Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report

July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Photo by Chris Walters



From the Director

Photo by Chris Walters
Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director

Fiscal year 2016 was an exciting year for The ARTS Council! The grants funding made available through our administration increased from fiscal year 2015 by over $19,000. We refocused our work on services for artists and cultural partners by dedicating a full-time staff person to Programs and Outreach, and developing a more engaged volunteer base. Evidence of the impact of this adjustment was reflected in things like the launch of Poets in Play, a bimonthly poetry reading at Soul Full Cup Coffeehouse in Corning. Furthermore, in collaboration with The Rockwell Museum and Urban Corning, The ARTS Council helped initiate the Urban Arts Crawl, featuring arts experiences in Corning on the final Friday of the month from September through May. It was also an important year for the Folk Arts Program, which worked in collaboration with the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes to mount an exhibit called Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place. This exhibit shared the stories of the African-American community in Corning, as well as exploring African-American foodways, regional history, and gospel music.

The increase in programming and our strong commitment to collaboration has made The ARTS Council more relevant than ever to our three-county service region. We continued to work with the Cultural Heritage Committee to develop approaches to community development and increase tourism in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties through projects such as Points of Inspiration, a driving trail featuring architecture and scenic views.

The work that happened in this year set the stage for additional powerful programming beginning in fiscal year 2017. Programs and Outreach has developed a popular workshop series called Business of Art, as well as networking opportunities for artists such as Create and Connect. The Folk Arts Program has been engaged in research with the Jewish community in Elmira that will culminate in an exhibition in collaboration with the Chemung County Historical Society and the Jewish Federation of the Twin Tiers. Finally, the initiation of The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery and its solo show program have had a direct impact on the careers of emerging artists in the region. Because the arts are foundational to the human experience and a thriving region. The ARTS Council is committed more than ever to serving individual artists and cultural partners. Thank you for working with us towards this goal!

The ARTS Council Finances

Running the Numbers

The ARTS Council’s finances were stable going into Fiscal Year 2017 thanks to steady support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Corning Incorporporated Foundation, the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes and our many generous donors and supporters.

Our Annual Fundraiser

Recycled Runway





In Fiscal Year 2016, The ARTS Council awarded more than $149,000 in funds from both the New York State Council on the Arts and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. These funds represent 27% of our annual expenses and went to support public programming and individual artists in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties. We also distributed the state-wide Electronic Media and Film Grant.

Grants Highlight:
Steele Memorial Library

Central to our mission of making art accessible, The ARTS Council administered a number of different grant programs that support artists and organizations in this endeavor. Over the last two years, through generous support of the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY partnered with artist Aleta Yarrow on more than a dozen art workshops that cover a wide variety of topics such as printmaking, color theory, clay-making, and more. Grant funding covered all of Aleta’s artist fees to design and implement the programming, while the library contributed all supplies. Focused on adult learners, workshops were open and free of charge, and with an average of 25 participants for each workshop, the library successfully filled every workshop to capacity.


We administered several grants that support arts and Cultural projects focused on our local communities. QuickARTS grants provided up to $500 for short-term activities while Community Arts grants supported up to $5,000 for activies in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga Counties. These grants supported non-profits, local governments, sponsored artists, and non-incorporated Organizations. Finally, we awarded Presentation Funds grants statewide for non-profits to host presentations by electronic media and film artists.

Finger Lakes Mask & Puppet Theatre, 2017 Community Arts Grant Recipient


We supported individual artists through a variety of grant programs. Artist Development grants provided up to $500 to support exhibitions, residencies, and other professional development opportunities. Artist Crossroads grants of $2,500 supported the creation of site-specific, community driven public art projects occurring in non-arts venues. Finally, we awarded Finishing Funds grants statewide that provided up to $2,5000 to support the completion of experimental film, video, sound, new media, and web-based work.

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, Soaring Gardens residency, Artist Development Grant Recipient. Photo by Chris Walters


We administered the Public School Teaching Artist grant program that supported arts education projects in schools. This grant provided up to $5,000 for non-profits and individuals to bring an artist on any subject matter into a K-12 public school. Projects ranged from pinhole photography to Native American art, and focused on the exploration of art and the artistic process through a series of sequential, learning activities. Emphasis was placed on the depth and quality of the creative process.

Regional Science and Discovery Center, Pinhole Photography at Hugh Gregg Elementary School, Public School Teaching Artist Grant Recipient. Photo by Chris Walters

Folk Arts

Folk Arts Highlight:
Finger Lakes Fruit Heritage Project

Learning about pruning from Mike Biltonen

The Finger Lakes Fruit Heritage Project will document the history and creativity of cider making, orchards, fruit, u-pick, cider mills, festivals, foodways, fermentation, preserving, grafting, old varieties, migrant labor, landscapes, artists, agriculturalists, musicians, and more!  This is a new research project, and we welcome input from the community.

