Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund Awards Announced - Daily Hudson Valley News

Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund Awards Announced

Jul 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Community Happenings

Terry L. Bernardo, Chairman of the Legislature, and Wayne Harris, Chair of Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services Committee, on behalf of the Ulster County Legislature, together with the Dutchess County Arts Council, are pleased to announce the 2013 awards from the Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund (UCCSPF). The UCCSPF is a fund dedicated to maintaining the artistic and cultural assets of Ulster County, as well as promoting the County through arts and cultural activities that enhance the economy and quality of life. Financial resources for this program have been provided by the Ulster County Legislature.

Ulster County Chairwoman Bernardo noted “This is a wonderful representation of the Ulster County arts community as a whole. From dance, music and theater to educational, environmental and historic arts programs, these organizations expand our cultural opportunities. They are partners in our tourism and economic development efforts and the cornerstone to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in Ulster County.”

Awards will be given to the following organizations and projects: Ashokan Center for education initiatives; Esopus Chamber Orchestra to expand marketing; Friends of Historic Kingston for exhibition planning; Maverick Concerts, for a part-time administrator; Mount Tremper Arts to support Varispeed’s production of composer Robert Ashley’s opera, Perfect Lives; Rosendale Theatre Collective for a social marketing campaign; Saugerties Historical Society for display materials for the Dutch Barn Art and Heritage Gallery; Shadowlands Theatre towards a new, full-time administration position; UPAC/Bardavon 1869 Opera House towards marketing of the Kingston Independence Day Four Seasons event; The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild towards a part-time development associate; The Woodstock School of Art towards a database system to streamline their registration and records management.

A public Awards Reception will be held at Shadowlands Theatre on Monday, July 22 @ 5:30. To attend, please contact the Arts Council at 845-454-3222 or info@artsmidhudson.org.

The Dutchess County Arts Council, which has over twenty years of experience administrating State- funded grant programs in Ulster County, administrated the UCCSPF awards including application development, outreach, technical assistance, coordination of the review process, as well as reporting and data collection. Ulster County residents were involved in every step of the evaluation process. For more information on any of these programs, please contact our office at 845-454-3222.

This year’s decisions were difficult in that there were a number of worthy requests, and the amount of funding available was limited. 25 applications were received – 10 of which were from first time applicants – requesting a total sum of more than $149,000. Eleven organizations received awards for a total of $41,400 ranging from $2,000 – $7,225. A broad array of projects were funded including new artistic initiatives, expanded programming, and capacity building activities, all of which will continue the strong cultural legacy of Ulster County. An independent review panel evaluated all applications and made recommendations which were considered and approved by a special committee comprised of members of the Dutchess County Arts Council’s Allocations Committee with additional Ulster County representation. All allocations were then approved by the full Board of the Dutchess County Arts Council.


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