programs + services

New York State Grant Programs

Each year, The ARTS Council receives funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), which are regranted locally to support public arts projects and arts-in-education programs.

Decentralization (DEC) - This matching grant program, which regrants State funds on the local level, focuses on public and school-based projects that increase accessibility to the arts for all. It supports collaborations between artists, schools and arts/cultural organizations, and assists emerging arts organizations. Since 1977, The ARTS Council has awarded close to $2 million in State funds through this program, which operates in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties. More

Artist Crossroads - Artist Crossroads provides support for artists who seek to create new work.  The program encourages the creation of unique, artist-driven, site-specific multi-disciplinary, visual, performance, dance/choreography, literary/writing, video/film, musical composition or music-related public arts projects occurring in non-arts venues in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties.  Work may be inspired by a particular aspect of the surrounding geography, under-represented or under-served communities, and local/regional history. More

Electronic Media & Film – Since 2012, The ARTS Council has administered two statewide regrant programs for NYSCA: Presentation Funds and Finishing Funds. These programs provide funds to artists to present and finish their work. More

Local Grantmaking

A collaboration between The ARTS Council and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, the QuickARTS program supports community-based arts and cultural activities and individual artist opportunities in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. More

Services for Arts/Cultural Organizations and Artists

The ARTS Council provides a full range of services to artists and arts/cultural organizations of all disciplines and at all stages of their careers in Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung counties and beyond.

The ARTS Council provides assistance to individuals, organizations and groups on proposal writing, funding, exhibit and performance opportunities, career- and audience building, budget-making, program development and marketing.  The ARTS Council offers access to online resources, publications, NYSCA and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) resources, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

The Gallery @ The ARTS Council, located at The ARTS Council office at 79 West Market Street in Corning, provides regional artists of all disciplines and at all stages of their careers an opportunity to exhibit, perform and sell their work.  The ARTS Council also facilitates artist participation in local and regional events.

Marketing assistance for artists and organizations is provided through The ARTS Council’s online Arts Calendar, email newsletters, and social media, in addition to traditional print advertising. We also provide social media training on request.

The ARTS Council encourages relationships between artists, arts/cultural organizations, schools, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses in the region, for on-going activities and special events of all kinds. Gatherings are held regularly throughout The ARTS Council’s service area on various topics, which allow local artists, organizations and the public to exchange ideas and resources.

The ARTS Council’s Business of Art program provides information and resources to artists of all disciplines on how to build their careers.

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Folk Arts

The ARTS Council’s Folk Arts program serves the public, artists, arts/cultural organizations and schools throughout the Southern Tier. Partially funded by NYSCA, its primary purpose is to support folk art traditions practiced in the region, and develop and support programming that enables the public to experience these traditions as well as those of other parts of the world.  Since 1986, The ARTS Council, often in collaboration with local arts/cultural organizations, has initiated a host of exhibitions, demonstrations and events. Ongoing events include the Old Time Fiddlers' Gathering, held since 1989 in Watkins Glen, and the annual Gathering of Dancers, held at the Arnot Mall. More

National Youth Art Month

National Youth Art Month (NYAM) is a national event that celebrates the artist in every child.  Its purpose is to direct attention and increase community awareness of the value of art education for all children.  Every year, with the cooperation of local businesses and art teachers, The ARTS Council exhibits over 1000 pieces of youth artwork in businesses throughout Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. NYAM is supported by the Doris Bovee Foundation. More

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