The Orange County Arts Council Community Arts Grants are designed to encourage new and more abundant arts and culture opportunities in Orange County. The Community Arts Grants are administered by the Orange County Arts Council, but decided by a panel of local artists, business people and community members who believe that the arts are an important part of what makes this county amazing. The grants are funded through individual donations made to the Arts Council from donors, including a generous gift from the Wesley-Krueger Family Foundation and sponsorships from Walden Savings Bank and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Scroll down and meet this year’s grant recipients!
“The Art of Balance” – Newburgh
Karen Gersch designed “The Art of Balance” – a specialty skill program she created and culled from her lifetime acrobatic and theatrical career. She has chosen 6-9 middle school-aged girls who are part of the underserved community in the City of Newburgh for extended training sessions. Giving back is an essential element of this work – the troupe will be asked to perform within the community; whether for other disadvantaged youth, senior citizens, local schools or youth centers.
Art in the Park – Port Jervis
Art in the Park is presented by the Port Jervis Tourism Board in conjunction with the River Valley Artists Guild (RVAG). Some 35 local artists gather at the historic park between Sussex and Pike Streets, according to William Schill of the Tourism Board, co-coordinator of the event along with award-winning landscape artist Susan Miiller. Participating artists, he said, will exhibit, paint en plein air, and offer their works for sale. Art in the Park debuted in 2016, Schill said, with the exhibition of paintings incorporated in a tandem, historical re-enactment/encampment demonstration commemorating the Civil War. The outdoor art exhibit was not held at all in 2017. “This year,” said the event organizer, “we’ll be focusing on just the artists and their works.” Schill said he hopes that Art in the Park will now be held annually.
ArtWalk 2018 “Revving Up the River” – Highland Falls
The ArtWalk covers a mile long green median and four pocket parks with 15 large scale sculptures, lining Main Street in Orange County’s Village of Highland Falls. Sited midway between Bear Mountain State Park and the Storm King Art Center and directly across the street from the new Visitors Center for the United States Military Academy, the ArtWalk is designed to be a destination for warm-weather family outings, enhanced tourism through the arts and an incentive for West Point visitors to stay in Orange County longer. 2018 marks the ArtWalk’s third year.
Cowtravaganza – Pine Bush
Through the Crawford Arts Association, three 1/2 sized fiberglass cows will be given to three artists whose designs typify the sophisticated/rural aspect of the Town of Crawford. Working in paint, beads, the addition of ropes, strings and shiny do-dads (mostly anything that will adhere to the skin of the cow) artists will be given the opportunity to show their zeal and talents. Cows will be placed on display throughout Crawford in various locales to reap interest in the culminating auction held during the Toy for Tots dinner in December. Money from the auction will be given to Toys for Tots for the holiday season.
Do It for Dale! – Greenwood Lake
Several different community organizations have organized events in support of the “Do It For Dale” skate park initiative. This project is in addition to these events, and in collaboration with the lead organization, the Greenwood Lake Skate Park Corporation (501c3).
The “Do it for Dale” initiative is in remembrance of a 16 year old Greenwood Lake boy named Dale who tragically lost his life in a car accident a few years ago. The skate park will be dedicated to him and this project adds to his legacy. This grant is to support an art project, which consists of an interactive display that will be created by community members and local artists, to promote awareness of the park’s purpose and future as a recreational place for youth of all ages.
DUSKLIT Interactive Art Festival – Sugar Loaf
DUSKLIT is a one night art festival that highlights new and interactive art forms. Organized in collaboration with the Seligmann Center, artists and artist teams will transform the Seligmann Homestead into a landscape of interactive installations, offering visitors the opportunity to witness, engage with, and participate in elaborate art works and interdisciplinary performances, as well as to connect with the artists themselves.
Emerging Artists Project – Montgomery
The Wallkill River School of Art offers the public a chance to learn from professionals in the same region, teach new artists to evaluate their artworks, which have mass appeal and should be made into prints, how to make prints, how to frame different media, how to write a resume, press release and bio, and how to market yourself as an artist. We give our emerging artists a checklist and timeline to help them prepare for their solo exhibit and help them transition from hobbyist to professional. Once through this process they have the opportunity to become represented artists in the future.