Black Voices of Corning:

Perspectives on Place

Opening reception at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes with featured citizen, Odessa McGrady (right). Photo by Chris Walters


The exhibit explored the history and culture of Corning’s Black community and the way changing attitudes to race have shaped the city. Based on oral history interviews, photographs from private collections, and historical maps of Corning from museum archives, the exhibit painted an intimate portrait of the experience of being Black in Corning.


Food & Migration with Michael Twitty

Michael Twitty presented at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. Photo by Chris Walters


Michael Twitty, African American culinary historian and activist, gave several presentations and a hands-on cooking experience that explored the heritage of African food and African American cooks. From cultural origins in Africa, to the kitchens where enslaved Africans toiled in bondage, the influence of African food remains part of our collective, but often unacknowledged, American heritage.

Old Time Fiddlers Gathering

Old Time Fiddle Music & Nordic Music and Folk Arts

Our annual festival continues to expand to feature more local folk arts and music. Saturday featured Old Time performers and workshops in a variety of styles, and Sunday featured music and traditions from communities and people of Nordic heritage in our region with participation from the Finger Lakes Finns community group.

Finger Lakes Finns at Lakewood Vineyard during our Nordic Heritage day. Maija De Koche (center) with Krista and Kari Koskinen. Photo by Chris Walters


Programs Highlight:
National Youth Art Month

NYAM opening reception at The Rockwell Museum.

Last March as in years past, The ARTS Council participated in National Youth Art Month (NYAM). NYAM is a month of celebration, awareness, and advocacy for art in our schools.

The bright colors and eclectic designs of student artwork transformed businesses and organizations throughout Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties into art exhibit spaces.

Let NYAM be a catalyst for you to explore the imperative role  that arts & creativity play throughout our lives – from cognitive development in early childhood to stimulation in our elder years.




Student Art Society

The Student Art Society was started as a program focused on career-building opportunities for young artists. It included an online art discussion group and an invitation for in-person portfolio reviews by arts and university professionals. We look forward to adding new programming for our student artists next year.

Poets in Play

Poets in Play is Corning’s poetry series. A cozy evening of coffee, tea, and poetry, this program set new and veteran wordsmiths alike to thinking of their next verse. We hosted six Poets in Play events at Soul Full Cup Coffee House with a featured poet and an inspired open mic for fellow poets to contribute to the evening.

Poets in Play event: Bart White, Nov 25, 2015.


Points of Inspiration

Launched in September of 2015, Points of Inspiration was a collaborative program led by The ARTS Council to provide an avenue of regional exploration for locals and visitors. It includes driving trails that highlight architecture and scenic views throughout Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties, as well as a geocaching adventure! Learn more at

An example of a Points of Inspiration Geocaching Kit.

Collaborations to Serve Our Community

Regional Projects

The ARTS Council believes in advocacy and in collaboration. We work on projects that promote the arts in our region, often working with partners to enhance quality of life. These were the regional projects we were involved with in Fiscal Year 2016:

The Arts Award Ceremony

ARTS Awards Ceremony Support:
New York State Council on the Arts

ARTS Awards Ceremony Venue:
171 Cedar Arts Center



Arts in Bloom

Arts in Bloom Contributers:
Arts in Bloom Organization
West End Gallery
171 Cedar Arts Center
Aroma Coffee and Gallery
Multiple artists throughout Steuben County




ArtSpace Project Partners:
171 Cedar Arts Center
Arbor Housing and Development
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
Three Rivers Development

ArtSpace Project Support:
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
Three Rivers Development



Black Voices of Corning

Black Voices of Corning Partners:
Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

Black Voices of Corning Contributers:
Friendship Baptist Gospel Choir
Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
New York Council on the Humanities

Black Voices of Corning Support:
Corning Credit Union
Corning Incorporated Global Diversity and Inclusion
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
New York State Council on the Arts

Black Voices of Corning Venues:
Corning Community College
Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes
171 Cedar Arts Center



Corning Public Art Committee




El Dia De Los Muertos

El Dia De Los Muertos Partners:
The Rockwell Museum



Garden of Fire

Garden of Fire Partners:
171 Cedar Arts Center
Addison Youth Center
Hornell Area Concern for Youth
Laura Richardson Houghton Corning Youth Center
The Rockwell Museum
Salvation Army of Corning
Tanglewood Nature Center

