An arts council is being formed in Ticonderoga. The new group hopes to coordinate the activities of existing arts organizations — the Champlain Valley Chorale, above, plan events and promote the arts in the community.
An arts council is being formed in Ticonderoga.
The new group hopes to coordinate the activities of existing arts organizations, plan events and promote the arts in the community.
“It’s making the statement that Ticonderoga supports the arts and artisans,” explained Deb Malaney. “That arts are an integral part of our community.”
Malaney is Ticonderoga supervisor, but the the arts council is not a government-affiliated organization. The volunteer group is working in conjunction with the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. Malaney is also a member of the alliance.
“The town board supports the arts council, but it is not a town committee and will not use any taxpayer money,” Malaney said. “This is strictly a volunteer effort.”
Ticonderoga’s town board adopted a resolution in support of the arts council at its August meeting. The resolution read, in part, “the town board of the the town of Ticonderoga recognizes that the arts can build and sustain prosperity with a cultural infrastructure that plays a crucial role in workforce and business recruitment and retention and provides a significant economic impact and will support the TRA (Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance) to create a vibrant and active town arts council.”
Malaney, who is coordinating the fledgling arts council, said the group welcomes anyone with an interest in art, music, theatre or other arts.
“Anyone interested in the arts is welcome to help form this arts coalition,” Malaney said. “We’re going to start out small — kids painting flower boxes along the street, asking local musicians to donate their time to play in the park, art displays in downtown business windows, anything art related.”
Malaney hopes the new group can act as an umbrella organization for existing arts organizations in Ticonderoga — the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ti Arts Inc., the Champlain Valley Chorale and others.
“By forming an arts council and working together we hope to qualify for arts-related grants,” Malaney said.
The new arts council will also work closely with Ticonderoga Central School’s art and music departments, Malaney said.
“We have amazingly-talented teachers and students with a lot of great ideas,” she said. “We want to take advantage of those talents.”
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, a private group of investors working to spur economic development in the community, bought the former Cobbler’s Bench building on Montcalm Street earlier this year. The building is 15,000 square feet in size, with 14-foot ceilings on the first two floors and 12-foot ceilings on the third. Malaney said a part of that building may be used to house artisans and exhibits.
“We believe the arts can enhance our community culturally and economically,” Malaney said. “We hope to pull all the interested parties together and move forward.”
People interested in joining the Ticonderoga Arts Council can contact Malaney at the town hall.