Two ARTS Partnership Awards are presented annually to individuals, businesses, schools, or organizations that have demonstrated vision, leadership, and commitment to the advancement of the arts in our region. ARTS Partnership Award recipients have shown a sense of personal responsibility, making a significant impact on the community through their arts-related service.
We are pleased to award David Quackenbush of Steuben County and Kylene Kiah of Chemung County with 2019 ARTS Partnership Awards!
David Quackenbush is Lead Teacher at the High School Learning Center (HSLC) in the Corning-Painted Post School District and the students are his top priority. Quackenbush’s commitment to the arts is evidenced by his long and fruitful collaboration with the Rockwell Museum. For instance, he helped establish Masks, Music, Movement & Monologues in 2004 to provide an opportunity for students to learn from teaching artists and musicians. As part of this multi-faceted program, Quackenbush forms and leads a band made entirely of HSLC students. Rehearsals are held at his home and the students use his instruments. In 2008, Quackenbush collaborated with the Rockwell Museum to create the Alley Art Project, which aids in creating a thriving public arts scene in downtown Corning. Quackenbush attends the mural classes, assists in the painting, and collaborates with city administrators and guest artists, all of which take him well beyond work hours. In 2017, Quackenbush worked with the Rockwell Museum and the Smithsonian to include HSLC students on the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council. The program connected HSLC students with other students around the nation who provided advice to the Smithsonian from a youth perspective. In 2019, Quackenbush traveled with three HSLC students to Washington, DC to meet the Smithsonian Secretary. In addition to arts and culture focused programming, Quackenbush manages a student work experience at local organizations including the Corning Museum of Glass, Southeast Steuben County Library, Corning Information Center, the Rockwell Museum, The ARTS Council and businesses on Market Street. Quackenbush has also collaborated with the Rakow Library on Stories from the Crystal City as well as with numerous other community events such as the Garden of Fire. Quackenbush is a talented musician playing in two bands, The Tonguecutters and Mortal Combine. He helps coordinate two music festivals and has participated in the Gaffer District’s Battle of the Bands. Quackenbush is an enormous asset to the region and we are pleased to present him with The ARTS Partnership Award!
Kylene Kiah is the owner of Wine and Design Corning and Elmira. She lives in Elmira, New York and recently opened a “Private Party Room” on Water Street, which has become a vital part of downtown. Kiah is an active member of Elmira Downtown Development’s Arts and Culture Committee. She is involved in many community projects centering on the arts and has been integral to the Elmira Street Painting Festival since 2013. She has created work for Elmira POPART including a piece called “Bookcase” featuring local celebrities and landmarks. Kiah also helped students with painting utility boxes in the city. For Elmira Grows Art, Kiah painted 14 blighted flower planters on West Water Street. She created a mural on Kingsbury Cyclery during the Elmira Street Painting Festival and is working on another site for the Downtown Elmira Mural Project. Kiah’s public art has empowered the community and revitalized the downtown. Kiah works with students at four elementary schools in the Elmira City School ARCADE Program painting inspirational quotes on bathroom stalls and as murals in hallways. The pieces encourage positivity, resistance to bullying and stresses the importance of kindness. Kiah’s work with students builds their confidence and ensures that all children have access to art. Kiah goes out of her way to partner with programs geared towards community building through the arts. We are thrilled to present her with The ARTS Partnership Award!
Amelia Fais Harnas
Chemung County Library District
Carol Landon Ayers
The Cantata Singers of Elmira and the team of
Martha Horton, Felix Kapron, Susan Nagle and Will
Star-Gazette Columnists: John Cleary, Kathy
Costello, Sarah McFarland and Catherine White
Arnot Art Museum Staff
Lake Country Players
Mary Lu Walker
Corning Children’s Center
The Chemung River School Project
Linda and Tom Gardner
Maria Driscoll McMahon
Jan P. Updegraff
John D. O’Hern
Rodi Rovner of Hands on Glass Studio
Fine Arts Boosters of Alfred-Almond Central School
Dr. Thomas Meier
The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass
Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties
Time Warner Cable
Elmira City School District
Dr. John and Phyllis Martin
The Leader, Star-Gazette and Michael Orr for See,
Hear & Do
Elmira Symphony and Choral Society and the Corning Philharmonic Society