Garden of Fire Support:
National Endowment on the Arts Challenge America Grant
The Triangle Fund
The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
Rose’s Youth Philanthropists



National Youth Art Month

NYAM Schools:
Able 2 of Chemung County
Beecher Elementary School
Bradford Central School
Carder Elementary School
Corning Children’s Center
Corning Christian Academy
Corning-Painted Post High School
Corning-Painted Post Middle School
Diven Elementary Schools
Elmira High School
Ernie Davis Academy
Fassett Elementary School
Finn Academy Charter School
Gregg Elementary School
Hammondsport Elementary School
Hammondsport High School
Hendy Elementary School
High School Learning Center
Horseheads High School
Horseheads Intermediate School
Jasper-Troupsburg Central School
Odessa-Montour High School
Parley Coburn Elementary School
Pathways, Inc. Erwin Child & Family Center
Savona Elementary School
Severn Elementary
Smith Elementary School
Spencer-Van Etten High School
Spencer-Van Etten Middle School
Van Etten Elementary School
Vernon E. Wightman Primary School
Watkins Glen Central High School
Watkins Glen Elementary School
Wayland-Cohocton Central School
Winfield Street Elementary School

NYAM Support:
Abeel Bovee Community Foundation Trust
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
New York State Council on the Arts

NYAM Community Venues:
171 Cedar Arts Center
Charlie’s Cafe
Chemung Canal Trust
Chemung Valley History Museum
Clemens Center
Community Arts of Elmira
Connors Mercantile
Corning Community College: Elmira Academic Center
Corning Credit Union
Corning Credit Union, Market St. Branch
Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream
Dormann Library
Elmira Savings Bank
Fiber Arts in the Glen
Five Star Bank
Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library
Glen Mountain Market
Heavenly Cup Coffee Roasters
Horseheads Free Library
Humane Society of Schuyler County
Imagine That!
Kozy Korner
Little Boomers’ Burrito Bar
Market Street Coffee & Tea
McAnn’s Restaurant
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes
O’Susannah’s Quilts & Gifts
Poppleton Bakery and Café
Pure Design
Realty USA, Market Street Office
Schuyler County Courthouse Complex
Schuyler Hospital
Simply Autumn Café and Restaurant
Soul Full Cup Coffee House
Southeast Steuben County Library
Spencer Library
Steele Memorial Library
Steve Seaberg – State Farm Insurance
The Harvest Café
The Rockwell Museum
The Source
The YMCA of Greater Rochester, Corning Community YMCA Branch
Tioga State Bank
Turtle Leaf Café
Van Etten Library
Vitrix Hot Glass Studio
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
Watkins Glen Library
Wegmans in Corning
West Elmira Library
Wooly Minded
YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers

Old Time Fiddlers Gathering

Old Time Fiddlers Gathering Contibuters:
The Finger Lakes Finns

Old Time Fiddlers Gathering Support:
Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce
New York State Council on the Arts

Old Time Fiddlers Gathering Venue:
Lakewood Vineyards



Points of Inspiration

Points of Inspiration Partners:
Chemung County Historical Society
Chemung County Chamber of Commerce
Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce

Points of Inspiration Support:
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
Corning Incorporated Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts



Urban Arts Crawl

Urban Arts Crawl Partners:
171 Cedar Arts Center
Exhibit A
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes
Rockwell Museum
Urban Corning
West End Gallery





In addition to our other work, we provide supplementary support to individual artists, writers, musicians, and other creators with our Artist Membership. We also have more opportunities for cultural organizations with our Cultural Partnership. To learn more about the benefits of joining, visit our Artist Member and Cultural Partner pages. Thank you to all of our members, and we look forward to serving you next year!  

