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TICONDEROGA — The Cultural Arts Initiative (CAI) has received funding from the City of Ticonderoga to support the arts.

Established several years ago to promote appreciation of the visual, literary and performing arts in the region, CAI administers these funds through a grants program.

Any arts group, historical society, preservation society, library, museum or organization providing public cultural enrichment programs to Ticonderoga residents is eligible for funding.

PROJECT NEEDS

For example, the funds can be used as start-up funds for a new initiative or as funds needed to complete an ongoing project or event.

“Every organization, for the most part, that asks for this money does exactly that,” said CAI committee member June Curtis.

“They have projects that they need the money for, and sometimes they don’t have the money, so it gives them the ability to do that. Other times, they need a bit more to finish funding the project.

EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS

Recipients primarily use CAI funds for a particular project.

“Sometimes they say, ‘Well, we need a booklet for our walking tour. It would pay for it,” she said.

“Sometimes they say, ‘We would like to have such and such and play music for us at such and such an event. So that covers that.

Applications for funding (up to $400) are now available. The application deadline is April 15.

Funded projects must be completed by September 15, 2022 (exceptions must be requested in writing and will be subject to review).

Grants will cover, but not be limited to, programming expenses, artist fees, one-time use materials for programs, partial administration costs, advertising, space rental, equipment, lighting and sound, costumes and professional fees and services.

Grants will not support capital or physical improvements, building repairs, fundraising expenses, receptions, refreshments, or programs not open to the public.

2021 FUNDS

In 2021, funds administered by CAI were used to support many diverse artistic activities such as walking tour guides, live music at the Farmer’s Market, children’s theatre, a museum exhibit, theater costumes , arts and crafts supplies for summer workshops and reading programs, outdoor arts festival as well as a socially distanced outdoor historical program.

These companies brought the joy of art to an ever-wider audience.

“As representatives of the CAI committee, we are very grateful for this support from the city,” said Curtis.

“The grants provide an invaluable opportunity for the arts to come back to center stage in our community. The vision, energy and talent of Ticonderoga’s arts community are strong, and this investment will improve the creative economy and quality of life in our city.

PRIZE PANEL

A panel of leaders, experienced in the rules and procedures of writing nonprofit grants, will make final award decisions.

Steve Boyce, Jill Cunningham, Judy Walker and Curtis make up the grants jury.

Nominations are available at the Ti Arts Gallery, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Community Building, and Black Watch Memorial Library.

Requests can also be requested by email at [email protected] or by phone by calling June Curtis at 518-585-6943 or Judy Walker at 518-984-0088.

All organizations are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

If you have any questions about applying for funds, contact CAI using the methods described above.

— Editor Robin Caudell contributed to this report.

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