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Arts Community receives support to fund new programs

The folk duo Magpie, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino visited the students at AuSable Forks Elementary School Oct. 12. 
Magpie is working with the students on a project for the “Voices of Timbuctoo: An Abolition Oratorio” project of  Helen Demong of Saranac Lake.

The folk duo Magpie, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino visited the students at AuSable Forks Elementary School Oct. 12. Magpie is working with the students on a project for the “Voices of Timbuctoo: An Abolition Oratorio” project of Helen Demong of Saranac Lake. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Almost 30 area art programs were awarded funding through the 2013 Decentralization Grant Funding on Feb 1. The grants were announced by the North Country Cultural Center.

Projects were awarded funding in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin County, decentralization grant coordinator Kathleen Recchia said. This was this first time the grants have been awarded from the NCCCA to Essex and Southern Franklin County since the center began working in the area six years ago.

Twenty one projects were funded under the “Community Arts Grants” category, seven under the “Arts Education” category and one regional artist was selected for the “Individual Artist” Category.

The awards will be presented to the artists at a special awards ceremony at the NCCCA Arts Center on Friday March 8.

The NCCCA received more than 30 requests from the region encompassing all of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties in Northern New York.

“This was a year of change for arts grants in the North Country,” Janine Scherline, NCCCA Executive Director, said in a press release. “The additional grant categories, expansion of grant territory and inclusion of an Individual Artist Award involved new complexity for our organization and for our new Grants Coordinator, Kathy Recchia.”

Recchia said in a press release, “with more than 30 applications submitted for consideration, members from the panels had some tough decisions to make. But each member did his or her research and after much deliberation, the applications were scored and awards recommended.”

The following grants were awarded for 2013:

Community Arts Grants were awarded to 21 projects in organizations from all three counties:

In Clinton County, grants were awarded to the Adirondack Wind Ensemble, Adirondack Youth Orchestra, ROTA Art Gallery, Champlain Valley Voices, and Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library.

In Essex County grants were awarded to Piano by Nature, Tahawus Lodge Center and Onstage, Ballard Park Concert Series, Ticonderoga Museum, Ticonderoga Guild Arts, Town of Keene, Tara Mulvey Youth Theatre, Ticonderoga Historical Society, Whallonsburg Grange, and the Champlain Valley Film Society.

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