$192,000 Awarded in Arts Grants

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On April 27, over 150 artists and organizations from six counties, CNY Art staff and board members, and New York State Legislators gathered at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to celebrate the recipients of the 2017 Community Arts Grant Awards. The grants funded by the New York State Council on the Arts through their Decentralization program foster the continuing development of local cultural programs that respond to community needs. These grants support a variety of arts, culture and heritage programs, including summer concert series, youth theater events, writing workshops, visual art installations, heritage events, film screenings, and much more.

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Majority Leader, Senator John A. DeFrancisco who addressed all the recipients from six counties in the room about the value of the arts and was on hand to make awards and congratulate the grantees individually. Representatives from the offices of Senator David J. Valesky, Assemblyman William A. Barclay, Assemblywoman Pamela J. Hunter, Senator Patty Ritchie, and Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli also attended.

The Executive Director, Stephen Butler spoke about the courage and impact of the artists and organizations that were awarded. “It’s clear that these artists and organizations are creating a world of arts in our region, sharing their gifts with the rest of us, often with scarce support from other resources. Art is crucial and critically important for our communities and for society. We are delighted to all gather in celebration of these efforts.”

Of the 162 applications submitted, 117 projects from organizations and individuals were granted a total of $191,940. Awardees have artistic programs and works representing 26 artistic disciplines in over 40 cities, towns, and villages in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley. Funding was awarded in three categories – arts education, community arts, and individual artist commissions – to support a diverse field of creative projects throughout the region that ranged from $500 - $3800.

The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  For a full listing of awards, or interest in the 2018 program, please visit   

Posted On: April 27, 2017
Listed As: CNY Arts News