Grantee Impact Statements

2016 Grantee Impact Statements


Adirondack Art Association Local residents of Essex and surrounding communities, tourists, and artists attend the gallery openings and special events offered by the Adirondack Art Association during the summer season. These artistic events help to invigorate the culture of Essex by promoting local artists and musicians. The free performances sponsored by the Essex County Arts Council CAP grant will not only benefit the community but also create opprotunites for local musicians.
Depot Theatre  Funds from the ECAC grant help Depot Theatre to enrich, entertain and educate our community through professional theatrical arts in a historic train station.
East Branch Friends of the Arts East Branch Friends of the Arts anticipates that the Sunita Staneslow harp concert on July 16 will bring not only diverse international music to the region, but also an engaging conversation about the current world refugee turmoil.  Staneslow created the Jewish/Arab Harp Program in Jaffa to help bridge the divide between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, and we expect her experience to enrich and expand the current community dialog about refugees taking place in Essex County.
Elizabethtown Social Center Thank you so much for awarding a grant for our Summer Performing Arts Festival.  We feel that we have put together a high-quality program and we are very excited about offering these performances to the community. What we now need is for families to find out about it and get excited about attending! This grant will help us a great deal with publicity to assure that as many families as possible learn of our program and benefit from it.
Essex Community Concerts The Essex Community Concert Series has been bringing the best local and world renounced musicians to Essex, N.Y. for twenty years. Year round and seasonal residents, as well as individuals from Vermont have enjoyed the opportunity to experience professional live performances at a very reasonable price. Local restaurants and shops enjoy increased activity as a result of these concerts
Essex County Historical Assoc. Support from the Essex County Arts Council through the CAP Program will be very helpful in supporting essential programs and exhibits for our organization. The Adirondack History Museum will use grant funds to help complete the 2016 season program. The season will feature two art shows in the newly opened Rosenberg Gallery, two seasonal exhibits, and programs & lectures.   
Fort Ticonderoga Association On Saturday, June 18th, the Police Pipes & Drums of Plattsburgh will join Fort Ticonderoga in celebrating the important contributions of the Scottish Black Watch regiment during the Battle of Carillion in 1758. This is an opportunity for our visitors and community to learn about Scots heritage, both martial, and as part of our national culture.
Historic Saranac Lake The Essex County Arts Council Cultural Assistance Program supports Historic Saranac Lake's extensive public programs and school outreach. The grant underwrites our staff time as we serve over 700 local school children with tours, in-class projects, and other local history programs. 
Lake Placid Sinfonietta The CAP grants which the Lake Placid Sinfonietta have received for our free community Park Concerts have been greatly appreciated.  Most importantly, these grants demonstrate support at the county level for the services we provide and as such are significant in leveraging other monies.    Based on the communications we receive from our audience members and supporters, this concert series is an important part of what the public expects from a mid-week visit to Lake Placid and we are pleased to continue to provide this experience.  
Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society This grant is assisting us with a new exhibit at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society's History Museum. This exhibit explores the stories and progression of how the area developed from a farming community to an outdoor destination. By sharing our research, historic photographs, and artifacts, the community will have an understanding of the town's vibrant history.
North Star Underground Railroad Museum This Solomon Northup Day Commemoration will link -- for the first time -- key Essex County sites with the story of the free black man born in Minerva and later kidnapped into slavery, the true story that became "12 Years a Slave."   The programs at the Schroon--North Hudson Historical Society and the North Star Underground Railroad Museum will highlight Northup's life in the region, working along Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal, before the Civil War, and Essex County's important role in the moral debates of the time.  We expect that hundreds of people will be newly and directly exposed to this part of our county's story.
Pendragon Theatre  The funding we received from ECAC will go far to help us impact our community at Pendragon Theatre. The first show of our season, 'Art', was the community picked show and money will help toward that production. Our summer camp is a great theatre experience for dozens of local children. And we have also started an Intern in Training program for a local High School student this summer, and hope that it will be able to continue in future and have an even greater impact on our local students.  
Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce First off I would like to take a moment to thank the Board of Directors of ECAC for the generous grant of $300.   For the last 30+ years the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has sponsored Schroon Lake's Annual Square Dances in the Park each year. Every year the cost goes up to have the bands come, with the total amount now being $4000 for the summer.  With a loss of businesses in our community our budget is stretched to the max, but we believe that this is a cultural program that should continue for years to come.  The generous grant will help with the cost of the program and we greatly appreciate it.   It is amazing to attend the event, and witness anywhere from 100 to 200 + participants each week.  Many stop by our booth and tell me stories about how they danced on that very same court when Square Dancing began. Now they come from all over to bring their children and grandchildren to the event.  Some are 3rd and 4th generation guests and locals that are dancing to the familiar tunes that are played each and every year.   You can hear the cheers for the "Zodiac" dance when it begins, as that has been a long time traditional dance at the Schroon Lake Square Dances since its inception.
