Grantee Impact Statements


2017 Grantee Impact Statements


Impact Statement


Adirondack Park Institute

The Adirondack Park Institute’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program at SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb provides for an 8-week residency for a visiting artist.  The artist works and teaches at the Interpretive Center throughout the summer, interacting informally with the public daily, both on the trails and while working in the classroom studio.  The program provides educational workshops, lectures, and programs for children. This experience enriches the cultural community of the central Adirondacks, provides educational experiences for the community, and recreational and learning opportunities for seasonal visitors to the area. 


Adirondack Shakespeare

ECAC’s CAP grant to ADK Shakespeare makes it possible for us to bring original children’s theater to students from underserved areas of Essex County. For many of these young people, our performance of Songs of the Iroquois at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will be their first exposure to Theater Arts. Theater has the power to positively impact children’s futures by strengthening imagination, fostering empathy, and encouraging a lifetime of creativity and critical thinking. ADK Shakespeare thanks ECAC for helping us provide this opportunity for Essex County’s children.


Ballard Park

The Essex County Arts Council CAP Grant will enable Ballard Park Foundation to put on a 4-week summer concert series in August.  There will be one concert a week on Thursday evenings. The Cap Grant will support a performance on August 17th by an new-to-the area, father & son blue grass group from Maryland, which will be in Vermont playing in the Peachem Acoustic Music Festival (  Because they are going to be in the area, they have agreed to play in Ballard Park at a deeply-discounted rate.  We are very fortunate to be able to add this group to the August summer concert series.  They provide a differ type of music and add diversity to the concert series, which otherwise would not be possible. Ballard Park Foundation greatly appreciates the generosity of the Essex County Board of Supervisors for funding the CAP Grant Program, and is very pleased that the Essex County Arts Council selected the Ballard Park to be among those applications funded.


Depot Theatre

We are very grateful to be the recipient of a CAP grant from the Essex County Arts Council. Funds from the ECAC grant help Depot Theatre in its mission to enrich, entertain and educate our community through professional theatrical arts in a historic train station.


East Branch Friends of the Arts

The CAP grant made possible a unique morning for Keene Central School students to experience a little known chapter of Essex County history -- helping African-Americans escape from slavery -- through music and stories.  School schedules were rearranged so all classes could attend one of two concerts by gospel and folk singer-educator Reggie Harris.     Also, the North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm (a prior CAP grantee) provided historical display materials and resources -- maps, photos, stories --  highlighting the role played by abolitionists and Underground Railroad agents here in Essex County.  (Middle school students from Newcomb were also able to attend the concert program.)


Elizabethtown Library

Upon receipt of our $500 CAP Grant we have been very busy making arrangements for our July programs at the Historic Hand House. These include securing the Russian Duo Musical Group for Saturday performance and amassing the names and contacts of as many Adirondack Authors as possible for a mail out Invitation for our Friday evening Adirondack Author Recognition with Readings and Public Meet and Greet.  This preludes our August Author Reading and "Antique Book /Art and Manuscript Appraisal". All are FREE and OPEN to the public. Our Advertising costs and fee for the Music (which came to $325 was afforded by this Grant. As advertising is completed we will send the Essex County Arts Council copies.


Elizabethtown Social Center

We were thrilled to receive a CAP grant this year and are very grateful to the Essex County Arts Council and the Essex County Board of Supervisors for their support. This grant allows us to promote our events more effectively, which in turn means more people, especially our youth, will be reached with the beautiful experience of live music in our community.


Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival Committee

The First Annual Essex County Arts and Crafts Festival will be held at the historic Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport on Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31. It provides an opportunity for the public to view and purchase the work by county and regional artists and crafters. The festival provides a unique occasion for the artists and artisans from all Essex County towns and neighboring communities to meet each other and to present residents and visitors the great range of creativity within our region.


Essex County Historical Society / Adirondack History Museum 

Funding from Essex County Arts Council is essential to the Adirondack History Museum.  ECAC funds help AHM offer programming and exhibits to Essex County residents and tourists.  In 2017, the museum opened two new exhibits including a photography show.  The museum also presents a lecture series, film series, and other events throughout the season.  


Historic Saranac Lake

This year, an Essex County Arts Council CAP grant has supported the implementation of a new interactive exhibit at Historic Saranac Lake's Saranac Laboratory Museum, "The Roaring Twenties: Check in to a Grand Hotel." The grant also supports our active school outreach program, helping us to serve over 800 school children from the tri-lakes area with tours and in-class projects exploring local history.


