CAP ArtsLetter - April 26

What's It All About?

  • Our new Creative Recovery Fund!, by E.D. Megan Barber
  • Read about CAP Grantee: The Latino Civic Association
  • CAP Donor Feature: Pamela Tan
  • May 5-16: Spring Writes Literary Festival!
  • May 1: Virtual Clay Exhibit and May 1 Artist Talk
  • May 1: First Saturday on the Art Trail
  • May 7: Rejoice the Vote Art Exhibit - Open on Gallery Night!
  • Local Artistic Offerings
Dear CAP Family
from Executive Director, Megan Barber
We are so excited to announce the launch of our Creative Recovery Fund grant program!

Right now we need to raise just $8,000 more to meet our goal of $20,000 to help artists and arts groups make a difference in our community’s recovery from the quadruple pandemics of COVID-19, economic recession, racism, and climate disaster. 

Starting in June, the Creative Recovery Fund will make grants to help Tompkins County artists and arts groups leverage their creative power, putting artists and arts groups to work rebuilding, reimagining, unifying, and healing our many communities.
Thanks to a generous contribution by the Community Foundation of Tompkins County’s Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund and gifts already coming in from our family of donors, we’re well on our way to meeting our goal. With just a little over $8,000 left to raise, we invite you to make a contribution now. 100% of contributions will go directly to artists and arts groups.

You know the power of the arts to touch hearts, expand minds, set visions, and heal wounds.
Make a contribution to the Creative Recovery Fund today at the Donate Button below, or visit 

Thank you for your commitment and support!
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!
Our ArtsLetter is sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union! Visions' Ithaca office is now open! Come visit us at 408 Elmira Rd and ask us about our $500 mortgage bonus – good through the end of May. We hope to see you soon!
Grantee Artist Feature
Latino Civic Association & ¡CULTURA Ithaca!
(by CAP Ithaca College intern, Adam Dee)

The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County (LCA) is a volunteer organization that unites the Latinx community of Tompkins County and provides a platform for cultural, social, educational, and civic expression. Members strive to strengthen Latinx identity and promote solidarity, cultural pride, and civic engagement.

The LCA has been receiving our “Grants for Art Programs” (GAP) grants for over a dozen year in order to fund their annual ¡CULTURA Ithaca! events.

Now More Than Ever, Art is Crucial
CAP Donor Feature - Pamela Tan
(by CAP Board member Judith Pratt)

Pamela Tan didn’t think she was an artist. She’s Deputy Director of Admissions at Cornell and has a degree in conservation biology.

Then, a few years ago, Tan received a Specific Opportunity Stipend (SOS) grant from CAP, to produce a film about local artist Alice Muhlback. She co-created it with Muhlback, by animating her drawings and collaborating on the story.* She produced it with her husband, filmmaker/writer Chris Holmes. Together, they are Little Whale Productions.

“I never would have considered myself an artist at all before that,” Tan said. “The grant gave me the confidence to try things I never would have attempted before, like creating radio features and acting in the One Minute Play Festival at the Kitchen Theatre.”

CAP also has a special place in her heart. “Part of the reason I love living in this area is that it’s truly a great place for all artists. My friends who are painters, writers, comedians, poets, filmmakers, puppeteers, songwriters, actors, dancers, and cartoonists have all be supported by CAP in some way, shape, or form. Ithaca and Tompkins County would not be the same without CAP.”

“Now maybe more than ever,” she concludes, “empathy, connection, and the openness to the lived experiences of others is crucial. Art plays a significant role in that."

SpringWrites Literary Fest
40 amazing free zoom events!
90 Local Writers
40 Events
All Free. All Zoom
May 5 to 16,
Workshops through Nov. for the full schedule and to register for zoom events.

There is truly something for everyone! Plenty of poetry, prose, and creative non-fiction readings, interesting and informative panel discussions on book craft, an open mic for poetry and prose sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library, multiple play readings by area playwrights, a fun session of Literary Jeopardy, a night of curated storytelling, screenings of community generated films, a “Black As…Trivia” competition, social justice themed events, the launch of a poetry club by the current Tompkins County Poet Laureate, a zine making workshop, “Writing for Latinx Writers,” readings by Ithaca College Writing Seniors, a cartooning workshop, and so much more!

Really - check it out!
CAP ArtSpace on May 1
Zoom Talk with Clay Artists
See Virtual Exhibit / Register for Artist Talk!
Virtual Clay Tompkins, a
juried group exhibit:
See it HERE

Artist Talk May 1, 6:30pm:
Join us on zoom. We'll look at the exhibit together and talk to some of the artists! We'll have fun!
Register HERE
CAP ArtSpace on May 7
Open on Gallery Night!
Rejoice the Vote! Virtual and Live
Democracy and the Arts:
Rejoice the Vote

Exhibit is hanging in the CAP ArtSpace. Come on Gallery Night, May 7th, 5pm to 7pm!

See Virtual Exhibit HERE

110 N. Tioga Street, on the Tioga Street arm of the Ithaca Commons. The building is also home to the Downtown Visitor Center and History Center.

