Fairgame Arts Grants awarded to 44 organizations in 17 counties
SCHENECTADY, N.Y — The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame has awarded Fairgame Arts Grants to 44 non-profit arts and cultural organizations in the three New York state casino regions: Capital, Catskills and Southern Tier/Finger Lakes.
In February, groups in 27 counties were invited to submit for grants ranging from $1,000–$5,000, subsidized by gaming revenues from Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, Resorts World Catskills, del Lago Resort & Casino and Tioga Downs Casino Resort.
The coalition, a group of a dozen performing arts centers, was created in partnership with the casinos specifically to foster economic cooperation amongst the entities. Through its community commitment, the coalition created Fairgame Arts Grants, to fund programs to support organizations in the associated regions.
“We are thrilled to make these awards during a time when so many smaller not-for-profit arts and culture organizations could use assistance,” said Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame chair Doug Levine, who is executive director of the State Theater of Ithaca.
“The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame is grateful for the partnerships we’ve established with the upstate casinos that have helped us create this program. This year’s process was challenging, as COVID struck right around the time that our Fairgame grant applications were due. In response to these new parameters, we extended program timelines and allowed adjustments and revisions to ideas to ensure that these projects could still happen.”
A total of 85 applications were received statewide, with 44 being awarded in 17 counties, amounting to $138,800. Distribution regionally: Capital Region, $45,300; Catskill Region, $64,875; and Southern Tier / Finger Lakes Region, $28,625.
The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame includes Bardavon (Poughkeepsie), Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel), Clemens Center (Elmira), Forum Theatre (Binghamton), Palace Performing Arts Center (Albany), Proctors (Schenectady), Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Auditorium Theatre (Rochester), Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs City Center, State Theatre of Ithaca, Times Union Center (Albany) and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
The following is a list of all awardees.
Albany Barn, $1,450
Albany Center Gallery, $2,500
NY StateWide Senior Action Council, $5,000
Theater Voices, $1,000
Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., $3,225
Endicott Performing Arts Center, $1,500
New Heights Dance Theater, $1,000
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, $3,000
Ancram Opera House Theater, Inc., $3,480
Hudson Opera House, Inc. (dba Hudson Hall), $4,000
PS21, Inc. $2,000
Franklin Stage Company, $5,000
Cappella Festiva, $2,500
Nego Gato Inc., $3,095
The Art Effect, $4,000
Petronio Residency Center (Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Inc.), $1,000
Schoharie River Center, Inc., $5,000
Geneva Concerts, Inc., $3,000
Light Opera, Inc., $3,000
Geneva Theatre Guild, $1,500
Smith Center for the Arts, $2,000
Contemporary Circus & Immersive Arts Center, $5,000
Media Alliance Inc., $5,000
Lake George Opera Festival Association, Inc., dba Opera Saratoga, $5,000
Saratoga Chamber Players, Inc., $1,700
The Creative Place International, $4,425
440 State Street, Inc., $3,500
New York Folklore, $2,500
Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, $2,125
Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc., dba Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, $3,000
One Seventy One Cedar, Inc. (171 Cedar Arts Center), $3,000
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, $4,000
Delaware Valley Opera Corp., $2,000
Nesin Cultural Arts Inc., $5,000
Theatrical Arts at Forestburgh Inc., $4,000
Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, $1,000
Tompkins Kitchen Theatre Company, $3,000
Tompkins Opera Ithaca, $1,500
Arm of the Sea Productions, Inc., $4,000
Coming Together Festival of Dance & Music, Inc. dba The Vanaver Caravan, $4,000
New York Theatre Organ Society, $2,800
Ulster County Ballet Guild, Inc., $4,000
Voice Theatre, $2,000
Woodstock Film Festival, $4,000