2016 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.

Bread & Water Theatre – Provocative, stylish, and erotic,LA RONDE follows a chain of amorous couplings across turn-of-the-century Vienna. Exchanging one lover for another, ten actors take on ten diverse characters. Unflinchingly ahead of its time, La Ronde, in its 1921 premiere, caused one of the greatest scandals in theater history! This grant will fund nine performances of LA RONDE.

BIODANCE Inc. – BIODANCE will develop new dance work choreographed by Director Missy Pfohl Smith and others, and will present its BIO/DANCE & Social Justice Series of performances (most of these provided free of charge) providing a forum for various dance/collaborative artists to share socially conscious artwork in a number of accessible community venues. One of these venues is Community Place of Greater Rochester, where BIODANCE will also provide 15 free dance workshops for seniors citizens throughout the year.

Brighton Symphony Orchestra / Town of Brighton – Perform thirteen community orchestra concerts at accessible public locations and senior residential communities around the greater Rochester, NY area.

Cordancia – “April in Paris”, a season concert (two performances) by Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Rachel Lauber, featuring classical music with a French connection, including as guest soloist the winner(s) of the Cordancia Concerto Competition for Young Performers.

The Corner Place Arts Academy – This project, part of a larger after school arts program for elementary Rochester city youth, incorporates interdisciplinary arts classes for elementary youth in an engaging and supportive environment utilizing mathematics, visual arts, and creative writing, facilitated by Sarah Beren.

Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble – An After School Program prepares students (ages 15 and up) to become advocates for intercultural dance, wellness and community cooperation with Inner City Youth in the 6 weeks Summer Horizons Program.

Greater Brockport Development Corporation – Summer serenades – family friendly outdoor concert series in Brockport NY. Run throughout the summer and are free.

JUST POETS of GREATER ROCHESTER – Just Poets requests $3600 in funding for seven “R-VOICES” events that will use poetry to bring together diverse groups of people and build poetic community across Greater Rochester.

A Magical Journey Thru Stages – Connecting the classic Dickens story of David Copperfield to present day students through live theatre while encouraging reading, participation in the arts and connecting with each other. STAGES KIDS program offers musical theatre shows for second to fifth grade youth to perform during the school year through an immersion in theatre arts, giving hands on experience in performing in a supportive environment.

The MuCCC Theater – Dances at MuCCC is a curated dance program held at the MuCCC Theater.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – The Reel Mind Theatre & Film Series addresses the social stigma of mental illness, providing a message of hope that recovery is possible.

Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children – Since 2006, the Children’s Film Festival has hosted free screenings of non-violent, award-winning international children’s films during April, the Month of the Young Child — the project focuses on underserved populations in the city of Rochester, traveling screenings to neighborhood settings such as libraries, and holding free hands-on Animation Workshops.

Rochester Community Players, Inc. – In commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, RCP’s Shakespeare Players program will stage four Shakespeare or Shakespeare-related plays in 2016: “All’s Well that Ends Well”, “Romeo & Juliet” (free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl), “Hamlet” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.

RCTV, Rochester’s Community Media Center – Conversations with Creatives is a Telly Award-winning TV program focusing on the Arts in Monroe County, where the host and producer, Carol White Llewellyn, interviews artists and representatives from local Arts Organizations, exploring their work, their missions and their artistic philosophies through conversations, and by sharing photos, live performances and video footage of work.

Rochester Oratorio Society, Inc. – The Rochester Oratorio Society opens its 71st season of concerts, its tenth under the direction of Eric Townell, with a program of Bernstein, Bach and Mozart, offering some of the best-known and most-requested works in the choral repertoire in innovative fashion, and featuring the nationally-known, award-winning countertenor ERIC JURENAS as soloist.

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum – To increase community involvement and appreciation for their heritage and history with an event, Spencerport Heritage Day, where people will have the opportunity to learn through hands-on demonstrations and activities throughout the day.

Village of Brockport – The Village of Brockport will use $5,000 to partner with local muralist Stacey Kirby to create a large scale “Welcome to Brockport” mural for the Main Street Bridge overlooking Route 19 at the Northern entrance to
the village.

Emily Piles – A documentary series featuring 4 of Rochester’s arts organizations, participating artists, and the community that benefits from, and contributes to, the expansion of creative programming in our city.

Tara Nelson – Presenting a series of four experimental film screenings featuring her own films as well as the work of other Monroe County and New York filmmakers.

Delores Jackson Radney/School #19 – Spotlight on History is a theater residency program in which the students will produce a play based on the social studies curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades.

  • 3rd graders will perform in a folktale from a world community, adapted for the stage and a classroom of students.
  • 4th graders will do a play based on New York State History. One classroom with perform Clinton’s Ditch: the story of the Erie Canal and the other will do a play about the Harlem Renaissance.