• A Season of Gratitude - Megan Barber
  • Grantee Feature - Beyond Art Collective
  • CAP-a-Palooza! Donate Previously Owned Art!
  • Donor Feature - Sue Perlgut
  • November 5: The Art of Wampum Lecture/Exhibit
  • November 6: Visit Artists on the Art Trail!
  • November 9: A CAP Grant Writing Advice Workshop
  • November 18: A New Mourning Writing Workshop
A Season of Gratitude
from Executive Director, Megan Barber
Dear CAP Family,

Can you believe it's November already? This season of gratitude and giving is one of my favorite times of year. 

It's grant making time here at the Community Arts Partnership, and we are so grateful for our steadfast grant partners who make these grants possible. Thanks to these partners and others, we've had the honor of distributing over $5.6 million in grants over the past 30 years!

The New York State Council on the Arts has worked with CAP for over 30 years as one their Statewide Community Regrant partners, enabling CAP to distribute over $60,000 a year to Tompkins County artists and arts organizations for community art engagement, school residencies, and cultural programming. See our grants page for upcoming deadlines!

The Tompkins County Tourism Department generously funds the Arts & Culture Organizational Development grants to support organizations that enhance Tompkins County’s brand as an artistic and cultural destination.

The Community Foundation has partnered with us for years to make our services real for Tompkins County, including being the lead supporter of our Creative Recovery Fund. And their work goes beyond CAP! Sign up to learn more about their work here

We have a wonderful anonymous donor who supports our Specific Opportunity Stipend (SOS) grant. We are always looking for new grant partners and new opportunities for grant giving!

And one last note - CAP will be at Ithaca's Alternative Gift Fair on Saturday, November 20. Join us live or online!

With appreciation,
CAP Grantee Feature
Beyond Art Collective
(by CAP intern, Adri Alvarez)

The Beyond Artist Collective (Doug Shire, Laurence Clarkberg and many others) received our Artist in Community Grant and created the amazing “BEYOND” installation, an interactive art gallery that opened in Ithaca this summer and ran through October in Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons.
“The grant was what kicked it off for us,” Shire (left in photo, with Laurence) on his experience working with CAP. “Not just financially. When someone gives you a grant, they’re confident in you. They believe that you can do the thing that you proposed and they’re giving you the resources to make it happen. And that’s a good feeling.”
Beyond brought you away from a simple art gallery and directly into the creative visions and senses of the artists that brought them to life. Working beyond simple visual arts, Beyond utilized sound and interactivity to bring you into a world that you could only dream of!

"It often happens that when you receive a great gift, you want to return it to the community that gave it to you. And I would say that the Beyond exhibit is absolutely a gift to the community.”

Please read the full article HERE.
CAP Donor Sue Perlgut
Keeping the Arts Vibrant
(by CAP Board member Judith Pratt)

Sue Perlgut is a long-time and generous donor to CAP. Why? “I live in Ithaca, I use its resources, I get the benefit of its resources. It’s a community that I love. So, to the best of my ability, I give back.”

She is also a creative entrepreneur in the arts. That began in 1970, when she co-founded the It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre Company in New York City. In 2020, Sue competed a documentary about the theatre company. It was the fourth film created by her video company, Close to Home Productions.

A graduate of NYU with a MA in Educational Theatre, Perlgut has been a director, performer, playwright, storyteller, puppet maker, teacher, arts administrator, and producer of theatre.

Sue is also the recipient of multiple CAP grants for her artistic endeavors over the years.

Today, Perlgut directs the Senior Theatre Troupe of Lifelong, a group that focuses on performing stories from their own lives. "We talk about the importance of telling stories--in performance, on video, and in writing. "

Please Read the full article HERE

We thank Sue for her continuing support of the Community Arts Partnership!

Nov. 5: CAP ArtSpace Opening
Native American Heritage Month Display
The Art of Wampum

Gallery Night
Friday, November 5
Lecture - 5:30pm
Exhibit - 6:30pm

5:30 - 6:30pm - Attend Lecture by Rich Hamell, or visit the History Center which will also be open on Gallery Night!
6:30 - 8:00pm - Visit Exhibit

The Art of Wampum is a month long display, presented by the History Center in Tompkins County, showcasing replica wampum belts woven by Rich Hamell of Ganondagan State Historic Site, and wampum inspired prints by Brandon Lazore (Onondaga Nation), exploring the histories and meanings captured in the traditional belt designs and the historic events they symbolize.
At 5:30 on Gallery Night, Rich Hamell will give a lecture on the 'Historic Significance of Wampum." This program will be live streamed and added to the History Center's YouTube and Vimeo platforms. Due to covid-19 there will be a audience capacity for the in-person event. 

This exhibit is part of the History Center's Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods exhibit series and is sponsored in part by Chloe Capital

See the virtual exhibit HERE.

