Fall, Art, Cider, Features, Fun!
  • from E.D. Megan Barber

  • Grantee: Civic Ensemble
  • CAP Donor: Diana Nathanielsz
  • Apples and the Arts

  • Greater Ithaca Art Trail
  • Free Literary Workshops
  • CAP ArtSpace: Art Trail Group Exhibit

  • Sign up for Grant Writing Workshops
  • Upcoming Grants!

  • Local Events
It's Apple Time
from Executive Director, Megan Barber
Dear CAP Family,

The other night I got together with friends around a campfire. While the laughs and the potluck meal provided much-needed sustenance, the highlight of the night was the dutch oven full of spiced apples that hung steaming over the fire for much of the evening. When it was time to take off the lid and partake, the soft tangy cinnamony juicy goodness was a comfort to the soul I didn't realize I'd been longing for.

It's apple time!

October is Apples & Arts month here in Tompkins County. Check out our blog post on Visit Ithaca to see a full itinerary of arts and apples offerings across the County all month long. Round out your excursions on Greater Ithaca Art Trail Open Studio Weekends with a visit to some U-Pick orchards and local cideries. Cap off the evening with a concert or play and of course, a piece of apple pie a la mode!

They say you can see the whole world in an apple - the sun, the soil, the flower, the seeds. And you can see the whole world in a work of art - humanity, hope, awakening, gratitude. Open your eyes, open your heart, and enjoy the season!
Grantee Feature
Civic Ensemble's "Delia Divided"
(by CAP intern, Adri Alvarez)

This is a shortened version of the full article - at link below.

(A CAP "Grants for Arts Programs" and CAP Creative Recovery Grant helped fund the Civic Ensemble's "Delia Divided," by their ReEntry Theatre Program.)

This past June, Civic Ensemble performed an online staged reading of "Delia Divided," a play that explores the complexities of mental health, the criminal justice system, and racism.
“Delia Divided is a new full length play that was written by a professional playwright, Judy Tate,” Julia Taylor, Executive Director at Civic Ensemble, explains. “Local audiences might remember Judy from her play Fast Blood, which was produced in 2018. Judy collaborated with our ReEntry theatre program to write this play."

Delia Divided centers around a young, black woman as she dealt with the challenges of the foster care system, the criminal justice system and her own mental health.

The staged reading was made possible in part by a CAP "Grants for Arts Program" and the Creative Recovery Fund, a new CAP grant that centers around the community's recovery in the areas of racial justice, public and mental health, economic recovery, and climate disaster. “Our goal of this play is to not just show how these systems and how these themes play out in our community,” Taylor said about the show. “but to engage our community in dialogue about these questions.”

Read the full article here! (Thank you Civic Ensemble!)
CAP Donor Diana Nathanielsz
Keeping the Arts Vibrant
(by CAP Board member Judith Pratt)

This is a shortened version of the full article - at link below.

Diana Nathanielsz explains that she supports the arts in order to “keep Ithaca’s eclectic character vibrant.”

Her own life might be called eclectic. She grew up in England, worked in medical science, then moved to California. When she came to Ithaca, her interest in the arts became primary.

Once in Ithaca, Ms. Nathanielsz volunteered in the office at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), “because it was a resource for all ages in all of the arts.” She also joined the Ithaca Community Chorus. There she began her service as a board member--first for CSMA, next for the Ithaca Community Chorus, and for the board of CAP. She was invited to join the board of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, where she ultimately became president. She remains very involved in the Ensemble.

Although a singer and music lover, Ms. Nathanielsz also likes going to CAP fine art exhibits at the CAP ArtSpace, noting that “they are enjoyable and intimate, and it’s always good to see others who enjoy these presentations.”

“Giving to CAP means that local arts organizations, young artists, and those new to the area are able to access funding. CAP has their finger on the pulse of ALL the local arts. Those living in Tompkins County benefit from art generated by our neighbors.”

Diana Nathanielsz’ eclectic life has benefited all the arts.
Thank you Diana!

Read the full article here!
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Open Studios
Oct. 9, 10 / Oct.16, 17
11am - 5pm each day

See Which Artists are Open on the Art Trail event page. (Due to Covid, the List of Open Artists is a PDF which may be updated at any time. Please check it out, but also check it again before you leave to visit artists.) THANK YOU! Masks Required.

GREAT Free Zoom Workshops
Full Descriptions and Sign up

Thursday, October 7, 6:30:
Making the Most of Social Media, with Mickie Quinn

Friday, October 8, 6:30:
Art as Books/Books as Art, with Laura Rowley

Thursday, October 14, 6:30:
Our Journey Through Creativity, with artists Leanora Mims, Domenica Brockman, Lainey Papageorge, Sue Brightly.

Friday, October 15, 6:30
Recovering Your Creative Spirit, with Brenna Fitzgerald

Help Spread the Word!
Help Spread the word to your Art Loving Friends! Tell them about ArtTrail.com and say you are "going" or "interested" in the Facebook Event! THANKS!
Apples and the Arts
CAP & Visit Ithaca introduce "Apples & The Arts"!

Safely gather in celebration of art, apples, and cider in Tompkins County. Enjoy live arts exhibits and performances, Cider Week events at local breweries; and be sure to visit open studios on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail Oct 7-17.

We will be featuring Apples & The Arts events all month long on our Instagram and Facebook page!

