Congratulations to the ten local artists who have received NYSCA funding through the Support for Artists Grants and Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships. The ARTS Council is ecstatic to help sponsor eight community members and support one staff member and her master artist who received these prestigious awards. These funds are awarded by The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Grants such as these continue to fulfill a vital mission of The ARTS Council; to empower artists, foster creativity and economic vitality, create diverse connections and collaborations, and champion innovation and equity with the arts to cultivate a dynamic community. See the complete list below to learn more about each artist.

Support for Artists Grant Awardees

Louise BlumLouise Blum
County: Steuben
Project Title: “We Were Interrupted:” a History of a Community During COVID
Artistic Area: Literature and Literary Nonfiction


Richard Koski

Richard Koski
County: Tompkins
Project Title: On the Finnish Wind: A Compendium of Finnish Dance Tunes from New York’s Finger Lakes
Artistic Area: Finnish-American Dance Music


Christina KnickerbockerChristina Knickerbocker
County: Tioga
Project Title: The Odditorium of Self-Made Freaks
Artistic Area: Visual Arts and Sculpture


Fileve PalmerFileve Palmer

County: Cattaraugus
Project Title: Places, Pits, and Pots
Artistic Area: Ceramics


Vicie RollingV
icie Rolling
County: Chemung
Project Title: “Sis” and “V” Sing Jubilee at the Dining Room Table
Artistic Area: Storytelling and Poetry


Todd WolfeTodd Wolfe
Counties: Tioga and Broome
Project Title: Truth? Not Everything Is White and Black
Artistic Area: Visual Art and Installation


Aleta Wynn YarrowAleta Wynn Yarrow

County: Chemung
Project Title: Handful of Earth
Artistic Area: Visual Arts



Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Recipients

Sharmila Biswas Vani AkulaMaster Artist: Sharmila Biswas
Apprentice: Vani Akula
County: Chemung
Artistic Area: Indian Dance


Leon GolderCasey WinstonMaster Artist: Leon Golder
Apprentice: Casey Winston
Counties: Chemung and Steuben
Artistic Area: Blacksmithing
*Sponsored by 171 Cedar Arts Center



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