CAZENOVIA – On December 13, Governor Kathy Hochul named Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (SQHAP) the recipient of grants administered by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the arts and culture sector for purpose non-profit.
NYSCA’s Third Round Grants – which include organizational support, artist support, special opportunities, and recovery grants – will invest in more than 1,000 organizations and more than 300 artists in ten regions of the state .
“The arts have long been a vital sector of our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York City, it is essential that we do all we can. [to] help this industry thrive again, ”Hochul said in a December 13 press release. “These award recipients represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will not only be able to continue their creative and inspiring work, but also help spur revitalization in their own backyard. court.”
NYSCA has provided SQHAP with total funding of $ 79,500.
The organization received two grants of $ 10,000 to fund the work of SQHAP guest artists Diane Schenandoah and Dr Juhanna Rogers.
According to Emily Zaengle, CEO of SQHAP, the guest artist initiative is the organization’s oldest program.
“Dorothy and Robert Riester started the program in 1991, shortly after joining Stone Quarry Art Park as a non-profit organization,” Zaengle said. “The Visiting Artist Program partners with artists interested in shaping the landscape of Stone Quarry Hill. The program is interdisciplinary, emphasizes experimentation and the artistic process. Guest artists benefit from funding, on-site accommodation and a studio. The projects of the guest artists are shared with the public on the grounds of Stone Quarry.
Schenandoah, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Faith Keeper of the Wolf Clan, is a guest artist at SQHAP 2022.
NYSCA will support Schenandoah’s next project “The Great Tree of Peace”.
“Stone Quarry extended an invitation to Diane in 2021, when she proposed the planting of a white pine and carved sculptures,” Zaengle noted.
Rogers is a 2021-2022 guest artist. NYSCA funding will support her ongoing work on “Queendom,” an outdoor interactive performative experience that explores dreaming and the possibility of reparations.
Zaengle explained that SQHAP is the sponsoring organization for artist support grants for Schenandoah and Rogers.
“NYSCA funding will come to Art Park, and then we’ll pay it in full,” she explained. “The art park is only allowed to keep $ 500 from each of these two individual artist grants of $ 10,000 to cover [administrative expenses]. We will use this administrative support to develop some type of program or public event around the work of Diane and Juhanna.
SQHAP received a $ 10,000 grant from the NYSCA Recovery Fund to help the organization recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including lost revenue from site rentals and events.
The NYSCA also awarded SQHAP a grant of $ 49,500 to support organizations.
According to Zaengle, funds from the two grants will cover general operating needs, such as cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment and staff salaries. Thirty percent of the two grants will support New York State Artist Fellowships.
In addition to working with Shenandoah and Rogers, SQHAP invited NIC Kay to be a 2022 Guest Artist. Born in the Bronx in 1989, NIC Kay is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and conceptual choreographer whose works have been performed nationwide. and international.
All remaining funds from the Organizational Support Grant will support artistic engagement with the Dorothy Riester House and Studio (Hilltop House), artist-commissioned projects, artist-led educational programs, and an outdoor exhibition curated by artists.
“We are very happy to have the support of the NYSCA and very grateful for New York State’s investment in the arts,” Zaengle said. “We all benefit when artists can create new works. “
SQHAP is located at 3883 Stone Quarry Road in Cazenovia. The park provides a unique environment for artists to create and exhibit their work in natural and gallery settings. Open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year, it also provides a space for the community to explore and appreciate the natural world and interact with art and artists.
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