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Arts Link Grant Program Overview

The Putnam Arts Council, chartered by the NYS Department of Education in 1963, is the voice for the arts in Putnam County. The Council administers state and county funding programs for artists and local cultural organizations and plays a leadership role in the county-wide development of community arts programming and arts access for everyone. This Program also is an economic driver bringing $7 for each $1 spent to communities throughout Putnam County through cultural tourism.

The Putnam Arts Council manages the submission, review, and award process for the ARTS LINK Community Grant Program; the program disseminates public funds received from the New York State Council on the Arts through its Statewide Community Regrant Program, with support from the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature, as well as awards from Putnam County government along with public funds from Putnam County.

The ARTS LINK program facilitates the presentation of quality arts exhibitions, performances and activities throughout Putnam County that are open to the public. ARTS LINK encourages the growth of artists and arts organizations, connects artists with their communities and helps to build a local and regional audience for the arts.

We are committed to providing artists with opportunities for artistic development and the public presentation of their work. While state funding has increased, grant requests to the Arts Link Grant Program usually exceed funds available and the process is competitive. Applications are evaluated by an advisory panel comprised of area artists, educators, business, and community leaders. Projects are rated on the artistic merits of the grantee, their capacity to execute a project, reach a broad audience, and generate the most benefit to the community. Advisory panel recommendations are submitted to the Board of the Putnam Arts Council for their consideration and approval. County funded grant recommendations are also approved by Putnam County Government. The Program is managed and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council with audits done by PAC’s Board and staff and with help from interested volunteers.

In 2024, the Arts Link Community Grant Program will disseminate 26 awards to 23 organizations totaling $44,793. Sixteen arts projects will be supported by $30,800 in public funds, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Public funds from Putnam County totaling $13,993 will be awarded to 12 local organizations. All projects will take place in Putnam County and will be open to the public.

Funding Sources are recognized as follows:  NY State *   /  Putnam County +


Arts on the Lake

Summer Concerts on Friday nights in the month of July *

Extending Connections Theatre Project *


Boscobel House and Gardens

This Man’s a Spy! Interactive live concert, April 2024 +


Brewster Theater Company

Fiddler on the Roof, July 2024 +


Chapel Restoration

2024 Sunday Music Series *


Cold Spring Dance Company

Renaissance Contemporary Ballet, Sept-Oct 2024 *+


Collaborative Concepts

Collaborative Concepts Outdoor Sculpture Show at Tilly Foster Farm * +


Doansburg Chamber Ensemble

2024 Concert Series *


Garrison Art Center

Visiting Artist Community Program +

Sept-Oct 2024


Garrison Landing Association as sponsor for The Aery Theatre

18th Annual Aery Theatre Company 20/20 One-Act Festival *


Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

BAKE-OFF Community Playwriting Series +

Sept- Nov 2024


Julia Butterfield Library

Diverse Voices/ Empowering Narratives *

Multimedia Art Exhibitions featuring Hudson Valley artists


     Kent Public Library

Library Children’s Musical Theater Project, August 2024*


Patterson Public Library

Teen Theater+

Calpulli Mexican Dancers, July 2024*


Putnam Chorale

Haydn’s Creation, April 2024 *


Putnam County Dance Project

Putnam Falls for Dance *

Highlights Hispanic Heritage month Sept 2024


Putnam History Museum

Revolutionary Visions: Contemporary Art and the American Revolution in Putnam County*

 Local Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Workshop, Related Events Oct – Dec 2024


Putnam Pride

American Black History and Juneteenth Celebration +

Indigenous drumming and dance program, Feb 17; June 19


Putnam Symphony

2024 Performance season at Brewster High School*

 Music of the Olympics, April 14; Holiday Concert, Nov 24


Southeast Museum

Juneteenth Celebration of local History and Art*

June 2024


St. Mary’s in the Highlands

Music at St. Mary’s, Oct 2024*+


Tompkins Corners Cultural Center

John Cohen Memorial Concerts 2024 Season+

Musical performances and workshops


Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

Concerts Around the Corner season+

Theatricals at Old Town Hall, Brewster+


Town of Carmel Department of Recreation

Red Mills Sculpture Park+

Showcasing the artwork of local and regional sculptors, May-October 2024


Funding Sources are recognized as follows:  State *       /     Putnam County +

About the New York State Council on the Arts
NYSCA preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. The Council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, NYSCA is awarding record funding in Fiscal Year 2023, providing support across the full breadth of the arts.  NYSCA further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit 
http://www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.

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