greater Ithaca Art Trail - Live and Virtual!

October 10, 11 & 17, 18: Live Studio Openings AND Nightly Virtual Events.
On two weekends, October 10, 11 & 17, 18, there will be over 20 artists OPENING THEIR STUDIOS to you from 11am to 5pm each day.
Take a drive and enjoy the fall foliage with artist studios as your destinations! They will be thrilled to show you their latest work. (Visitors and artists must wear masks and maintain 6 foot distances. Artists will have signed contracts committing to social distancing protocols.)
In addition, there will be VIRTUAL EVENING EVENTS on all four days which will include live workshops, demos, virtual tours and chances for YOU to share some of your work! You can relax in your home, sit back and enjoy the artists on the trail.
See 40 artist portfolios, download the map/brochure, get the pdf of who is open, register for the virtual event listings, watch artists' videos and more at ARTTRAIL.COM

Upcoming CAP Grants

Read all about the Grants & See Workshop Dates/Times
ANNOUNCEMENT: ACOD Grant Program accepting pre-applications for 2021 until Thursday, October 29
The Arts and Culture Organizational Development grant supports local organizations that enhance Tompkins County’s brand as an artistic and cultural destination. This grant provides general operating support and funding for specific organizational development activities. The 2021 grant guidelines are now available on the Tourism Program website. Take a look and if you have any questions,contact Megan Barber at the Community Arts Partnership: or 607-273-5072, x 20.

CAP Grantee Focus:

CAP Funded Artist - SOS Grant: Sam Buggeln and The Cherry Arts

Shortly after all live productions were shut down due to the pandemic, the Artistic Director of The Cherry Arts, Sam Buggeln, asked six writers from around the world to collaborate on Felt Sad, Posted a Frog (and other streams of global quarantine). These collaborations were then live-streamed by thirteen members of The NY Cherry Artists’ Collective from May 1-9, 2020. Sam described the experience as “truly intense. Read the full article
OfferingsLocal Artistic Offerings: Staying Connected Locally
Crossing the Line" Ithaca City of Asylum
Virtual event to celebrate free expression with cartooning, humor, free expression, and personal risk. October 2 at 7pm.
Walking on Water Productions
A Virtual Cabaret on November 20 & 21!
Free Singing Workshop - Online!
Discover new songs for online singing with Elisa S. Keeler, founder of Freeing Your Voice. Learn more and register!
Latino Civic Association - Cultura Ithaca Events!
There's more events to enjoy during Latinx Heritage Month!
Trampoline Personal Storytelling Competition
"4 and 20 Blackbirds". Tell a story, be a judge or just listen! October 8 at 7pm.
"Autism in the Arts," a reading and Q&A
Join local Artist Jaclyn Smith at her author reading and Q&A, on Tuesday Oct. 13th, 7 p.m.,at Hopshire Brewery in Dryden. Contact Jaclyn with questions.
Family Time with the Johnson Museum
with storyteller Diane Macklin on Saturday, October 3, 11am
Ithaca Festival Call for Virtual Art Show
Join the The Senior Troupe of Lifeling
for a four-week improv and storytelling workshop beginning October 8. To register or for more information, call 607-272-1511 or email
The State of the Art Gallery
October features “Textures in Stitch and Stroke,” a two-person show of work by Diana Ozolins and Saundra Goodman. AND SOAG is having their first ever on-line juried show for December: open to all non-photography artists.
Tompkins County Public Library
Next up: Intro to Basic 3D Modeling on Monday, October 5, noon. Check out all of their events at
Corners Gallery
Make an appointment to see the current exhibit by painters Domenica Brockman and Ileen Kaplan.
Cherry Arts
"A Day by Gabrielle Chapdelaine," a fresh new play Québec about 24 seemingly ordinary hours. Nov 13 – 21
Buffalo Street Book
There's always upcoming events at BSB! "Make Your Own Comic Book - Virtual Program," October 17, 10:30am - ages 9-16
Hangar Theatre
Up Next! The Inferior Sex, by Jacqueline E. Lawton, a virtual presentation on October 16, 7:30pm; A new streaming play “Hope” November 1-3.
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Gallery Night Ithaca is October 2
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
has all sorts of live events and performances!  
has a great line up of virtual cinema.  
Opera Ithaca
will be streaming Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini in September. "A cone act comic masterpiece"