CAP ArtsLetter - May 28

What's It All About?

  • Dear CAP Family, by E.D. Megan Barber
  • Creative Recovery Fund: Apply and/or Donate
  • Thank you Visions!
  • CAP Grantee Feature: Story House Ithaca
  • CAP Donor Feature: Werner Sun
  • SpringWrites Videos and Upcoming Workshops
  • June 4: Gallery Night!
  • See May Virtual Exhibits
  • June 5: First Saturday on the Art Trail
  • Calls for Artists
  • Local Artistic Offerings
Dear CAP Family
from Executive Director, Megan Barber
It feels so good to have things be opening up again! I keep telling everyone that the May Gallery Night - our first live gallery night since March 2020 - was the highlight of my year so far. To be surrounded by inspiring art and inspiring people was a balm for my soul. If you missed it, you can still see the Rejoice the Vote exhibit in our virtual gallery. (Find links below)

And we're so excited for Barbara Mink and Ivy Stevens-Gupta's show, "Transitions and Reflections: Abstract Art During a Pandemic", which you can see virtually and come see live in June! Plus our upcoming Spring Writes workshops.

Thanks to everyone who is creating and sharing art in the world. So much is happening this summer, and you can read about lots of exciting offerings in this month's ArtsLetter. 

Keep playing, writing, sculpting, painting, dancing!
Creative Recovery Fund
Apply and/or Donate!
You've seen our e-mails about our new Creative Recovery Fund!

Apply by June 25!
Donate by June 25!
All information is on our grants page

We thank the Community Foundation for seeding the fund with $10,000! We are now $4,000 away from our goal of being able to distribute $20,000 to local arts and cultural events that will make a difference in our community’s recovery in the focus areas of racial justice, public and mental health, economic recovery, and climate disaster. Thank you!
Click to donate to either the Creative Recovery Fund, CAP's Annual Fund or BOTH!!!! You'll be able to indicate your choice. THANK YOU!
Thank you Visions FCU!
This ArtsLetter is sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union. Visions wants to help your nonprofit succeed! Whether you are a large organization, a Girl Scouts troop, or even a book club – we’re here for you. Our Nonprofit Checking account has no minimum balance requirement, no transaction fees, and earns dividends, too. Stop by our office at 408 Elmira Rd and ask us about it!
Grantee Artist Feature
CAP SOS Grant & Story House Ithaca!
(by CAP Ithaca College intern, Isabella Gracia)

This is an edited version of the full article. Click here to read the full version!

Story House Ithaca is a new organization dedicated to fostering community in Ithaca and making a space for people to come together to make and share stories.
The organization hosts and organizes events of all sorts surrounding mediums of storytelling as varied as poetry, photography, and puppetry. Story House aims to bring together Ithacans of all interests and backgrounds and make a space for them to explore and celebrate the wonderful world of storytelling that this city offers.

Story House Ithaca received our “Specific Opportunity Stipend” (SOS) for its inaugural project, Pandemic Dreams: A Post-Covid Fantasy, a community-sourced video project and event with the theme of life after the pandemic. Organizers encouraged participants to “unquarantine their imaginations” and send in short videos for this event.

Story House Ithaca is grateful to CAP for making their first official event one to remember and opening the door for them to continue to put on great events for the community!

Art and Science meet
CAP Donor Feature - Werner Sun
(by CAP Board member Judith Pratt)

This is an edited version of the full article. Click here to read the full version! Werner has fascinating things to say about art!

Werner Sun is the IT Director at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education. He is also a well-known visual artist, and a wonderful CAP supporter.

Dr. Sun has a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. When talking about his art, however, he’s called just Werner. His work has been exhibited in Ithaca, Rochester, Brooklyn, and Cambridge MA, among other places, and most recently Aon’s offices at One Liberty Plaza in New York City.

