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Committee Recommends Award of Arts and Culture Organizational Development Grants

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Legislature’s Planning, Development and Environmental Quality Committee has recommended award of 2018 grants under the County Tourism Program’s Arts and Culture Organizational Development (ACOD) grant program. The committee, however, did not take action on a proposal to increase the grant program’s 2018 budget.

The ACOD program is one of the Tourism Program’s ten grant programs, funded by County Room Occupancy Tax dollars. The committee, meeting March 26, recommended that the Legislature allocate nearly $218,000, split among ten local arts and cultural organizations, as recommended by the Community Arts Partnership, which serves in an advisory role for the capacity-building program. Recommended for funding are the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Cinemapolis, the Community School of Music and Art, Hangar Theatre, the History Center, the Kitchen Theatre, the Museum of the Earth/Cayuga Nature Center, Running to Places Theatre Company, the Sciencenter, and The State Theatre.

The committee discussed, but did not act on a proposal, advanced by Legislator Dan Klein, to increase the 2018 ACOD budget to $300,000, an amount equivalent to that requested by applicant organizations.

Leaders of the County’s Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) and Katie Borgella, Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability, advised the committee that the ACOD program is only one of the Tourism Program’s grant programs, with ACOD recipients also tapping other tourism grant programs. Funding recommendations for tourism grants are made after thoughtful consideration by the STPB, Commissioner Borgella also stated, taking into account the full scope of the County’s Tourism Program.