Exhibit is up through May. Building hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Rejoice the Vote, is a local organization that also works state wide. As John Lewis taught us “The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.”

This exhibit features artwork from the Rejoice the Vote Art Contest, which was created to engage artists and the public around voting rights and history. Rejoice the Vote asked for original designs that inspired people, especially young people to vote, and highlight activists and heros (historical or contemporary) who fought or continue to fight for voting rights. like Representative John C. Lewis (1940-2020). The majority of the pieces are by young people from Tompkins County and include drawings from Lehman Alternative School high school students. "This exhibit couldn’t be more timely as we witness a resurgence of voter suppression laws in more than 40 states."

In addition the live exhibit will include the trophy to be awarded during the summer to the VOTINGESTCITY in New York State. It will be awarded to the city that achieved the highest percent of actual voters as a percentage of eligible voters.
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
May 1: Visit Artist Studios
Get in your car and visit some artists!
On the First Saturday of every month, artists on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail open their studios to you!

Here's the PDF the open studios.

Local Artist Opportunities
The Sciencenter has a new mural project.
Accepting applications through May 17.
Learn more here.

The Tompkins County Historical Commission
Call for Essays
The Historical Commission invites you to reflect on 2020 and what the year meant to you, brought to you, or took from you. Essays of up to 1,500 words (or up to five pages) will be welcomed and can be mailed, handwritten or typed, to the County Historian at 125 East Court Street, Ithaca New York 14850. They can be sent via e-mail to Those essays sent online will be acknowledged. Essays will be accepted until June 1, 2021, and each must be headed with the following sentence: I give the Tompkins County Historical Commission the right to place this essay in an archive or include for one-time use in a publication or public format. (Sign your name and give the date.)

The Vestal Museum and Vestal Public Library
Juried art show. Submission deadline May 28th, $10 fee.

Grant opportunity for Teaching Artists
This grant is a partnership between the NYSCA Arts Ed program and the NYC Arts in Ed Roundtable, that has evolved to respond to current needs in the statewide field. Teaching Artists will receive grants to create asynchronous learning resources – a series of 4-5 video mini-lessons, or any other non-live format, targeted to any age group. Teaching artists will receive much-needed income and sharpen their skills for today’s arts teaching landscape, and the resulting lessons will be available on the NYSCA and NYCAIER’s websites, free for anyone to use.

Exhibit at the Hilton
The downtown Hilton is looking for artists to exhibit in the summer months. "The summer months are busy ones for the hotel and it would truly provide artists with GREAT exposure not only within the community but to our summer travelers." If interested, e-mail Teri Tarshus, General Manager.

Huddle Together - Call for Stories
Gay Huddle has recently set up a facebook page called "Huddle Together." Gay has written almost 700 neighborhood good news columns for the Ithaca Journal before they discontinued her column. She was then overwhelmed with messages of support for continuing her writing. If you have a story to tell, contact her at "My goal is, and always has been, to share local stories about what is going on in Ithaca proper, and its surrounding communities. I look forward to this new adventure! Thank you!"

Print Club of Rochester - BIPOC residency
Application Deadline, May 4. The print club is awarding a 4-month long residency to one BIPOC artist within the Western NY/Finger Lakes area. This residency will take place at Flower City Arts Center, Rochester NY and is open to BIPOC printmakers 18 years of age and older. Read all about it at
Local Artistic Offerings
Staying Connected Locally
What are your favorite murals in Ithaca?
What types of murals would you like to see in Ithaca's future?
Click here to take the Ithaca Murals 2021 survey.
Have fun with it. Do it with your kids. Share it with friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Your answers will influence the future of Ithaca's public art. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
(Everyone who does it gets presents.)

Outdoor Pottery Sale
at Indian Creek Farm, Rt. 96, Ithaca. Handmade & Local!
Saturday, May 1, 10:30 am - 4:30, Cash or Checks Preferred
Masks and Social Distancing Required

Building Company Theatre and Karen Faris Present:
Surface Tension, a New Play: May 15, 2pm, Cayuga Museum Grounds, 203 Genesse Street, Auburn, NY. Free Admission, Donations Appreciated. All proceeds to to the Cayuga Museum of History and Art. for questions.

Civic Ensemble announces their 2021 Season
Civic Ensemble announces 2021 Season with five events open to the public between May - October.

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

Poet Laureate Interview
by Pamela Tan on WRFI with our new Tompkins County Poet Laureate, Dr. Christine Kitano. Listen here!

The Cherry Arts
The Cherry debuts a new headphone walking-play, Trap Door, in May. And check out their summer camp, Art & Soul.

Introducing Story House Ithaca!
Story House Ithaca is a new community group that brings people together to share, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms.
Check out all of their videos, their latest book about being a profitable artist, and opportunities.

Introducing Studio Playground!
Spring Classes! Calling all students in grades K-8 for theatre classes designed to get you laughing!

Ithaca City of Asylum
The sessions are free. Visit
Tuesday, May 18, 7pm: Minfong Ho and Kenneth A. McClane

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!

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