2017 Livingston County Grant Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s Decentralization grant winners! We appreciate all of your hard work in our community and your dedication to arts and culture.

The Arc of Livingston Wyoming – A Different Point of View: Giving Individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities the ability to show their point of view of the world through the art of photography.

Avon Community Theater – Summer theatre camp for kids which concludes with a musical production.

Avon Free Library – Explore different art mediums to Build a Better World around us, as based upon the New York State Summer Reading Theme.

Dansville ArtWorks INC. – Chalk Walk and Arts Fest: A public multi-generational event that utilizes visual art (sidewalk chalk art) by professional, quasi-professional and community artists of all ages to build community.

Dansville ArtWorks Inc. & Chris Riedel – STORYTELLING, FAMILIES, AND LIBRARIES: A POWER TRIO- The program will bring storytelling performances that support the summer reading theme “Build a Better World” to eight Livingston County Libraries during the summer reading program days.

First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia – Music and the Instruments That Make It: This series of programs includes three separate concerts in 2017: an Irish Concert (March 17), The Dady Brothers (May 5) and Celtic Christmas Concert (December 1), all of which will provide music to be enjoyed as well as an introduction to the variety of instruments used and the sounds they make.

Geneseo Valley Children’s Choir – GVCC sings every year in two inspirationally-themes concerts incorporating a wide range of musical styles, which include exceptional guest artists, who enhance our mission artistically as an ensemble of high quality.

Geneseo Community Players – Summer Musical production at SUNY Geneseo, summer of 2017.

Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation – Clay on Wheels II with artist Lyndsay Clark. Participants will have the opportunity to express themselves artistically and create unique works of art using clay and glazes and pre-formed bisque ware.

Livingston County Department of Health – This project will provide photography sessions for hospice patients and their families to provide Memories of a Lifetime and to promote Livingston County Hospice through the power of photography to the community.

Livingston Senior GLEE CLUB – Providing an active, inclusive, enjoyable and accessible musical outlet for senior citizens (persons of 60 or more years) using choral singing to improve the quality of life.We welcome senior singers of all ability and experience levels. “Even if you have to carry a tune in a bucket, you are welcome to join us!”

National Warplane Museum – Sentenial Journey: To celebrate D-Day’s 73 Anniversary with a live performance from America’s Sweethearts, a luncheon (foods popular of the 40’s) provided by Partyman Catering and Rental and a video of “Whiskey 7’s” return to Normandy.

Nunda Historical Society – “History Days” April 2, 2017: “Cornhusk Doll Workshop”- November 8, 2017– Marlies Adams DiFante– “Queen of the Bremen- July 23, 2017– Dennis James, “Ernesto Nazareth: the Pianero of Brazli” & April 12, 2017 — “Ganandogan Bark Longhouse”.

Town of Geneseo – Fiddler’s Picnic: A day-long musical showcase featuring performances of old-time county, folk, and other home-spun, traditional styles of song.

Town of Geneseo/ Good Neighbor Committee of Geneseo – Keyboard Kamp: Community resources provide music lessons and mentoring situations for children who may or may not otherwise have such opportunities.

Village of Leicester – Gabezo Concert Series in the Park, June-September.

Wadsworth Library – Summer Reading: A children’s program focused on books and literacy and compromised of performers, special events, book groups, Storytime programs and more.

Young Authors and Storytellers – HiStory, HerStory, YourStory: Monthly memoir writing and scrapbook workshops with a culminating family festival to celebrate the accomplishments of the writers and their subjects.


Daniel Folts: Sgt. Devin Snyder: Her Life, her tragic death and her legacy in Western New York

There are many stories and films about the heroic deeds and bravery of soldiers during the war. WHat is needed is a record of the actions and lives, the human side, of local soldiers in Western New York, and an account of the effects of their loss on our communities. One such soldier is Devin Snyder. Snyder was one of the few female soldiers killed in Afganistan duringOperation Enduring Freedom, and the only female killed from Western New York. A native of Cohocton, Snyder was a trailblazer in the trend of allowing the superficial, and the sound byte. But what about her as a person? What was she like? What exactly did we, as a region and as a nation, lose to that IED blast?


Keith Walters: Beyond the Turnouts- An intimate photo-narrative of Letchworth State Park’s hidden beauty in conjunction with the park’s new Nature Center.

Keith will host community photo-walks where others can join in. Documenting and promoting the beauty that is far too often overlooked. 60+ miles of hiking trails, secluded ponds, small waterfalls and cascades, beautiful creeks, and amazing wildlife that reside in some of the areas of the park that require a little work to find.


Glenn McClure/Geneseo Central School – Music in the Ice

Students will translate climate change data collected from an Antartic expedition into music, using mathematical conversation techniques that will result in a piece played by the GCS Middle School Band. Art-Musical Compositions and Performance. Students will work with Composer, Glenn McClure to translate numerical scientific data into melodies and harmonies that will result in a new work for Middle School Band. Non-Art Middle School Science is focusing on environmental topics and climate change. These musical activities will function as an educational tool for climate change science. Furthermore, music students will learn about the history of composers using numerical data sets to create musical compositions. Science students will benefit from the motivational aspects of music that provide a portal into deeper science learning, both the composer and Science Teacher, Randy French traveled to Antartica last fall.


Ted Canning/York & Dansville Central School – Steel Bank Residency 

This project will be a fifth-grade music, and Latin American studies project, with focus on the Caribbean Islands and the evolution of the steel drum and other percussion instruments. Students will explore how this music was both influenced by and helped influence, the history and culture of Latin America. Students will also develop musical skills while learning to work collaboratively, follow directions, and perform in front of two live audiences. The teaching artist, Ted Canning, and the 5th-grade teachers will help to place Latin American history in a greater context related to other parts of the Western Hemisphere. Ted will help the students draw connections between Latin American music and the rhythms/music of other cultures.