Address: 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

Nov. 6: Greater Ithaca Art Trail
November First Saturday Visits
Visit Studios on
Saturday, Nov. 6
11am - 4pm

Find the PDF listing who is open on the Art Trail event page.

Questions? Robin at

Image: Linna Dolph
Nov. 9: Grant Writing Advice
with Robin Schwartz
Free on Zoom
Tuesday, November 9
6:30 to 7:30pm

I run great "Grant Writing Workshops" (says Robin Schwartz, CAP Grant and Program Director). Free on Zoom. Register, and see our upcoming grants HERE
Nov. 18: CAP Writing Workshop
with Regi Carpenter
Workshop: A New Mourning- Growing Through Grief
Thurs, Nov. 18th
Free on zoom
with Regi Carpenter.

"There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” - Longfellow

A New Mourning utilizes the power of the written and spoken word in to gently and creatively guide us through the labyrinth of life after a death. Death changes people. Learning to negotiate life anew can be daunting, confusing, disorienting and frightening. Fundamental questions such as who am I, what will my life be now, what is my identity and purpose? These questions can lead to feelings of overwhelming despair, fear and confusion. But times of change are also times of opportunity. A New Mourning honors the pain and confusion one feels after experiencing a death while exploring the immense opportunity for growth, and the possibility of renewed hope and purpose.
Registration HERE
Learn more about Regi

Learn about the monthly Poem and Prompt Social Club with Dr. Christine Kitano (our County Poet Laureate) on our Spring Writes Literary Festival Event Page
Donate Previously Owned Art!
to our annual CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale
Donate Used Art
November 28 - 30

Do you have art in your closets or attics that you would love to pass on to a worthy cause? It can be work you bought, gifts you have but never liked, art you inherited, art you made, or art made by your relatives. Donate to CAP for our Art Sale!

Questions? Want a Reminder? E-mail Robin at and she will remind you of the drop off dates in a week or two!

The Art Sale
December 3-19

Our annual CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale is our annual fundraiser where we sell your donated, previously owned art. Each year, we collect over 500 pieces resulting in a fun, funky, and eclectic mix of mostly vintage, and contemporary art. Work is priced low. Our goal to sell everything!

Learn all about donating and the sale HERE

Thank you Visions FCU
Our ArtsLetter sponsor
A Message to You from Visions: Thank you, to all our veterans for your service. Not only on Veterans Day, but throughout the year, Visions wants to help you and your families stay financially secure. Our Veterans Program offers bonus opportunities for you and your spouse, scholarships for your dependents, custom financial presentations for veterans’ associations, and regular grants to promote nonprofit efforts like Operation Homefront.
Visit for program details.
Local Artistic Offerings
Stay Connected Locally
Hangar Theatre
See their upcoming events at The Hangar and The State Theatre present November 6: Maddy Walsh Album Release and November 7: Shovels and Rope Bare Bones Tour.

This is Not a War Story
November 6 at 7pm, Film and Q&A. Filmed in and around Ithaca, THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans whose anti-war art, poetry and papermaking keep them together, despite the spectre of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible

Ithaca Ballet
Nutcracker: December 17 and 18th at the State Theater

Civic Ensemble
They have (Wednesdays) Youth Forum Theatre Troupe for 8th to 12th graders and (Tuesdays) ReEngry Theatre program, open to all who have experienced incarceration.

Cherry Arts
Next! "And What Happens if I Don't", a quirky comedy about what our mothers want (Dec.3-12)! AND - Cardboard Explosion! on Nov 6. Best for 5+.

Community School of Music and Arts
Nov. 5 Gallery Night featuring a live conversation with artists Pedro Molina and Marilyn Boror Bor.

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
will join forces with Ithaca College School of Music to present a virtual concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on January 29th.

Gallery Night in Downtown Ithaca

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

Story House Ithaca
Next up: November 4 Fourth Year Freshman Comedy Tour and November 20, Unwrapped: Tales of Unexpected Gifts with storytellers Regi Carpenter and Noa Baum.

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

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Next up is a Family Concert Series performance on November 18.
and an Jordan Dodson Plays Rodrigo onNovember 20 at Ford Hall.

History Center in Tompkins County
Don't miss their exhibit Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihood, and their many educational events.

History Center presents "The Art of Wampum
Gallery Night November 5, Lecture - 5:30pm and Exhibit - 6:30pm

See what's playing at

State Theatre
November 12 - Little Feat
November 13 - Friends, The Musical Parady

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

Feminist Theater: Past and Present
"Performance in the Past-Wave Present" on November 18.

This is Ithaca - Latest Podcast
The Mall Dry Cleaners. Listen to it here!

The Gallery At South Hill
Sidney Piburn Exhibit - through Nov. 21

Tompkins County Public Library
There are always great events at the library!

State of the Art Gallery
Before It’s Gone, Views of a World in Flux, through November 28. Work by Jay Hart and Ed Brothers

Buffalo Street Books
Check their website for upcoming writer talks.

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

The Ink Shop
November 5 - January 2
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