The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces $98K in grant awards – troyrecord

TROY, NY — The Arts Center of the Capital Region announced the awarding of $98,000 of funding to 27 different artists and organizations across Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) 2022-23 Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) program.

This grant program enables emerging organizations and artists to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.

SCR grants are awarded in three categories: Community Arts, to fund public art and foster creative communities; Arts Education, to support education projects in schools and community organizations; and Individual Artist Commissions, to support artists in creating original work in their communities. Grant awards are determined by a panel of local decision-makers. Awarded projects and programs will occur between April 1, 2022, and March 1, 2023.

“The Arts Center is honored to be an SCR site for NYSCA, which allows us to support artists in our community in a very direct way,” Director of Programs and Regrants Coordinator Joseph Mastroianni said.

“We are consistently impressed by the creativity of our local artists and their commitment to sharing their talents with the Capital Region,” Mastroianni added.

The Statewide Community Regrant Program, formerly known as Decentralization or DEC, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Guidelines and informational seminars for the 2023-24 SCR cycle will be announced in Aug. 2022.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region was formed as the Rensselaer County Center for the Arts in 1962 and, with the help of NYSCA, became the Decentralization Regrant Site for Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties in 1978. The Arts Center is proud to be the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts, creative education, and expression and works to nurture and facilitate artistic diversity, outreach and impact through the Capital Region.

Community Arts Grants:

Albany County:

  • Colonie Senior Service Centers, A Moment in Time – What are you looking forward to in the future?
  • Grand Street Community Arts Inc., South End Art Street
  • Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District, Folk Dances of India
  • Howe Branch Albany Public Library, Indian Music Experience at Howe & Delaware Libraries
  • The Friends of Pruyn House, The Friends of Pruyn House performance of Anne of Green Gables
  • The Sage Colleges, Graphic Liberation! print workshop with artist Josh MacPhee
  • Up Stitch Hand/Work

Rensselaer County:

  • Capital Roots, Inc., Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enhancement via Creative Crosswalk
  • Prospect Park Foundation, Inc., Circus in the Park 2022
  • Troy Foundry Theatre, Troy Foundry Theater Training, and Creation

Schenectady County:

  • Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, Fall Spooktacular Creative Connectors Mural
  • Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, ALCO Tunnel Sculptural Tiles
  • Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Portraits of Black Mothers and Sons Impacted by Black Lives Matter
  • Jewish Community Center of Schenectady, INC., Summer Outdoor Art Fair and Exhibit

Arts Education Grants:

Rensselaer County:

  • Hoosic Valley Mac, Inc., Cross-Curricular Collaboration: Poetry

Schenectady County:

  • Oscar Bogran, Schenectady Youth Mural

Individual artist commissions:

Albany County:

  • Aurelius John, Pakistani Folk Percussion and Flute Demonstrations
  • Bree Hassel, The Albany Rock Project
  • Dylan Perrillo, Duo Music Recording
  • Ehsue Klay, Aung Karen Traditional Dance
  • Jordan Hill, African and American Drumming Traditions Workshop for Children
  • Latifa Ali Mohammad, Afghan Embroidery Workshop
  • Pinya Aung, Karen Traditional Music Tenaku Harp Performance and Demonstrations
  • Seth Tagoe Traore, Ghanaian Folk Dancing and Drumming
  • Shaman Raphael, Pakistani Traditional Harmonium and Singing

Rensselaer County:

  • Alicia Herrmann, The Journal Project, Part 2

Schenectady County:

  • Lecco Morris, The Valley Song Cycle
  • Oscar Bogran, Schenectady Youth Mural

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