Arts Council offering grant opportunities

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council has announced it will be awarding Community Support funds for interested individuals or groups that live or have office space within 15 miles of Skaneateles and are seeking assistance with projects and sponsorships.

"The Arts Council is delighted to provide this community support opportunity once again," said Barbara Delmonico, committee chair and Arts Council board member. "Last year we were able to contribute a total of $5,000 to eight deserving groups. Once again we hope to help a number of artists, musicians, performing arts groups and community organizations through this funding initiative."

According to Delmonico, the Community Support initiative began in 2008 as a way to celebrate and support the visual and performing arts in Skaneateles and surrounding communities.

The grant program is the result of the Skaneateles Area Arts Council's mission, which is to help create an environment where cultural activity thrives in the community, Delmonico said.

"We had an overwhelming response last year and wished that we could have supported every unique and very deserving application," she said.

The Skaneateles Festival, John D.Barrow Gallery, Masterworks Chorale, Marcellus and Jordan Elbridge school districts, Schweinfurth Art Center and Skaneateles Artisans were recipients of funding last year.

"Without the generous grant from the Skaneateles Arts Council, the eighth-graders at Jordan Elbridge Middle School would not have experienced such a rich learning unit while working on their Circle Totem Sculpture, an interdisciplinary project joining English, Art and Technology classes," said Elizabeth Sio, Jordan Elbridge art teacher.

Executive Director of the Skaneateles Festival Susan Mark said the group received grant money last year and looks forward to applying to the Arts Council for future support as well. In regard to the formalities of applying from funding, Mark said it "is great to have a formal process for the community to apply for financial support."

Applications must be received no later that March 1. Winners will be notified by April 30.

The following categories will be considered:

Sponsorship (advertising and/or support of local arts groups): up to $1,000.

Strategic opportunity stipends for individuals: maximum request: $500.

Strategic opportunity stipends for groups: maximum request: $500.

Educational initiatives (teachers, students, workshops, scholarships, etc.): up to $1,000.

Collaborative programming (workshops, events, murals, lectures, etc.): up to $1,000.

For an application form or more information, contact Delmonico at bkdelmonico@hotmail.com or 685-7427.

The Arts Council is a tax exempt, non-profit 501c3 organization.

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