Artist Members

Christine Adams

Mary Sgarlata Adamus

Anita Adelsberg

Lee Adelsberg

April Allen

Karen Alpha

Gigi Alvare

Mavin Staub Ambrose

Tedd Arnold

Svetlana Baldwin

Chris Black

Marie Blackwell

Carol Bloomgarden

Judy Boettner

Bill Boland

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo

j. m. brown

Bronson Burdick

Matthew  Burroughs

Paula Bush

Laura Charles

Sunhwa Choi

Ian Christopher

Sandi Cirillo

David Clark

Kenneth Cobb

Chalice Colino

Ken Corey

Leah Corey

Don Creath

Jessica Cunningham

Yolanda Daliz

Lynn Rhoda Dates

Dave DeGolyer

Sharon DeHaas

Barbara L. Dick

James Dickinson

Nancy Dickinson

Hannah Doerksen-Goldwater

Andy Doyle

Cynthia Duprey

Steve Duprey

Lauren Elder

Becky Enders

Mika Evans

Jennifer Fais

Ron Faris

Dan Gallagher

Robert Garrett

Sara Gaughan

Gracy Getz

Mark Gibbons

Pamela Gilbert

Mary Gill-Scott

Jogo Gomez

Alex Good

Michele Gordon

Virginia Gunnison

Hank Hallm

Gretchen Halpert

Annemiek Haralson

Laila Hartman

Max Harvey-Sampson

James C. Hayes

Jessica W. Heath

David Hertel

Lucy Heyerman

Nan Heyneman

Benjamin Higgins

Joyce Hodge

Akua Lezli Hope

Lacey Horton

Bryan Hyde

Marshall Hyde

Beth Hylen

Bob Ievers

Filomena Jack

Patricia Jackson

Diane Janowski

Jeremy Jeziorski

Carl Johengen

Elise Johnson-Schmidt

Cheri Johnston

Cheryl Jordan

Ileen Kaplan

Aaron Kather

Jan Kather

John Keidel

Maria Kennedy

Betsy Kent

Marina Kio

Cynthia Klingensmith

Karen Kucharski

Joel Kenneth Labovitz

Karen Lang

Chrissy Lapham

Andrew LaVere

Rich LaVere

Fred Lawrenson

Michelle Leonard

Rebecca Lewis

Robbie Lindmark

Jerry Lindsay

Kayleigh Livermore

Chris Longwell

Janet Longwell

Ginnie Lupi

Martha Manikas-Foster

James McCarthy

Adrian McGrady

Linda McIntyre

Paul McKinley

Vickie A. Mike

Dan Mirer

Pamela Morseman

Roderick Mosher

Christy Nicholas

Gail Norwood

Terry Oakden

Lee O’Connell

Dixie O’Connor

Patrick O’Connor

Erin O’Leary-Brown

Ann Ormsby

Kelly Ormsby

Shilo Parker

India Payne

Cheryl Podsiki

David Price

Christine Probst

Lani Probst

James Pullman

Ann Recotta

Margaret Kasper Reed

Kyle Reynolds

Rod Reynolds

Nancy V. Ridenour

Dianne Roe

Valorie Rohver

Vicie Rolling

Marc Rubin

Amy Ruza

Bob Santandrea

Patrick Saxe

Paul Schmitt

Bonnie Scott

Steve Seaberg

Lisa Sebelle

Andrew Seubert

Hari Sharma

Simran Singh

Hal Sisson

Denny Smith

Dinah Smith

JoAnn Smith

Laura Smith

Roy Smith

Ed Steinhilper

Ivy Stevens-Gupta

Louise Sullivan-Blum

Emily Swan

Noel Sylvester

Lori Szymanski

Rob Tarlach

Nyasia Tay

Teresa Telehany

Danielle Tenny

Patrick Thrush

Julie Thurber

Marcia Tinker

Jessica Todd

Monica Tojek

Dave Tremaine

Tom Tunnicliff

Bill Underwood

Erica Unterman

Janet M. Van Brunt

Debb VanDelinder

Caroleen Vaughan

Virginia Viveros

Karen Vogler

John B. Wahlig

David Walker

Shannah Warwick

Lucretia West

Ristina Wigg

S. C. Wise

Diane Woodhouse

Mark Woodhouse

Wynn Yarrow

Connie Zehr

Cultural Partners

171 Cedar Arts Center

324 Arts Cafe

60 East Gallery

Alfred University Miller Performing Arts Center

Arnot Art Museum

ARTe: Finger Lakes Art Coordination

Arts At Park: The Park Church

The Cantata Singers

Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers

Centre Stage Community Theatre

Chemung County Historical Society

Chemung County Library District

Clemens Center

Community Arts Of Elmira

Cornell University: Cornell Concert Series

Corning Area Community Concert Band

Corning Community College: Muse Of Fire Theatre

Corning Museum Of Glass

Corning-Painted Post Civic Music Association

Corning’s Gaffer District

Crystal Chords

Elmira College Theatre

Elmira Little Theatre

Endless Mountain Music Festival

Elmira Regional Art Society

Finger Lakes Boating Museum

Franklin Street Gallery

Friends Of Woodlawn Cemetery

Gallery 256

George Reed Jazz Scholarship Org.

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

Hornell YMCA Music and Arts

Horseheads Historical Society

International Motor Racing Research Center

Keuka Lake Players Inc.

The Kirby Band

Mansfield University: Department Of Art

Memory Maker Project

Montour Falls Memorial Library

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

Out Of Bounds Radio Show

Photographers Tech and Training Solutions

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre

The Rockwell Museum

Southeast Steuben County Library

Studio LMG

Tanglewood Community Nature Center Inc.