Lake Placid Center for the Arts

With help from the funding partners like the Essex County Arts Council, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts works to present the highest caliber arts programming.  With both a dynamic presenting series that highlights outstanding talent from around the country and an arts education program that teaches life skills through art making, the LPCA continues to remain a cornerstone of organizations celebrating the arts within the Adirondacks.


Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society 

This grant is important to the Historical Society, because it allows us to update and improve our exhibits to make them exciting for visitors of the community. We look foward to opening a new exhibit this summer about the history of Lake Placid and hope that our members enjoy learning our history!


Lake Placid Sinfonietta

CAP funding will allow the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will continue to offer weekly free community concerts for the benefit of year round and seasonal residents as well as the visiting public.   This gives the community a top quality amenity that is rare in such a rural area, enriching residents and providing a draw for visitors.


Moriah Chamber of Commerce

The people of Essex County had the rare opportunity to experience a live concert performance by the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, featuring guest appearances by three world renowned musicians.  Much of our population is a rural community and your funding of such events offers them the chance to experience things that are taken for granted in more metropolitan areas.  Judging by the packed house, area residents appreciate the caliber of cultural events that your CAP grant facilitates, and their response to the show proves that they are hungry for more. 


North Star Underground Railroad Museum

The grant funding that your organization provided will help us to continue to share the story of Solomon Northup, a free man in the Saratoga area that was coerced into slavery during the nineteenth century.  After he was able to obtain his freedom, twelve years later, he wrote a book detailing his time has a slave.  It was one of the first books on slavery that was written by a literate individual who had been enslaved. Your grant will help to bring his relatives here to tell their family stories of Solomon Northup.  In addition, we will have entertainment by the band, Sugar, from Burlington.  Playing original folk rhythm and sultry blues, SuGaR consists of soulful songwriter & lead vocalist DonnCherie Mckenzie, songwriter and percussionist Joe Netzel, Bass Man Gavin Greenewalt, and Dan Blondin on lead guitar. This original and eclectic Vermont based group modernizes the nostalgia of juke-joint blues and Americana lyrics. SuGaR brings you back to the heart of music with stories told through original compositions and new takes on timeless treasures.



The generous support of the Essex County Arts Council enables us to help accomplish our mission. Pendragon Theatre is dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year-round performance and educational programs. In 2017, this grant is especially important as we present our ambitious summer season.


Piano by Nature

In a distinctive combination of old and new, Piano by Nature's North Country community continues to celebrate contemporary world-class chamber music in the intimate and historic venue of Elizabethtown's Hand House parlour. Each unique concert experience feeds the senses much akin to viewing the timeless Adirondack landscape just outside the door, revealing and reveling in a musical feast of historic adventure for both mind and heart. The 2017-18 season will be Piano by Nature's 10th anniversary year, one we never would have been able to celebrate without the integral support of local givers, area businesses, and state funding. And receiving this CAP grant has given our organization the exceptional opportunity to present both Vermont SInger-Songwriter Gregory Douglass in April, and musical powerhouses Joel A. Martin on piano with grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen in our upcoming June concerts. In addition, these artists have also agreed to give unique workshops for our area youth. From all of us at PBN- thank you for believing in us and we hope to see you there! 


Schroon Lake Public Library

People that don't ordinarily come to the library think we are a building with books.  By CAP giving us the ability to offer our Be Amazed Be Amazing programs: Magician during our summer reading program and our 10-week Ukulele course, we will be "lighting the brains on fire" to all that participate.


Seagle Music Colony

The support given by the Essex County Arts Council will help Seagle Music Colony accomplish its 102nd annual season of opera and musical theater performances for thousands of Essex County audience members. It will also assist in our programming to train and develop the next generation of opera and musical theater performers. Support from grants like those of the Essex County Arts Council is critical to our organization’s ongoing success.


Sherman Free Library

Sherman Free Library in Port Henry is privileged to have a loyal and active group of patrons who regularly use our resources and services. This is not, however, a large group, and we are always trying to think of new ways to reach more people throughout our Town of Moriah service area. To this end, we’ve decided to offer an antiques and collectibles appraisal fair, in the hopes that it will bring townspeople into the library who have never visited before, or encourage those who have not visited for many years to renew their contact with us. The funding which we received from ECAC will allow us to promote and advertise this event to the widest possible audience. We will consider this initiative to have had a successful impact if new Port Henry, Mineville, Moriah and Witherbee users discover the library as a result of ECAC-funded press coverage.


