To continue its mission to support the arts in the area, the Skaneateles Area Arts Council recently awarded $5,000 in grants to seven local recipients. Each applicant had to show their vision and goals; information about the creative process and how their event or concept would impact the community and reflect or respond to the life, culture or needs of the area.
“The variety of applicants this time was phenomenal,” said Barbara Delmonico, board member of SKARTS and a member of the grants’ committee, along with Sharon Barno and Mary Torrisi. From an after school theater for two to six-year-olds to a Gospel music choir, the groups awarded the grants by SKARTS represent a variety of different artists and programs in the area.
Since 2006, SKARTS has given over $60,000 in grants to individual artists or groups, as well as free concerts, in the community.
The Spring 2012 grant recipients include: Jo Werner of the John D. Barrow Art Gallery, who received a $1,000 grant for a collaborative event to be held August 9, 2012, involving the John D. Barrow Art Gallery; the Finger Lakes Land Trust and the Skaneateles Festival. The aim is to bring many people together who care about art, music and conserving the natural integrity of the Finger Lakes. A reception will be held in the Barrow Gallery, followed by a presentation by the Skaneateles Festival in Presbyterian Church.
Betty Davenport, executive board member of the Skaneateles Community Band received $1,000 grant for the Skaneateles Community Band to help continue the free Friday night concerts at the Gazebo in Skaneateles. The volunteer band, whose conductor is the only paid member, is incurring growing expenses. The band, which will celebrate their 30th anniversary, practices once a week from April through August and in December to prepare for the Christmas concert.
Laura Austin of the Red House Arts Center received a $750 grant for the production of “The Tempest,” this summer’s Shakespeare by the lake program. The free, family-friendly performance is scheduled for Sunday, June 17 at 2 pm in Clift Park.
Dierdre Aureden of Baltimore Woods Nature Center received a $750 grant for the design and installation of a mosaic bench to be built near Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s new pavilion. The project will involve local artists and help connect people to nature through art.
Patricia Rickard/Sheila Card of the Khoros Performing Arts Company for Kids, Inc. and the Skaneateles Y and Community Center received a $750 grant for “Curtin Call,” an after-school theater program for children in grades 1-6, which runs from mid-fall to mid-winter. The child-centered program culminates with a performance for the community.
Dr. Joan Hillsman, Ph.D, of Joan Hillsman’s Music Network received a $500 grant to bring the art form of gospel music to Skaneateles as a summer enrichment program for the community. The participants of the art form of gospel music engage in singing, poetry and movement, thus increasing the understanding of diversity in music, as well as creating a community environment of inclusion and unity.
Sue Dove of the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce received a $250 grant to support local artists and strengthen Skaneateles’ identity as an art town by producing “dance cards.” Customers who visit participating businesses, which display local artists’ works, will have their “dance cards” punched on “First Fridays” of the month. After 5 punches, the customer will receive a gift donated by one of the local businesses in Skaneateles. In cooperation with local businesses, First Fridays in Skaneateles celebrate local artists with food, beverages and entertainment in the village.
SKARTS is also presenting it’s fourth free concert at the gazebo in Clift Park called “SKARTS ‘N the Park” with the Mere Mortals, July 1st at 8 pm . Also, the 8th annual SKARTS gala at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Skaneateles will feature Tito Puente, Jr. and his Latin Dance Party, Sunday July 28th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.