So Much to Show and Tell You This Month!
  • from E.D. Megan Barber

  • Grantee: Walking on Water Productions
  • Donor: Odyssey Bookstore

  • Julia Bertussi, CAP ArtSpace
  • Free Writing Workshops
  • Greater Ithaca Art Trail October!

  • Creative Recovery Fund Recipients
  • Five Upcoming Grants!

  • Local Events
Dear CAP Family:
from Executive Director, Megan Barber
Dear CAP Family,

This is the time of year, as summer gives way to fall, that abundance is so visible. My parents are overrun with tomatoes, my husband is overrun with figs, my son is overrun with back-to-school energy. And at CAP we are reflecting on the abundance of financial resources we've been able to distribute throughout the arts community this year. 
When 2021 began we had no idea how things would go. But as the year progressed, abundance became more and more manifest. 
We are delighted to serve as the administrator for both the New York State Council on the Arts' Statewide Community Regrant program and the Tompkins County Tourism Department's Arts and Culture Organizational Development grants, and both of these institutions were able to channel additional funds this year to our local artists and arts groups. Donors and business sponsors and our local community foundation stepped right up. Now all these seeds that have been planted and cared for are bearing fruit with a cornucopia of arts offerings this fall.
We hope you will partake, create, and enjoy the bounty of the season!
Thank you Visions FCU
Our ArtsLetter sponsor
Back to school season is upon us, and Visions Federal Credit Union wants to help educators succeed. That’s why they started their Visions Loves Educators program. It offers exclusive bonuses to educators, access to free financial wellness presentations for personal and classroom use, and even a classroom funding component. Educators can apply for full funding – up to $250 – toward projects not covered by the school’s budget. Stop by your local office or visit for more information.
Grantee Feature
Walking on Water Productions, Priscilla Hummel
(by CAP intern, Isabella Grassia)

This is a shortened version of the full article - find the full version on our wesite here.

Walking on Water Productions (WoW) is a local not-for-profit musical theatre company. Priscilla Hummel, (pic below), Founder and Producing Artistic Director spoke to our summer intern, Isabella Grassia, about 2021 and exciting plans for 2022.

Pandemic Challenges: Like many other theatre companies, WoW had to turn to the unfamiliar medium of virtual theatre at the beginning of the pandemic with a virtual cabaret performance.
WoW’s second production "Comfort Food" written by Rachel Lampert and Larry Pressgrove, was imagined as a kind of movie musical. A CAP SOS Grant helped with production costs.

As the restrictions lifted, WoW, (also like many other theatre companies), set their sites on outdoor performances. "A Year with Frog and Toad" took place at the CRS Barn Studio this past June with financial support from a CAP GAP grant.

More Family Friendly Productions: Priscilla told us: We wanted to more actively seek out a production that would cross more generational lines. Frog and Toad really came to the surface because it had the potential to cater to kids who are young readers, and there are a lot of adults who would recognize those books from when they were kids.”
As things open up more, WoW is hoping to have a healthy mix of productions for adults and children. Also in the works is a plan to expand their education programming outreach with middle and high school students. From assisting schools with their drama programs to writing and acting workshops, WoW hopes to help foster a passion for theatre in students.

NEW: WoW's NoW (New Original Work) Program: A new 2022 program is in the works! WoW plans to shine the spotlight on new musicals which haven’t been put on stage before.

Audiences Vote! New musicals will be submitted for consideration. A panel of diverse theatre artists will narrow it down to a selection of three, which WoW will produce as staged readings. Audiences will have the opportunity to vote on which piece they’d like to see as a full production and the winning musical will be produced by WoW as a world premiere the following season.

For information on Walking on Water Productions and to get the first update on their upcoming shows, visit their website, or follow them on FaceBook or Instagram.
Donor Feature
Odyssey Bookstore, Laura Larson
(by CAP Board member Judith Pratt)

Laura Larson (left) returned home to Ithaca and opened a bookstore. She calls it the Odyssey Bookstore, in honor of Ithaca’s place in Homer’s Odyssey. You may have read the many articles written about the Odyssey Bookstore when it opened in June of 2020. Or perhaps you browsed books there, in that interesting stone building at 115 Green Street.
I have always loved bookstores and libraries,” Larson says. “Corner Bookstore was a childhood favorite. I had dreamed of one day returning to Ithaca and opening a bookstore of my own. Some changes in life about four years ago opened that door for me—and I decided to take the plunge.”
Along with that plunge, Larson has supported CAP by becoming a Spring Writes Sponsor.I was very excited about supporting the Spring Writes Literary Festival. I love that it celebrates local authors and brings the community together around storytelling. I think that a thriving literate community requires a variety of ways in which people interact with stories, storytelling, and books.”

Read the full article here.
Current ArtSpace Exhibit
"Finding Wholeness in Imperfection,"
paintings by Ithaca College Dept. of Art Senior, Julia Bertussi.

