2024 NYSCA SCR Grant Recipients

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2024 NYSCA Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) funded Community Arts, Teaching Artist, and Individual Artist grant programs. The Statewide Community Regrant program 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.

Nearly 90 artists, organizations, and towns from Cattaraugus, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties received 104 grants totaling $305,000 for arts and cultural programs taking place in 2024 and the first half of 2025. This unprecedented amount of funding is the largest in regrant history and represents a continued investment in artists and the greater community.

These grants fulfill a vital mission of The ARTS Council for making arts and culture accessible to all and to supporting creative expression that inspires a more diverse and inclusive region.

$234,225 in Community Arts grants support the activities of artists, individuals, arts groups, and community organizations in service to local communities:

Cattaraugus County

  • David Isaac, $3,800, The Art of Making Traditional Lacrosse Sticks
  • Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, $1,100, Hollywood Theater Camp
  • Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, $3,200, Music & Me Camp
  • Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater in partnership with Kimberly Merrill, $4,500, Bluebeard’s Castle – Opera in One Act by Béla Bartók
  • Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, $3,000, Community Sports Mural
  • Kathleen Girdlestone, $2,420, The Art of Making Ribbon Skirts
  • Keynote Chorus, $4,400, Keynote Chorus Public Performances
  • Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, $3,200, Friday Night Music Series
  • Salamanca Public Library, $4,280, Connecting Communities through Crafts
  • Southern Tier Symphony, $3,600, 21st Season Concert Series
  • The Olean Theatre Workshop, $2,500, A Season of Family Friendly Theatre

Chemung County

  • 360 Pronoia, $5,000, 360 Odyssey: An Immersive Art Expo
  • 360 Pronoia in partnership with Nausheen Fatima, $4,500, Sharing Food Stories
  • 607 Unity Unlimited, $4,200, Community Outreach
  • Abby’s Paws for a Cause Inc., $5,000, The Outsiders
  • Big Flats Library Advocates, Inc., $4,400, Big Flats Library Outside Wall Mural
  • CASA-Trinity, Inc, $3,000, Arts and Communication Skills Enrichment Programs for youth at Air Clubhouse
  • Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, $3,800, Lake Street LawnFest
  • Chemung County Library District, $5,000, 2024 Art Workshops at CCLD
  • Crystal Chords Chorus, $1,800, I’ve Got the Music in Me Concert
  • Economic Opportunity Program in partnership with Marcus Johnson, $4,500, Ferrario Elmira Jazz Festival
  • Economic Opportunity Program, $4,450, Juneteenth 2024
  • Elizabeth Anderson, $4,550, Feather and Flower: an Exploration of this Land We Call Home.
  • Elmira College in partnership with Ariela Nazar-Rosen, $5,000, make the Bed
  • Elmira Downtown Development, $2,000, Elmira Street Painting Festival and Chalk It Up For Our Youth
  • Elmira Little Theatre, $3,300, 80th Season
  • Erin Historical Society, $4,300, Save Our Silo
  • Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, $2,500, Riverside Watercolor Workshop
  • Jewish Center and Federation of the Twin Tiers, $700, Art Lecture Series
  • Southside Community Center, $4,890, Creative Exploration Project
  • The Park Church, $3,000, Elmira 2024 Pride Celebration
  • Timothy Collins, $4,100, To Live in the Words
  • Wynn Yarrow, $2,500, Turn of a Word: Calligraphy Workshops

 Schuyler County

  • Dutton S Peterson Memorial Library, $5,000, Adventures in Art and Nature
  • Laura Rowley, $3,040, Watkins Glen Book Arts Series
  • Village of Watkins Glen, $4,300, Village of Watkins Glen Summer Concert Series
  • Watkins Glen Promotions, $4,500, 2024 Montour Falls Harvest Festival
  • Watkins Glen Public Library, $3,440, Art in the Glen Series

