Adirondack A&E e-News # 378

Essex County Arts Council Out and About

In this edition of Out and About, Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes recognizes the 40 Years of CAP grants by the organization, an amazing record of support for the arts.

Arts Council Celebrates 40 Years of Grants

The Essex County Arts Council (ECAC) announces the 2024 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant recipients. In celebration of 40 years of the CAP Program, grants in the amount of $40,000 to support specific projects have been awarded to 60 organizations providing cultural arts experiences for Essex County residents. The CAP Grant is funded by Essex County, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Stewarts Shops, and private donors.

“These arts and cultural organizations are the driving force that allow the arts to flourish in Essex County towns,” stated Susan Hughes, CAP Grant Administrator. “They offer a variety of art forms which collectively create the atmosphere in which we choose to live.” A complete list of CAP Grantees and their projects can be found HERE.

This year’s awardees have requested funding for projects in theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, lecture series, library programs and festivals.

“The Essex County Arts Council is thrilled to be able to support a growing number of artists and arts organizations. Organizations are showing their resilience and dedication as they rebuild and reconnect with their audiences,” said Rebecca Kelly, ECAC President. “We continue to do all we can to support the vitality of the arts and culture in our Essex County communities. We know how important this sector is to our collective well-being as we enjoy the output of the many talented artists in our area.”

ECAC works closely with Adirondack Arts & Entertainment to connect artists and arts organizations with the audiences of the North Country.


Community celebrates Adirondack artist Ted Cornell

Read Tim Rowland’s article on Ted Cornell in the Adirondack Explorer HERE.

Mother’s Day Velvet Devore Scarf Dyeing

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10 am – 4:30 pm (15 minute time slots)

Treat that special someone in your life to a unique and creative Mother’s Day experience at our Velvet Devore Scarf Dyeing Fundraiser led by Ginny Burnett! Join us for a day of bonding, laughter, and artistic expression as we create beautiful scarves together.

Please register by Sunday, May 5th to secure your spot! Register HERE.

Creative Spirit Community Arts Center, 6-8 Raymond Street, Potsdam


Free Film Screening

Directed by Jumana Manna, “Foragers” depicts the dramas around the practice of harvesting for wild edible plants in Palestine with wry humor and a meditative pace. Shot in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Jerusalem, it employs fiction, documentary and archival footage to portray the impact of Israeli nature protection laws on these ancient customs and Palestinian food sovereignty.

RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

St. Eustace Episcopal Church, 2450 Main St, Lake Placid. Parking is available in the lot off of Hayes Street, with additional parking on Main Street.

Mirror Master

Featuring works from Pennie Brantley and Robert Morgan

Through Wednesday, May 15. Artist Talk Friday, May 17, 5 pm

Learn more HERE.

LARAC’s Lapham Gallery, 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls

Nearly $4M Arts’ Capital Projects awards for North Country arts groups

New York State Council on the Arts’ Capital Projects Fund grants were announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul Friday. The NYSCA awards include two grant categories: Small and Midsized Capital Improvement Grants, which range from $50,000 to $2 million, and Large Capital Improvement Grants, which range from $2 million to $10 million and focus on large-scale capital projects that prioritize community development and placemaking.

Essex County Awardees:
Craigardan, Inc., $637,000 for construction of a main house building, including galleries and space for cultural events.
The Depot Theatre, $25,000 for installation of a theatre projection system.
Wilmington Historical Society, $697,000 for new Historical Society Center construction.

Franklin County Awardees:

Blueseed Studios, Inc., $25,000 for floor replacement.
Natural History Museum of the ADKS (The Wild Center), $2,456,000 for the construction of a Convening Center building.
Tupper Arts, Inc., $50,000 for HVAC installation.

See the full list of awardees HERE.

May at the Waterhole Music Lounge

We have five (5!) Party on the Patios and the Freshnet Film Festival on May 11th in the Upstairs Music Lounge.

See the full skinny on the bands rolling through the Waterhole during May—and the Spotify playlist—HERE.

Waterhole Music Lounge, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake

A Personal Journey to Wholeness

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 11am – 12pm

After spending much of her young life exploring the paths and streams in the woods where she grew up, Debby Havas, a 38 year old Mother and teacher, learned her chronic pain and exhaustion was due to Multiple Sclerosis. She once again immersed herself in Mother Nature to heal from traumatic events in her life, thereby developing deep insights into the emotional and spiritual triggers of illness and disease. By excavating her past, she was able to let go of the energetic scars left on her psyche with surprising results.

In this session, besides hearing about Debby’s journey, she will speak on the healing tool of journaling, which became the basic resource for her memoir. She’ll discuss what it is, why it is important, and how to notice and weave Mother Nature’s cues into your writing. There will be a brief time for private journaling and Q & A. Her books will be available for purchase.


NewVida Preserve, 6394 NYS Route 86, Jay

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