2017 Monroe 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.

Baobab Cultural Center – The Mounhafayni project focuses on building community in the underserved Rochester community by providing West African dance and drumming classes in the community as well as scholarships to a group of 10 youth and 5 adults for the classes that lead up to a performance.

Black Friars Theatre – Summer Intensive (“BTSI”) is a 5-week professional training program for student actors aged 16-22 who are pursuing study and/or a career in the performing arts.

Town of Brighton: Brighton Symphony Orchestra will perform thirteen free admission orchestral concerts at accessible sites around the Rochester area during 2017, including a joint program with the Genesee Chorale. 

Brockport Symphony Orchestra– 2017 Concert Series in Monroe County will feature collaborations with locally known and nationally acclaimed artists, along with world premiere compositions at the Erie Canal Bicentennial concert at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Greece Performing Arts Society– A concert featuring the five GPAS ensembles: Choral Society, Community Orchestra, Jazz Band, Symphony, and Concert Band, as well as internationally-renowned violinist Yunjung Lee and vocal soloist Michael DeLuca, in a community concert at Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

JUST POETS, Inc. – “R-VOICES” events that will use poetry to bring together diverse groups of people and build poetic community across Greater Rochester.

MuCCC Theater – Dances at MuCCC is a week of dance programming featuring Rochester, regional and national/international dancers and dance groups.

National Alliance on Mental Illness– The Reel Mind Theater & Film Series addresses the social stigma of mental illness and other brain disorders while promoting a sense of hope that recovery is possible.

Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children – Rochester International Children’s Film Festival provides an accessible forum for non-violent, artistic film and other media as part of literacy education for children, their families, and caregivers.

Rochester Community Players, Inc. – Three Shakespeare plays in 2017: “Coriolanus”, April 2017 at MuCCC Theater, “As You Like It”, Free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl July 2017 and “The Taming of the Shrew” November 2017 at MuCCC Theater.

The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus– The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus will perform their season-finale concert in June 2017, featuring exclusively the music of Rock music pioneers and icons Freddie Mercury and the group Queen.

RCTV, Rochester’s Community Media Center – Conversations with Creatives is a two-time Telly Award-winning TV program in which Carol WHite Llewellyn, the show’s Host, Producer and Editor, interviews artists and representatives from local Arts Organizations, exploring their work, their missions, and their artistic philosophies.

Rochester Oratorio Society, Inc. – Splendid Grandeur: Amy Beach’s Grand Mass in E-Flat: In the Sesquicentennial year of her birth and the centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, the Rochester Oratorio Society, orchestra, and vocal soloists present the Grand Mass in E-Flat, by American composer AMY BEACH (1867-1944), in collaboration with guest ensemble Concentus Women’s Chorus.

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum– Spencerport Heritage Day, to increase community involvement and appreciation for their heritage and history, people will learn through hands-on demonstrations and activities.

The Center for Youth – Strings for Sucess: Is a free, innovative, inclusive, violin program, serving students in grades 3-8 in Rochester’s Inner City (an area characterized by high poverty and low graduation rates) that provides lessons, performances, field trips and travel to support academics, college and career awareness.

Weaver’s Guild of Rochester– Fiber Arts Immersion for Young People: Three varies, hands-on 6-8 hour fiber arts immersion experiences with 24 high school and/or college students, through studio workshop classes.

Sarah Beren – Sculpture

In the spirit of Pokemon Go! And Where’s Waldo?, Sarah Beren (LCAT) will facilitate a collaborative ceramics project working to create 200 small (5″) rabbit ceramic sculptures, hidden around Rochester for the public to find, take, and connect to out artist Facebook page for the purpose of bringing people together using art, technology, and play. Attached to each sculpture are instructions for the finder giving permission to not only take the sculpture, but to then look up it’s “twin” on our website, linking the artist to the piece, the name of the rabbit, and providing a gallery wall for uploads of photographs of the rabbit’s new home and the stories that may have led to their discovery.


Lynn Feldman – Large Painting/ Collage

I want to create a painting/ collage for the new indoor shed of the Rochester Public Market that portrays the wonderful discovery of the city and a bounty of healthy and fresh foods. This large work (approximately 60″ x 72″) will show a table laden with fresh vegetables and foods surrounded by vendors and shoppers. Lynn will be working with a fellow artist/rug hooker who will hook portions of the piece. At the monthly First Friday open houses in the Neighborhood of the Arts, where both of their studios are located, the public will see the finished piece as it will be permanently and prominently on display at the Rochester Public Market.

Delores Jackson Radney/School #16 – The Eagle Who Thought He was A Chicken

Spotlight on History: The theme for School 16 is Soar Like and Eagle and the principal has asked that the students with the support of a theater artist create a play from the mortality folktale, The Eagle who thought he was a Chicken. Delores will develop a script and performance of that script with school #16 8th grade students. The 8th graders will perform the play fro the 6th and 7th graders. This is a theater integration into creative writing ELA/ character education and biology. The students will study biology as they compare and contrast the behavior of eagles and chickens.


Glenn McClure/ Webster Schoeder High School – Music in the Ice

Students will translate climate change data collected from an Antartic expedition including composer Glenn McClure and Physics teacher Bob Enck into music, using mathematical conversation techniques that will result in student multimedia works. Art-Musical Compositions and multi-media productions. Students will work with Composer, Glenn McClure to translate numerical scientific data into melodies and harmonies that will result in multiple student digital media productions. Non-Art Middle School Science is focusing on Physics and climate change. These musical activities will function as an educational tool for Physics and climate change science. Furthermore, music students will learn about the history of composers using numerical data sets to create musical compositions. Physics students will benefit from the motivational aspects of music that provide a portal into deeper science learning.