Everyday Newburgh – Newburgh
EveryDay Newburgh is one of the on-going workshops that Newburgh Community Photo Project (NCPP) is developing.
Newburgh Community Photo Project (NCPP) is a volunteer-run, grassroots, community-based arts program that teaches photography and related media to underserved and underprivileged communities in Newburgh, and whose goal is to explore critical social justice issues directly related to the lives of the people in these communities. EveryDay Newburgh will be administered within the organizational structure of NCPP to conduct a series of workshops engaging local citizens (ages 16-29 years old) to explore stories and alternative narratives in their community.
GNSO Fiesta Concert – Newburgh
Newburgh’s diverse population incorporates a large Hispanic community. This demographic is not heavily represented among our audience attendees and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to perform a special concert whose working title is ‘Fiesta’ that will include repertoire specifically aimed at the culture of this community. It will feature Latin American music composed for symphony orchestra.
“Heroines” – Goshen
HEROINES will be written and directed by Brian Petti, produced by Ken Tschan and Drew Smith. There will be five performances (September 29, 30, October 5, 6, 7) at the theater space at Goshen Music Hall, 223 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. This is the third of Brian’s plays to be shown in this space, joining ECHOES OF IRELAND and ABSOLUTION. He has been actively staging original plays in the Orange County area since 1996.
Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival – Orange County
The Mid-Hudson Valley has attracted the eyes of artists for more than two hundred years, including the Hudson River School, who’s landscape studies made our area world famous. Today, artists still flock to the region, especially during the fall, for the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival. This cultural event mixes our local emerging and established artists with professionals from across the country in a competition for prizes and awards. The festival is in it’s third year, and has been organized each year by a group of four artists from different organizations working together. There is a Quick Draw event that the public is welcome to join in and paint with the 30 for two hours and complete a painting. The paintings are judged by People’s Choice, and awards are given in adult and children’s categories.
Milkweed Poetry Journal (Issues 2 & 3) – Sugar Loaf
The Milkweed Poetry Journal’s mission is to document the voices and visions of Milkweed poets who participated in the group since its inception. Many of the poems featured in this issue were written during their weekly workshop. With the next two issues, poetry will be sourced from participants in the workshop as well as from members of the local poetry community. The journal aims to capture the poetic spirit of contemporary Orange County & environs poets.
Music for Humanity Master Class – Montgomery
This is a new project intended to impact both the “professional” music community with inspirational stories and advice of how to foster and develop a professional music performing career, while also giving inspiration to young musicians dreaming of a music career. It will also impact the music community and the general public with a concert by two masters in the industry. Music for Humanity aims to bring together musicians and music lovers to enjoy great music and in the process, raise money to benefit humanitarian, environmental & social causes.
Newburgh Open Movement 2018 Season – Newburgh
Newburgh Open Movement (NOM) is an innovative community event that makes time and space for people of all walks of life to come together for playful dancing, deep listening, and mindful movement. The guiding philosophies are diversity, co-creation and mindful playfulness and the event is by donation and open to people of all ages, creeds, abilities, colors, shapes and sizes.
Treecycle 2018 – Warwick
Treecycle is a collaborative, hands-on, community art project, produced by Wickham Works. Free and open to all, it is a one-day event that coincides with Earth Day, April 22nd, and takes place at Stanley Deming Park in Warwick. Facilitated by seven guest artists from Orange County, the public is invited to create tree sculptures using “art supplies” salvaged from the waste stream. While turning trash into treasure, participants learn about the importance of reducing their environmental footprint, how waste can be reused in fun and creative ways, and why we should bother to recycle. Once guest artists have completed their trees, they will be added to the immersive, sculpture forest that is being made by INC (Interactive Noise Collective) a team of young artists, organizers and musicians, who (under the auspices of Wickham Works) collaborate with the community to cultivate meaningful, engaging events.