Hamilton County organizations receive grants for arts programs

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack lakes Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the long awaited funding awards for the 2009 Hamilton County Decentralization Regrant Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Local arts and performance projects across Hamilton County will benefit from New York State funding. The Arts Center in Blue Mountain Lake serves as the Regrant Administrator for Hamilton County. The Grant monies have been distributed and an award ceremony will take place at the Arts Center this fall.

Several of the funded 2009 programs have already been completed, including: Indian Lake's Cabin Fever Players/Parker Benton Post - Winter Production of South Pacific; Blue Mt. Lake's Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration - "Expressions of Faith" Gospel Choir Performances; Inlet's Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council - Syracuse Symphony Performance; and Raquette Lake Library's - "Puttin' On The Ritz" 12 Piece Band Concert. NYSCA funds helped these groups cover their expenses and plan for new programs in 2010.

This summer, local residents and visitors can enjoy several ongoing concert series partially funded with NYSCA, including: Town of Lake Pleasant's - A Pretty Good Band Parade and Concert Series; Long Lake's Calvary United Methodist Church Summer Concert Series; Raquette Lake's St. Williams on Long Point's "Thursdays on the Lake" Concert Series; Town of Inlet - "Sunsets on the Lake" Summer Concert Series; Piseco Library's -Summer Coffeehouse; and the Friends of Wells Library - "It's Your Library: Learn and Enjoy" Program.

Also, contact local sponsors for special summer performances and workshops, including: Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library - Sleepy Hollow Performance; Indian Lake Library - "Express Yourself at the Indian Lake Library" Workshop; Long Lake Library - Polymer Clay Workshop; Parker Benton Post1392/ American Legion - 10th Mountain Division US Army Band Performance; Town of Long Lake - Parks, Recreation & Tourism - Concert.

NYSCA funded programming will continue into the fall in Indian Lake as well with Indian Lake Library's - "Book, Dinner and A Movie" Program, and Indian Lake Theater's Community Photography Festival.

To attend any of the events, please contact the sponsoring organization for dates and times.

Applications for 2010 programs will be due in early October. Seminars will be held August and September throughout the county to help applicants learn about what types of programs are allowed to apply for funding and how to submit an application. For more information, call the Adirondacks Lakes Center for the Arts 518-352-7715.

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