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February 10, 2006

For Immediate Release
From: Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Contact: Carolyn Reynolds, Communications And Special Events Manager, (585)473-4000, ext. 206; [email protected]

Arts & Cultural Council Awards More than $96,000 in Community Arts Grants to Artists and Cultural Organizations from Throughout the Region  

ROCHESTER, NY, February 10, 2006 —The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester announced Community Arts Grants awards totaling more than $96,000 to 28 individual artists and non-profit organizations for arts programming and initiatives throughout the region in 2006. The Arts & Cultural Council is able to make these grants thanks to funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the New York State Legislature, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Individual Artist Grants Three individual artists from Monroe County each received grants of $2,000 for new work that involve the public in some aspect of its creation. The Arts Council’s Individual Artist Program Grants are funded in partnership with NYSCA. The artists receiving grants are:

  • Clifford Collier, Rochester, film/media, $2,000 to produce a hip-hop music video promoting anti-violence in the community and featuring community members;
  • Shawn Dunwoody, Rochester, visual, $2,000 to engage school-age children from the Avenue D Community Center in creation of “Gente del Camino,” a series of mosaic relief trail markers on the Urban Trail, a biking and hiking trail being constructed from Seneca Park to High Falls;
  • Darren Stevenson, Rochester, Dance, $2,000 to choreograph a dance/physical theatre performance based on the book Galileo’s Daughter and music by Rochester composer Glenn McClure that will demonstrate the link between the arts and sciences. Stevenson will seek public input as he workshops this piece.
  Public Arts Programming Grants A total of 14 non-profit organizations will receive $60,000 in funds for public arts and cultural programming in Monroe County through the Arts & Cultural Council’s Decentralization (DEC) Grant Program, which is funded in partnership with NYSCA. Organizations receiving DEC Grants are:
  • Akwaaba: The Heritage Associates, Inc., $4,475, for “ Camp Akwaaba,” to immerse urban and suburban children in the study of the Underground Railroad, including site visits, arts activities, and historical re-enactments;
  • Asian/Pacific Islander American History Project of Greater Rochester, $4,990, for programs celebrating the 2006 Asian New Year through a multi-disciplinary event including music, photography, lectures, and an Asian New Year celebration featuring the Ying Quartet;
  • Brighton Symphony Orchestra, $4,495, to perform a series of twelve community orchestral concerts at accessible sites around Rochester, including two joint performances with the RIT Orchestra;
  • Brockport Integrated Service Community Organization/Cool Kids!, $3,338, For artistic programming related to Cool Kids!, a free summer community arts and cultural program in Brockport;
  • Chinese Choral Society of Rochester, $3,750, to present its 23 rd annual concert on June 10 at Penfield High School, a performance of Chinese songs with special guest performers and the Mendon Center Elementary School (Pittsford) Choir;
  • The Commission Project, Inc., $5,000, to bring professional composers into six area schools to mentor students through the creation of original works, each of which will be performed publicly;
  • The Corner Place/Third Presbyterian Church, $4,850, for a theme-based integrated arts curriculum using visual arts, drama, and creative writing, and reinforcing a social skills program at School #35;
  • Gregory Kunde Chorale, $5,000, to expand educational opportunities for the community and orchestra, as well as for a spring concert;
  • Hallmark Danceworks, $5,000, to present the Contemporary Dance Collective, a series of performances, workshops, and master classes designed to strengthen the regional dance community;
  • Madrigalia, Ltd., $1,802, to defray the cost of hiring professional musicians for two collaborative performances of jazz-inspired works for choral and jazz ensembles;
  • M.E.C.A., Inc. (Monday Evening Cultural Arts), $3,500, for six evening events to showcase the quality of Rochester’s creative community and to encourage artistic collaboration;
  • Mercury Opera, $5,000, to fund the orchestra for two performances of a full, professional production of Madam Butterfly in January at the Eastman Theatre;
  • Park Avenue Dance, $4,500, for ROTO, a contemporary modern dance concert with dancers from Rochester and Toronto and utilizing the School of the Arts stage;
  • Present Tense Dance, $4,300, for an evening of Irish and contemporary dance presented along with Drumcliffe Irish Arts.
Capacity Building Grants A total of 11 small to mid-size nonprofit cultural organizations in the region will receive $30,464 in Arts & Cultural Council Capacity Building Grants, funded in partnership with Rochester Area Community Foundation for initiatives that will improve business operations or build audiences. The organizations receiving these grants are:
  • Asian-Pacific Islander-American History Project, $4,600 to reconstruct its website to publicize events and related websites and calendars using an advanced open source management system;
  • BOA Editions, Ltd., $2,750 to update and expand its electronic visual arts library, allowing it to efficiently select cover art, often by local artists, to meet publishing and promotion deadlines;
  • Gregory Kunde Chorale, $2,500 for implementation of a user-friendly website to allow the Chorale to better serve and communicate with its constituency;
  • Finger Lakes Arts, Grants and Services, $3,600 to create an integrated marketing plan for its Finger Lakes Arts Gallery, which directly sells and promotes local artists’ work;
  • Friends of the Bach Children’s Chorus, $1,880 to develop a five-to-seven-minute video program for the website and for use in recruitment of students, fundraising, and publicity;
  • Friends of Bristol Valley Playhouse Foundation, Inc., $3,950 to purchase box office software and equipment and to train staff in its use;
  • Friends of Ganondagan, Inc., $2,500 to design a website that allows for e-commerce, enhances marketing, builds audience and volunteer involvement, and encourages contributions;
  • Colleen Hendrick Dance Theater, Inc., $4,978 to purchase marketing software, and a new computer to handle the software and to better address membership issues;
  • Off-Monroe Players, Inc., $978 to purchase two four-channel dimmer packs for effective, safe lighting during its Gilbert & Sullivan productions;
  • Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, $1,200 to pay for a professional facilitator to conduct a three-day workshop on Long Range Planning;
  • The Rochester Contemporary (ROCO), $1,500 to redevelop its website and include a new feature to recapture lost membership.

 Applications for the next round of Community Arts Grants, for projects taking place in 2007, will be available in early September at www.artsrochester.org, or by calling the Arts & Cultural Council, (585) 473-4000, ext. 210.




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