Schroon Lake Public Library The impact this grant will have on our community:  Although we offer a lot of programs at the Schroon Lake Public Library, we've never offered anything quite like this before.  I believe, by offering this multi-generational program, we will be able to reach out to community members that would not necessarily use the library, especially teens.  Our hope is that participants will feel confident enough playing the Ukulele after the sessions are complete that they will be able to join the jam sessions that are held weekly at our local boathouse.  Ideally, the participants will want to continue to meet as a group at the library to continue to learn and grow.
Seagle Music Colony ECAC’s CAP grant support will help support Seagle Music Colony’s mission to train the most promising young singers in opera and musical theater and the series of performances for our local and regional audiences that will be part of our 101st annual season. These performances significantly enrich the cultural lives of thousands of full and part time residents of the North Country as well as visitors to the region.
Tahawus Center / Appleby Fdn Manifested in the delight of students mastering a new dance step, the keen observations of visitors at an art opening, the pleasure of hearing a Celtic tune on a summer’s eve, or lively post-film discussion, the CAP grant is most important to the Tahawus Center to enable us to provide breadth of cultural opportunities to our community and visitors. 
Ticonderoga Area Farmer's Market The Ticonderoga Area Farmers’ Market serves the greater Ticonderoga area by providing access to locally grown, fresh, high quality produce and products and by providing local farmers, producers, and artisans with a viable economic outlet within historic Ticonderoga. The Essex County Arts Council grant award provides us with the capability of making our Farmers’ Market grand opening more inviting and vibrant.  Engaging a local live music duo and presenting an artist led Community street art project for kids is integral to our being an anchor for local identity and setting the stage for a successful Market season ahead.  Our goal is to create a vibrant shopping experience, support farmers and protect farming, offer a tourism attraction, originate a social gathering space, attract and retain new customers and to contribute to local economic development. With this award, we have the resources to get this done and shape future economic progress
Ticonderoga Arts Many thanks to Essex County Arts Council for their support of Ticonderoga Arts, Inc.  This grant will allow us to offer classes and lectures to our community at no cost to participants.  It will also help support our third annual Plein Air Festival which draws artists throughout the northeast for a weekend of painting and collaboration.  Your support energizes our volunteers to produce programs of the highest caliber!  Thanks again!  
Ticonderoga Festival Guild Ticonderoga is an area that suffers from a cultural void. Our community provides little opportunities to enjoy performing arts. The area is one with a high population of low income families and a fairly large community of senior citizens. Our summer in the Park Concerts are designed to deliver a variety of musical concerts to our community with ease of access for our senior community.  We attempt to schedule different musical genres to please the tastes of our audiences. All concerts are performed in our town center so we can help our local businesses by bring people to town. Additionally we hope they offer attractive entertainment choices to tourists and summer residents. Summer in the Park concerts entertain our community, promote tourism and help our local businesses by bringing people to our town.
Ticonderoga Historical Society As a result of the grant received from the Essex County Arts Council, the Ticonderoga Historical Society will expand its community outreach.  This outreach allows us the opportunity to bring programs to those who are unable to travel to our museum; and to enhance the experience of those visiting the Hancock House to view exhibits and take part in programs and events.  It provides year-long residents and seasonal visitors with a deeper understanding of our local history and its far-reaching impact in world events.
Town of Willsboro / Willsboro Arts The Summer Sculpture Show will provide a three dimensional visual art event free to the entire town's population.  As sculpture is not often seen in this locale, the show provides a rare opportunity for the artists to exhibit their sculpture for five weeks  and for young and old to experience three dimensional art. 
Upper Jay Art Center General operating support from the Essex County Arts Council helps the Upper Jay Art Center fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life in Upper Jay and the surrounding Adirondack communities through artistic expression. Thanks to this generous support and the support of our community in many other ways, each year we produce three plays with amateur casts of local actors who learn all aspects of the theater, and host 10 concerts with professional musicians; we also present  visiting theatrical and dance performances and art shows of many kinds. The result is a vital community center, with performances  throughout the year that appeal to a broad audience of local residents and visitors.
Whallonsburg Civic Association/Grange Hall  This grant will help us to bring a unique musical event to the Champlain Valley all the way from Wales. Calan is a young band performing traditional Welsh music in their own style and it will give residents and visitors the opportunity to hear this terrific group live in our community.  Thanks very much for the grant. We look forward to working with ECAC to make it a success.