Live Exhibit: at the CAP ArtSpace through September
Hours: Tues - Sat, 10-5
See more at: CAP exhibits
Virtual Exhibit: See Julia's exhibit virtually Here.
A Bunch of (Zoom) Free Spring Writes Writing 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)

Sept. 9, 6:30pm: Escape a Room of One's Own: A Writing Adventure, with Lizzie Frank
Sept. 22, 6:30pm: A Playwright's Approach to Dialogue for Novels, with Judith Pratt

Sept. 23, 6:30pm: A Demystification of Songwriting with Jennie Lowe Stearns, Mary Lorson, Johnny Dowd
Sept. 28, 6:30pm: Try Your Hand at Cartooning, with Pedro X. Molina

Sept. 30, 6:30pm: Writing for the Latinx Community, with Raul Palma
Oct. 28, 6:30pm: Activsm is a Joke, Yael Saar

Nov. 11, 6:30pm: A New Mourning - Growing Through Grief, with Regi Carpenter
Save the Dates!
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
October 7-17
It's time for our annual
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Open Studios and Virtual Events!
Stay tuned for full details about:

Zoom workshops, panels and virtual studio tours on Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:30pm: October 7, 8 and October 14, 15.

Open Studios on two weekends: October 9,10 and October 16, 17,
Find the Art Trail map and learn all about the 50 artists on the trail!

You'll find that we have amazingly talented artists locally that you can meet and visit, virtually or live.

We will post the specifics about the events by September 20th!
Announcing CAP Creative Recovery Grant Awardees!
Thanks to Community Foundation & Local Donors
The Community Arts Partnership's Creative Recovery Fund recently awarded funds to 12 local organizations for projects that will make a difference in our community’s recovery in one or more of the focus areas of racial justice, public and mental health, and economic recovery. The grants aim to help Tompkins County leverage our creative power, putting creative workers to work rebuilding, reimagining, unifying, and healing our communities.

The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, and local donors and groups (including the Ithaca College Esports club) joined in adding to the fund.

(above: Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers)
CAP Executive Director, Megan Barber, shares, “We are so excited about the quality of artistry, community participation and impact among this group of grantees.100% of the grant awards made through this fund specifically address racial equity by funding: artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color; projects that support the creative expression of Black and Indigenous people and people of color; and projects that address racial justice as their focus area.”
(Image: Village at Ithaca's "Say Their Names Rock Garden" at Ithaca Children's Garden.)
Adds Janet Cotraccia, Chief Impact Officer for the Community Foundation,We are thrilled to support the important work of local artists and their rich engagement of our many, diverse communities. Their work both informs our community conversations and takes us beyond, into a space of deeper understanding, empathy and shared experience. We commend the Community Arts Partnership for their collaboration and for creating more opportunities for artist to focus on racial equity.
To see longer descriptions for each funded project, visit our grant awardee list Here

The Cherry Arts: "An Odyssey," play workshops

Civic Ensemble: Re-entry Theatre's "Delia Divided," fully staged production (cast above)
Civic Ensemble & Village at Ithaca: Summer Teen Theatre Program

Clockmaker Arts: "In Case You Forgot," musical theater

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers: Music Commission for Performance
Greater Ithaca Activities Center: MLK, Jr. Breakfast Artist Presentations, and Black History Month Talent Show performers.
Sarah Gotowka and Youth Farm: "Fermentation and Appropriation" illustrated and distributed booklet

No Mas Lagrimas: Youth art workshops

Peaches Gillette: "We Will No Longer Hide," writing workshops

Story House Ithaca: "Lifting the Cloud," storytelling events
Village at Ithaca: "Say Their Names" rock garden at Ithaca Children's Garden
CAP has five upcoming grants!
for artist and not for profits
For Tompkins County Artists, Arts Organizations, or not-for-profits. visit our grant page

A privately funded grant for artists and arts organizations to take advantage of strategic opportunities. For November 2021 to July 2022 projects.
Due October 4

Due: September 27

Funds are from NYSCA. For not-for-profits and individual/small groups applying under a not for profit sponsor) for 2022 performances or projects open to the general local public. (live or zoom)
Due December 6

Funds are from NYSCA. For individual artists creating new work in 2022 and sharing that work with a community in a significant way. (live or zoom)
Due December 13

Funds are from NYSCA. For artists or cultural organizations. Teaching artists work in the schools or after school programs in 2022, teaching sequential art instruction that aligns with non-arts learning.
Due December 20
Local Artistic Offerings
Stay Connected Locally
Hangar Theatre
There's Fall events at the

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

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.

Kitchen Theatre
Next up: “A Boy and His Soul,” Sept. 14 to October 3. And see the rest of their season at

Story House Ithaca
has a number of upcoming events listed through October.

Civic Ensemble
"Steppin; Into My Shoes,," a play for the radio, by the ReEntry Theatre! Hear it on WRFI on September 11, 18, 25.

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 "String Classics" on September 26th at the Unitarian Church.

History Center in Tompkins County
Don't miss their exhibit Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods and an upcoming corn husk doll workshop on Sept. 18.

The big screen is back!

State Theatre
"Almost Queen" on Sept. 17 and David Sedaris on Sept. 25.

Downtown Concert Series
Catch the last concert of the season - Gunpoets on Sept. 9, 6-8pm at the Bernie Milton pavilion.

Gallery Night Ithaca - galleries are open!

Community School of music and Arts
in person classes are back!

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

State of the Art Gallery
"Life Within and Around Us" features the work of 18 artists showing photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptur

Buffalo Street Books
Check their website for upcoming writer talks.

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