SCHOLARSHIP & GRANTS
On May 15th, the Ontario County Arts Council announced the award of five grants, totaling $3,800, to local projects that enrich the community and expand exposure to the arts to new and underserved audiences.
“The arts council received applications for more than double the available funds, so we had some very difficult decisions to make this year,” said Judi Cermak, president of the arts council. “We would like to thank our members and those who donate to the arts council for making these grants possible.”
Awards will be given to following:
The city of Geneva Public Art Committee for a downtown mural sharing a message of civil rights and equality
The Geneva Music Festival for a concert series that includes the debut of “Sonnenberg Suite,” written by a local resident, and concerts for children and seniors in Geneva
The city of Canandaigua for a wall-hanging system to display work by local artists
Cobblestone Arts Center to support the Woodland Treasure Walk and Concert Series
The Community Reading Partnership for a student poster project in support of the Children’s Book Fest to be held in fall 2021
Funds for the arts council grants come from membership fees and fundraisers. The arts council also gives a $2,000 scholarship annually to a second-year Finger Lakes Community College student majoring in the visual or performing arts.
“We are an all-volunteer organization, so if you become an arts council member or support an arts council event, you can be confident your funds will be pooled with others’ and channeled right back to the community,” Cermak said.
Mariner Family Arts Scholarship Fund
Each year OCAC and it's members fund a scholarship grant in the amount of $2,000 to a deserving second year student attending Finger Lakes Community College in memory of former OCAC President, Dottie Mariner and her family. The qualified Visual or Performing Arts student is selected by the FLCC Arts Department faculty from students who apply through the FLCC Scholarship Foundation.
The 2020 recipient of the OCAC Mariner Family Arts Scholarship is Russell Cammarata, a second-year major in Music Recording Technology. The 2019 recipient was Olivia Garlock, a Visual Arts major. Applications for FLCC Foundation Scholarships (including the OCAC - Mariner Arts) can be found at FLCC, online and in the financial aid offices during the spring semester.