He’s often asked what science and art have in common. To begin answering that difficult question, he quoted American conceptual artist Sol Lewitt: “Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.”
Werner gives to CAP because “It is a hub of arts information and programming, serving as an anchor of the local arts scene. CAP brings artists together, and it gives them new ways to connect with the public. This past year in particular, artists and arts organizations have been devastated by the pandemic, and I want to do everything I can to help.

After all, Dr. Sun concludes, “The arts enrich our community (and our sense of community) by giving them collective meaningful experiences that transcend the everyday.”

SpringWrites Literary Fest
Videos and Upcoming Workshops
Videos from the twenty-five May 5 to 16 events are now posted on the Spring Writes website!

Our wonderful Writing Workshops continue through November.

See videos and register for workshops at
6/3, Solo Performance Writing Workshop
6/10, Infusing Writing Practice with Intention
6/17, Activism is a Joke
6/24, A Zine-Making Workshop
CAP ArtSpace in June
Transitions and Reflections:
Abstract Art During a Pandemic
Local artists Barbara Mink and Ivy Stevens-Gupta reflect on staying energized and optimistic during this surreal time. This exhibit highlights paintings they created during COVID-19.

Live Exhibit - June 3 to 26
Gallery Night - Come visit! Friday, June 4, 5pm to 8pm
Virtual Exhibit - See it here
Virtual May Exhibits
Virtual Ceramics Tompkins 2021!

This exhibit features 23 local ceramic artists.
Virtual Exhibit - See it here
Democracy and the Arts:
Rejoice the Vote.

Rejoice the Vote, is a local organization that also works state wide. This exhibit features artwork from their art contest, which was created to engage artists and the public around voting rights and history. The majority of the pieces are by young people from Tompkins County and include drawings from Lehman Alternative School high school students.
Virtual Exhibit- See it here
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
June 5: Visit Artist Studios
Go have fun! Have great conversations and maybe buy some art!

Here's the PDF of the five open studios.

Local Artist Opportunities
Call for Entries for Ithaca Asian Amierican Film Festival
"Perspectives 360." Deadline is May 31st. Learn all about it here.

Southside Community Center is searching for Black artists to paint bike-themed murals their building & fence this summer. Proposal deadline: June 15.

Corners Gallery - Call for Entries
for Project Polaroid. Due June 19th.
Broomhilde, Inc. is seeking a creative and motivated artist to work part-full time for local broom and walking stick maker. Illustration and wood finishing skills helpful but not required. Contact Byron Miller
Local Artistic Offerings
Staying Connected Locally
The Cherry Arts
Don't miss Trap Door, The Cherry's headphone walking-play - end this weekend. And check out their summer camp, Art & Soul.

Civic Ensemble announces their 2021 Season
Civic Ensemble announces 2021 Season with five events open to the public between May - October. Next up is "Delia Divided," a new play by Judy K. Tate and the ReEntry Theatre Program

The History Center

CAP Artist in Community Grant recipient Elisa S. Keeler is hosting an Online Album Release & Song Celebration event, in which she'll lead a singalong experience, featuring several selections from her new album, Songs for the Circle. All who attend will view the Virtual Choir World Premiere of her newest choral piece "We Will Walk," featuring soloist SingTrece. Monday June 7th - 7:30pm
Reserve Your Spot Here:

Hangar Theatre summer season
Check out their summer season and their Next Generation Classes!

The Kitchen Theatre has a lot going on!

Walking on Water Productions
announces their summer season
Check out all of their videos, their latest book about being a profitable artist, and opportunities.

Tompkins County Public Library
There are always many virtual events happening at the library!

State of the Art Gallery
Check out their current exhibit at

Buffalo Street Books
Check their website for upcoming writer talks.

Explore their virtual cinema at

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
has all sorts of live events and performances!  
Your Support Makes Arts Happen!
Your support of our annual fund makes our work of strengthening the arts throughout Tompkins possible!

Learn about all we do on our website ( and please consider a donation!! If you would like to pay via check, see our address below. Donations are tax deductible and we'll follow up right away with a thank you/receipt!

THANK YOU!!! We love what we do and hope you do too!