Valley Folk Music

Waterman Center For The Arts (Save-The-Lyon Commission, Inc.)

Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center

West End Gallery

Wooly Minded

The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery

Seeing Light, Juried Exhibition, 2016 Photo by Chris Walters

Through the generosity of donor Meleny Peacock, we laid the ground work for the launch of The Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery. We were honored to name our gallery for Evelyn Peeler Peacock, a shining example of the power of art to lift lives out of turmoil and transform them. This gallery, and the resulting solo show program, serves as a primary resource for artistic and professional growth for emerging artists in the Southern Finger Lakes. Providing a supportive environment that assists artists as they grow professionally and explore their media, the gallery features a wide range of shows throughout the year including solo, member, and regional juried exhibitions. A variety of two and three dimensional media, including glass, Wood, fiber-arts, Clay, photography, painting, drawing, literary arts, jewelry, video, music, and more are on display.



The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes


Abeel Bovee Community Foundation

Corning Incorporated Global Diversity and Inclusion

Charlie Craig

Elm Chevrolet

Elmira-Corning Regional Airport

Karen Epstein

James Flaws and Marcia Weber

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Hilliard Foundation

Jamie and Maisie Houghton

Sean Lukasik

Meleny Peacock

The Steve Kettelle Team at Keller Williams Realty

Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce

Ristina Wigg


J.C. and Joan Argetsinger

Chemung Canal Trust Company

Corning Credit Union

Kim Frock and Wendell Weeks

Hilliard Corporation

Rob McKinnon

Joy Perry

Dick and Judy Sphon


Edger Enterprises

James Galbraith

Tom and Patti Hinman

Howell Liberatore & Associates

Brad Turner & Beth Hylen

Hank and Bev Jonas

Leslie Mauro

Robert Cole and Marie McKee

Kaye Newbury and Nick Borrelli

Pure Design

Three Rivers Developement


Tedd and Carol Arnold

Jim and Mary Bacalles

Elijah and Gail Baity

Jack and Sue Benjamin

Rick and Karen Biesanz

Bill and Sue Boland

Matt and Anne Brand

Douglas and Susan Cotton

Lynn and Ted Dates

Beth Bentley and Edward Dougherty

David Dowler

A. James and Gail Felli

Sandra Fucigna

Kate Gerwig

Mitchell Goldwater

Edward Grandt

Marc Hample

Amory Houghton, Jr.

Denny Smith and Diane Janowski

Hank and Bev Jonas

Kamala Keeley

L. D. Sprague & Sons Inc.

Carol Landon-Ayers

Laurie Liberatore

Ginnie Lupi

Merrill and Lydia Lynn

Ted and Mary Ann Marks

Karen Martin

Rhonda Morton

Debra Moss

Damien and Catherine Mustico

G C Myers

Barry and Ann Nicholson

Christy and Mike Pambianchi

Stan Panosian

Rick Pirozzolo

Louise Richardson

Kay and Mark Rogus

Kristin A. Swain

Three Rivers Development Foundation

Julie and Thomas Thurber

Betty Vinti

Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center

X-Gen Pharmaceuticals


Mary Sgarlata Adamus

Lee and Anita Adelsberg

Karen Alpha

Selar Ayers

Ruth Bruning

Marvin Bunch

Edward and Louise Bush

Louise Bush

Don Creath

Patricia Dann

Lynn and Ted Dates

Barbara L. Dick

Patricia Ellison

Sara Gaughan

Michele Gordon

Frank and Linda Gudas

Virginia Gunnison

David Hertel

Rose Hogan

Patricia Jackson

Nellie Jennings

Cheri Johnston

Cheryl Jordan

Jan Kather

Michael Kenna

Betsy Kent

Cynthia Klingensmith

Fred Lawrenson

Sharon and Scott Moore

Tom and Margaret Morse

John and Susan Peck

Felicia Poes

Ray Jewelers

Megan Roberts

Daniel Roemmelt

Vicie Rolling

Patrick Saxe

Jay Schissell and Jeri Wall

Andrew Seubert

Hal Sisson

Ed Steinhilper

John and Becky Stranges

Harriet and Gil Sweet

Ron and Velma Walters

Jacqueline Welles

Annie Werner

Joy Williams

Diane Woodhouse

Kogo and Michiko Yamaguchi

Programs and Services of The ARTS Council of the Southern FInger Lakes are made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Additional assistance for programs and services of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes are provided by The Corning Incorporated Foundation, the Chemung County Legislature, the Schuyler County Legislature, and the Steuben County Legislature.