Tahawus Center, (Appleby Foundation)

This grant is CAP so important to the continued cultural, educational, and recreational endeavors at Tahawus Center.  Our programs will continue to attract a stream of visitors and participants to Tahawus and to Main Street (even while the 9N bridge is being replaced!).  The CAP grant supports Tahawus 2017 summer lively events in film, music, art, dance, STEM education labs for yourth, symposia, and gatherings.


Ticonderoga Area Farmer's Market

The ECAC Grant will enable the Ticonderoga Area Farmers’ Market to heighten interest within our community and enhance our weekly markets with live music performances, providing family enrichment and joy. While educating on the nutritional benefits of fresh local foods, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and creating a friendly social gathering place, the farmers market itself stimulates the local economy; by contracting with local artists, the market will be fueling the creative economy as well.


Ticonderoga Festival Guild

The Ticonderoga area is one with little opportunity for any cultural entertainment other than what is provided by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and a few community organizations.  It is an  area that has a high population of low income families as well as many seniors.   There is a real need for affordable cultural entertainment.   The Ticonderoga Festival Guild delivers live theater, free children’s programs, and free live concerts throughout the year.  The CAP Grant helps fund these free concerts and serve a population that is otherwise underserved.  The grant helps us fill a cultural void in our area and brighten the lives of many area people.


Ticonderoga Heritage Museum

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum is using the ECAC Grant to create an Arts Coordinator position introducing a new model of administration. While preserving the continuity of the successful summer children’s workshop series, this new model will impact our internal level of organization keenly and bring to the community an enhanced level of artistry within the children’s program. Another significant community impact is the employment opportunity in the arts field offered by this project.


Ticonderoga Historical Society

As a result of the grant received from the Essex County Arts Council, the Ticonderoga Historical Society will continue to expand its programs and outreach.  This includes large-scale educational and entertaining performance programs as well as thoughtful, smaller programs and exhibits that highlight important events in our state and regional history.  It provides both residents and seasonal visitors with a deeper understanding of our local history and its far-reaching impact in world events.


Town of Keene

Because of the Essex County Arts Grant, the Town of Keene will be able to offer a summer music series for the community.  The music series connects local and summer residents, people of all ages, and performers and audiences in a celebration of music.  Wednesday evenings in July are a place for people to meet.  gather and enjoy the company of their neighbors while listening to live music.


Town of Minerva

This generous grant from the Essex County Arts Council for 2017 will affect our community by increasing both the quality and the quantity of free concerts available this summer.  We plan on using some of the money to contract with musical performers whose fees have been previously been out of our budget reach.  We will also add a new concert to our schedule, on a special day during our Bicentennial Celebration weekend, which will bring the total of our 2017 concerts to four.


Town of Wilmington

The Grant provided by ECAC allows us to continue a 25+ year program of Thursday night Concerts at the Wilmington Town Beach with up to 300+ people enjoying the Music every week from all over the region. We try to provide this quality entertainment without the use of tax dollars, it has all been paid for through donations, and the ECAC Grant goes a long way to providing this.


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 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, typically with amateur casts of local actors, host 10 concerts with professional musicians, and present a variety of other performing arts events, including the simply staged classics of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company and our popular open mic for amateurs, the January Jams. The result is a vital community center, with performances  throughout the year that appeal to a broad audience of local residents and visitors alike. Each year we entertain some 2,500 people with these events. Thanks for your support!


Whallonsburg Grange Hall

CAP funding for the Grange's concert on September 29 featuring Cole/Nakoa/Treacher assists us in presenting a band of exceptional caliber.  This Brooklyn-based trio unites roots, folk, and jazz, and features powerful three-part harmonies with skilled, soulful delivery.  Not only will CNT share their talents with the Grange audience, but they will also offer a two-hour Arts-in-Ed program for grades 7-12 at the Willsboro Central School, exposing students to a variety of instruments and the principles of group singing.


Willsboro Sculpture Alliance

The third Willsboro sculpture show, I believe, will provide a rare opportunity for sculptors of the region to exhibit their work in a show devoted only to sculpture and presented in a venue particularly suited for the best experience of the sculpture.  Visitors are welcomed to view the exhibit anytime during the five week run and residents of the senior community, the exhibit site,  spend time enjoying the art and taking to the sculptors. The sculpture and the site provide a unique art viewing opportunity for the residents of the town.


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.