HUNTER - The Catskill Mountain Foundation (CMF) is one of 13 recipients of grants under the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP). Executive Director of the Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) Marline Martin made the announcement and presentations during a meet and greet reception hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation at the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery in Hunter Village Square.
Kaaterskill Gallery Director Robert Tomlinson in introducing Martin told the gathering that the Foundation was pleased and honored to provide a home on the mountaintop for presenting the annual CIP awards. “We are grateful to the County Legislators, County Administrator and members of the Chamber of Commerce for attending this wonderful event. It was great to see so many members of the arts community gathered in Hunter!”
The GCCA Executive Director who has been at the helm of the organization for almost a year noted that 15 cultural institutions applied for funding, 11 returning and 4 new applications, requesting a total of $60,263, which is $30,263 more than the amount of re-grant funds available. She told the capacity sized audience that funding awards are competitive and are determined by a panel of artists, arts professionals, and community members.
This year, 13 not-for-profit organizations in Greene County were awarded $30,000 in funding in support of cultural programming and activities for 2019 as part of the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP).
The purpose of the Greene County Initiative Program (CIP) is to provide general operating or programmatic support to major arts and cultural institutions in Greene County that offer quality professional services and programs of benefit to the residents of Greene County. Since its establishment in 1983, the Council has continued to administer the funds which is made possible through invaluable support from the Greene County Legislature. This funding promotes the development, growth and viability of major Greene County organizations that are producing a positive impact on the state of the arts and quality of life in Greene County.
Other recipients include: 23Arts Initiative; ADI, now LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts; Bridge Street Theatre, Inc.; Bronck Museum, Greene County Historical Society; Catskill Community Center; MJQuill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre; Music & Art Center of Greene County; Planet Arts Inc.; Prattsville Art Center; Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Inc.; The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Wave Farm.