ARTS LINK GRANT PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
The Arts Link Grant Program is managed and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council and provides funding to artists, arts organizations and community non-profits, facilitating quality arts projects and activities throughout Putnam County that are open to public. Goals of the Arts Link Program include: supporting programs that enrich the quality of life for County residents, expanding opportunities for artists and arts organizations and developing audiences for the arts. The Program also connects artists with their communities and encourages cultural tourism.
The Putnam Arts Council serves as an umbrella organizations receiving and disseminating public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and with funds received from Putnam County Government. Grant requests to the Arts Link Grant Program always exceed funds available and each year the process is competitive. The process includes applications be evaluated by a panel comprised of area artists, educators, business and community leaders, who review the many applications submitted to the Putnam Arts Council Arts Link Grant Program. The panel then recommends funding for the projects it has determined will reach a broad audience, generate the most benefit to the community, and support the professional development of artists and arts groups. Panel recommendations are then submitted to the Board of the Putnam Arts Council for their consideration and approval. County funded grant recommendations also need to be 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 2021 the Arts Link Grant Program disseminated 19 awards totaling $41,000 to 15 non-profit cultural and community organizations throughout Putnam County. Program awards ranged from $800 to $5,000 with an average grant of $2,400. In no instance will the Arts Link Grant Program fund more than 70% of a project’s cost and in all instances a 50% cash match is encouraged but not required.
A list of award recipients for 2021 is provided below.
The 2021 application cycle has concluded and no additional applications can be accepted.
The 2021 Arts Link Grant Award Recipients:
Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library
Arts on the Lake Concerts
The Desmond-Fish Public Library – 2021 Concert Series
Doansburg Chamber Ensemble Inc.
Patterson Library – Music in the Park
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center – 2021 John Cohen Memorial Music Series
Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition – Concerts
Boscobel House and Gardens – Summer Concert Series
Arts on the Lake
Brewster Theater Company
Garrison Landing Association as Sponsor for Aery Theatre Company, Garrison
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Tompkins corners Cultural Center – Saturn’s Return
Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition – Theater
Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition – Putnam County Dance Project
Visual Arts and Multi-disciplinary
Boscobel House and Gardens – Artist Days
Collaborative Concepts, Inc. at Tilly Foster Farm