GLENS FALLS - Annually, the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council awards grants to organizations, municipalities, and artists from Warren and Washington Counties. Funding for these grants is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, Warren County, and Rivendell Foundation.
36 nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Warren and Washington Counties will receive $62,148 for arts and cultural programming that is open to the public. Four Individual Artist grants of $2500 each were awarded to area artists to create new work that impacts, reflects, or involves the community.
The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program provided $63,148 in funding, with Warren County providing an additional $5000 for organizational projects within Warren County and the Rivendell Foundation provided an additional $4000 toward the Individual Artist awards.
These grants are distributed statewide through the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Three separate panels of seven (Washington County, Warren County, and Artist Grants) select the Grant recipients. Funding through LARAC's Arts Initiative program serves to enhance cultural programming within the region while reflecting the qualities and resources unique to the two counties.
These grants have been distributed in Warren County since 1979 and Washington County since the mid-80s. In this twenty plus year history, over $960,000 has been awarded to assist the region's arts and cultural programs. Funding acts as a catalyst for greater availability, exposure, participation, and appreciation of the arts. Without this funding, many of these programs would not have been possible.
The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council is one of many arts agencies throughout New York State that offers the Decentralization program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Free workshops on the grant process are offered annually in late summer. Applications are due in early fall. Those wishing to apply for these grants or seeking more information about any of the funded programs, should contact Grant Director, Anne Smoczynski, at 798-1144, ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details can also be found at www.LARAC.org.
Warren County 2009 grant recipients
Adirondack Ballet Theatre, $1200 towards Cinderella Ballet and $1000 towards The Nutcracker
Adirondack Children's Troupe, $1750 towards the production of Titanic
Adirondack Pipes and Drums, $2000 towards Celtic concerts
Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre, $2750 towards Degas and Music dance program
Adirondack Voices, $2100 towards vocal concert "An American Tapestry"
Charles R. Wood Theater, $2500 towards a One-Woman Show on the Titanic
Glens Falls Community Theatre, $3200 towards its Senior Seminar program
Hillview Free Library, $745 towards recorder concert by Courtly Music
Historical Society of the Town of Bolton Landing, $1400 towards presentation of New Work and $300 Shakes on the Lake presentations by the Lake George Theater Lab
Lake George Chamber Orchestra, $2750 towards Chamber Concert Series
Lake George Community Band, $1000 towards concert series
Lake Luzerne Regional Chamber of Commerce, $1000 towards summer concert series
Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association, Inc., $1200 towards The Written Word presentation
North Country Arts Center, $800 for student mentoring art program
North Warren Chamber of Commerce, $1050 towards summer concert series
Our Town Theatre Group, $1600 towards Waiting for Godot
Town of Chester, $795 to present The Seagle Colony's Children's Opera Carmenella
Town of Johnsburg Library, $1000 towards Fiber Arts Series
Town of Stony Creek, $2000 for summer concert series
Union Chapel Association of Sabbath Day Point, $2508 for Chamber Concert Series
Upstate Arts Forum, Inc., $1250 towards Glens Falls Third Thursday Artwalk