Find a full list of arts events: here
CAP ArtSpace Group Exhibit
Greater Ithaca Art Trail Group Exhibit:
Pieces by 40 artists on the Trail! See the Trail artists all in one place in the CAP ArtSpace through the end of October.
See the Art Trail virtual exhibit here

Live Exhibit Location:
110 N. Tioga Street
(on the Commons next to M&T Bank) in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture.
Hours: Tues - Sat, 10-5
See what's next at CAP exhibits
SpringWrites Lit Fest Workshops
Register Anytime!
We've got GREAT free (zoom) writing workshops coming up. Visit our Spring Writes events page to register.

Monthly Poem and Prompt Social Club with Dr. Christine Kitano (our County Poet Laureate)
Oct. 28, 6:30pm:
Activsm is a Joke
with Yael Saar

Nov. 11, 6:30pm:
A New Mourning - Growing Through Grief
with Regi Carpenter
Free Grant Writing Workshops
Our ArtsLetter sponsor
I run great "Grant Writing Workshops" (Robin Schwartz, CAP Grant and Program Director). Free on Zoom. Learn about them, register, and see our upcoming grants at https://artspartner.org/content/view/CAPGrants.html

Tuesday, October 12, 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Wednesday, October 27, noon to 1pm.
Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Thank you Visions FCU
Our ArtsLetter sponsor
Are you struggling with personal finances? Introducing a classroom to financial literacy?
Visions offers more than banking! Through our Financial Wellness Team, we have free
resources for all ages, including one-on-one financial counseling, financial literacy programs for kids, and on site presentations available for schools, organizations, and businesses. Plus, with our Wallet Wellness website you could access virtual webinars, online games, and more! Visit visionsfcu.org/walletwellness to explore this free service today.
Local Artistic Offerings
Stay Connected Locally
Hangar Theatre
See their upcoming events at Hangartheatre.org. The Hangar and DSP Shows are colalborating for Oct. 7 Judy Collins, October 8 Dar Williams, October 12 Jake Shimabukuro and more!

Clockmaker Art
“In Case your Forgot,” an original world premiere folk pop musical! At the State Theatre on October 10th at 7pm. Learn more at clockmakerarts.com

Ithaca Ballet
October 23 and 24: "Peter and the Wolf" and "Carnival of the Animals," at Community School of Music and Arts. IthacaBallet.org

Cherry Arts
There's more to come - The next 2021-2022 season play is a world premiere of "And What Happens if I Don't", a quirky comedy about what our mothers want translated by Ana Brdar (Dec.3-12)! Not to mention their Lilypad Puppet Series. thecherry.org

Also at the Cherry
Jay Leeming performs "The Epic of Gilgamesh" on October 16th at 7:30 and October 17 at 2pm. thecherry.org

Kitchen Theatre
Next up: November 2 to November 21. The Thanksgiving Play"; See their full new season at kitchentheatre.org

Story House Ithaca
Next up: Online workshops with Regi Carpenter: "Storytelling as a Spiritual Practice" on October 9. see more events at storyhouseithaca.org

Corners Gallery
Mundane Marvels, paintings by Jennifer Small - through Nov. 6. cornersgallery.com

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
October 17: "For the Flowers Are a Great Blessing," at St. Luke's Church. cayuga-vocal.org

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Visit their website to learn about 2021-2022 season - full of orchestral and chamber music concerts, and their family concert series. Next up is Beethoven's Fifth on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM at Ford Hall, Ithaca College.ccoithaca.org

History Center in Tompkins County
Don't miss their exhibit Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihood, their Haunted History Tours in October. and their many educational events. Learn all about their offerings at thehistorycenter.net

Running to Places
October 7-10. outdoor performance: You're a Good Man,Charlie Brown. www.runningtoplaces.org

See what's playing at cinemapolis.org

Odyssey Bookstore
They have a monthly YA Book club. Next up: October 16: YA Book Club Meeting for the book "Lobizona" Odysseybookstore.com

State Theatre
(See Clockmaker Arts Above) and lots of shows coming up such as Patty Griffin and Gregory Alan Isakov on October 17

Gallery Night Ithaca - galleries are open!
Next up is November 5th Check Gallerynightithaca.com as we get closer to the date.

Feminist Theater: Past and Present
Two upcoming online panels "Theatre in the Third Wave," on Tuesday October 12 and "Performance in the Past-Wave Present" on November 18. Learn all about it at FeministTheatre.com

Elisa Keeler's Freeing Your Voice
an online 8-session series for singers of all levels and family members of all ages/ Mondays 7:30pm - 8:30pm, October 11th - December 6th.

Community School of music and Arts
in person classes, and see what's in their gallery at csma-ithaca.org

The Gallery At South Hill
Sidney Piburn, October 23 to Nov. 21, opening on October 23 and an artist talk on Saturday, October 30!

Tompkins County Public Library
There are always many great events happening at the library! tcpl.org.

State of the Art Gallery
through October 31: "Close to Home - and then some" features the work of Patty Porter and Diane Newton soagithaca.org

Buffalo Street Books
Check their website for upcoming writer talks. buffalostreetbooks.com

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
has all sorts of live events and performances!  

The Ink Shop
Dan Weldon, Aesop's Fables Exhibit through October 24. Ink-Shop.org

Neighbor's Gallery
October 16 - Powerdove - "Machination" listing party. Neighborsgallery.com/events
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