Steuben County

  • Centerstage Community Theatre, $4,250, The Warm Fuzzies Musical
  • Cohocton Public Library, $1,850, 2024 Artistry Workshops
  • Crows Nest Artists, $1,500, Summer Saturday Sculpture on the Waterfront
  • Crows Nest Artists, $3,500, Interactive Art Activities at Keuka Lake Art Show
  • Endless Mountain Music Festival, $5,000, Endless Mountain Music Festival Pops!
  • Explore Steuben, $5,000, The Days of Incandescence Musical Composition and Performance Project
  • Family Service Society, Inc, $2,300, The Community Glass Art Program for Children and Teens
  • Family Service Society, Inc, $1,400, The Community Arts Program for Children and Teens
  • Hornell Area Family YMCA, $870, Ukulele Access Project
  • Hornell Area Wind Ensemble, $800, 2024 Hornell Wind Ensemble Concert Series
  • Hornell Public Library, $645, LGTBQ+ Pride Community Art Class
  • Hornell Public Library, $3,865, Cultural Explorations with the Hornell Public Library
  • Keuka Lake Art Association, $1,000, Pastels Workshop for Amateurs
  • Keuka Peaceful Roots, $3,600, Women in Arts – all the senses!
  • Keuka Peaceful Roots Community Arts, $1,400, Friday Night Sculpture Series
  • Louise Sullivan-Blum, $5,000, We Were Interrupted
  • Orpheus Chorale of Hornell, $2,950, Reflections: The Power of Song
  • Pulteney Free Library, $1,600, ARTS Programming 2024
  • Pulteney Free Library, $600, John Bolger Band concert
  • Southeast Steuben County Library, $2,300, Bookbinding Class
  • Southern Finger Lakes Pride, $5,000.00, 2024 SoFLX Pride Celebration
  • Southern Finger Lakes Pride in partnership with Dart Frog Studios, $3,000, Boy My Greatness
  • The Dormann Library, $660, Visiting Artists
  • The Dormann Library, $1,725, Discovery Kids
  • The Dormann Library, $2,640, Variety Dance Classes
  • The Keuka Lake Players, $3,300, Into the Woods
  • The Women’s Chorale of Corning, $3,100, 2024 Performance
  • Valley Folk Music, $2,000, Windborne: Music of Midwinter Tour

Tioga County

  • Coburn Free Library, $5,000, Stories with Music in Tioga County
  • Newark Valley Historical Society, $3,000, Depot Friday Night Concert Series
  • The Kirby Band, $2,000, 2024 Season
  • Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, $2,300, Sunday in the Park with George
  • Tioga County Tourism in partnership with Tioga County Contradance, $5,000, Coming of Age Dance Series
  • Village of Newark Valley, $2,300, Toe Tappin’ at the Trout Ponds
  • Waverly Free Library, $5,000, Growing Community Through the Arts

$25,275 in Teaching Artist grants support local artists and organizations in engaging K-12 students in rich, artistic learning experiences.

Chemung County

  • Chris Longwell, $5,000, Summer Ceramics Workshop for High School Students
  • Curtis Poole, $4,300, Empowering Dreams through Audio-Visual Arts Education
  • Davida Moss, $3,100.00, Educational Mentor Project
  • Filomena Jack, $2,750, Urban Sketching Booklet Project for Kids

Steuben County

  • Carder School PTA, $2,750, Poetry in Our Community and Ourselves
  • Emily Swan, $2,475, Drawing a Story
  • Family Service Society, Inc, $880, The Youth Mentoring Drama Program
  • Finger Lakes Boating Museum, $950, Connecting the Art & Craft of Paddle Making to Contemporary Tech/Industrial Arts
  • Regional Science & Discovery Center, $3,070, Elementary After-school STEAM Club

$45,500 in Individual Artist grants support local artists in the creation of new work.

Cattaraugus County

  • Kathleen Girdlestone, $1,000.00 , Skywoman Our Mother Earth

Chemung County

  • Gerry Brown, $2,500, Ballad of a City
  • Jennifer Sekella, $1,500, From the Inside Out: Soul to the Surface
  • Kevin Jackson, $2,100, Life (in Elmira)
  • Kylene Kiah, $1,600, Arctic League Mural
  • Megan Parker, $2,050, A Creativity Guide for Individuals living with Depression & Anxiety
  • Megan Parker, $2,300, The Reign of Stars and Shields
  • Nathan Squiers, $2,250, Angels Fall First
  • Nathan Squiers, $2,300, Mad Dogma
  • Rebecca Rich, $2,500, Songfeelings
  • Satyavani Pippalla Akula , $2,500, Conscious Wings
  • SatyaVani Pippalla Akula, $2,500, Seeing Beauty
  • Tim Collins, $900, A Dream Within a Dream
  • Wynn Yarrow, $2,500, Calligraphic Rondels

Schuyler County

  • Laura Rowley, $1,800, Gig Life: Creative Work
  • Sophie Till, $2,300, Sophie Till – Videos for String Players
  • Shannah Warwick, $1,900, Beyond the Physical: Creating the Invisible

Steuben County

  • Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, $2,500, Painting Our Parks
  • Paul Spencer, $2,500, Glass Bead Paintings
  • Sarah Shirley, $1,800, Colour Codes