The gift of the arts

Warwick, Sugar Loaf, Greenwood Lake, Goshen receive arts grants


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  • The Greenwood Lake Film Strip project received a grant from the Orange County Arts Council.




  • Wickham Works' second annual Treecycle project was a recipient of a grant.



The Orange County Arts Council is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and, to help commemorate this milestone, the council created a new grant opportunity for artists and arts organizations in the county - Community Arts Grants.

The grants were designed to encourage new and more abundant arts and culture opportunities in Orange County.

The council received 32 submissions for the grants earlier this year. The selection panel awarded grants to 14 projects, representing a variety of arts disciplines and span the county from Port Jervis to Newburgh.

The local grant winners are:

The Greenwood Lake Film Strip project: Developed in conjunction with the Hoboken Film Festival, the project consists of 20 wooden “film-strip” cutouts, 2 feet wide by 4 feet high and mounted on stands at local businesses and area attractions in and around Greenwood Lake throughout the film festival. Each film strip was painted by a local artist with a movie related theme, such as film scenes, movie posters, collages, or any form of movie film art.

The Painted Trotters of Goshen: A collaborative effort between the Village of Goshen and the Goshen Art League, individual artists were given a plywood cutout of a horse which the artist painted in any style they choose. The horses will be placed around the Village of Goshen business district. The horses will be displayed to coincide with the start of racing season at the Historic Track.

Encapsulate: Encapsulate is a short documentary about the unearthing of a time capsule in the Village of Warwick that has been buried for 50 years. The time capsule itself represents the community’s past, buried in the ground during the centennial celebration during 1967. As preparations are made to bury a new time capsule, to be opened in 2067, the film deals with the commonalities in the human experience: responsibility, homecoming, mortality and legacy.

Treecycle 2017: Wickham Works is producing its second annual Treecyle, a two-day event that coincides with Earth and Arbor Day, and takes place at Wickham Woodlands Manor and Pavilion in Warwick (former O.C. Correctional Facility). Seven Orange County artists/facilitators guided children and adults in the creation of sculptural trees made from up-cycled materials.

DUSKLIT Interactive Art Bazaar: DUSKLIT is a one-night art bazaar that challenges visitors to accept experience as art. More than 75 artists will transform the Seligmann Homestead in Sugar Loaf into a landscape of interactive 10 x 10’ installations, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with and participate in micro-environments and interdisciplinary performances.

Confabulation: The Notion of a Small Town: In 2017 the Village of Warwick is celebrating its Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village. Confabulation is a theatrical piece based on real stories garnered from the community. From these stories, archetype characters will emerge forming the basis for a larger story which will be edited into a final play performed during the Warwick Summer Arts Festival.

Milkweed Poetry Journal: The mission of Milkweed Poetry Workshop (MPW) is to create a community of poets and to support and encourage expression in words – written, spoken, and otherwise. MPW seeks to honor the diverse voices of these poets by publishing a quarterly journal that showcases the poems that are being written right now in Orange County.

The Community Arts Grants were funded through individual donations made to the arts council from donors and sponsors, including a generous gift from the Wesley-Krueger Family Foundation.

For more information about the Orange County Arts Council, visit www.ocartscouncil.org or call 845-469-9168.


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