CAP ArtsLetter - March 25
  • Dear CAP Family, Megan Barber
  • CAP was Chamber Member of the Week!
  • Video of CAP's Celebration of the Arts
  • 16 Arts Organizations Receive $185,000!
  • Read about Kenneth McLaurin - Latest Grantee Feature
  • CAP Events
  • CAP Artist Opportunities
  • Artist Opportunities
  • Local Artistic Offerings
Dear CAP Family
from Executive Director, Megan Barber
Spring is a time for renewal and regeneration, and this year I feel that more strongly than ever. As I walk around town, I see crocuses and snowdrops, robins and bluebirds. And the arts community is buzzing with new growth as well.

Arts organizations around the county are preparing to open for live performances. Cinemapolis has opened for small group movie parties, the Hangar Theatre is gearing up for a fully outdoor summer season, and the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants and New York State's Excelsior Pass promise to keep our cultural institutions in our lives for this season and the years to come.

CAP is getting ready to launch a new Creative Recovery Fund, seeded with support from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. The fund will provide financial support to artists and art groups engaged in the recovery. We'll be sharing more details soon about how you can add your support to this fund!

And we're so happy to welcome two new business sponsors to the CAP family: STREAM Collaborative, who is sponsoring the Greater Ithaca Art Trail; and Visions Federal Credit Union, who will be sponsoring this newsletter! We are grateful for their support and the support of all our business partners.

With best wishes for a renewing Spring,
CAP - Chamber Member of the Week!
Watch the video
In early March, the Community Arts Partnership was the Tompkins County Chamber's Member of the Week!
Click the image at left to watch the interview with CAP Executive Director, Megan Barber.
CAP's Annual Celebration of the Arts
Watch the video
If you missed our lovely February Celebration of the Arts Event, you can watch it here.
16 Local Arts & Culture Organizations Awarded County Grants
administered by CAP
At its March 3 meeting, the Tompkins County Legislature voted to approve more than $185,000 in Arts and Culture Organizational Development (ACOD) grant funding for 16 local arts and cultural organizations:

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Cinemapolis, Community School of Music and Arts, Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Hangar Theatre, Ithaca Children's Garden, Ithaca Shakespeare Company, Kitchen Theatre Company, Opera Ithaca, Paleontological Research Institution, Running to Places Theatre Company, Sciencenter, State Theatre of Ithaca, The Cherry Arts, The History Center in Tompkins County, and the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.

CAP is proud to administer the ACOD grant program. Says Megan Barber, CAP's Executive Director: “We are so grateful that the County is able to provide this critical funding, even during this pandemic year. It truly is a testament to a the centrality of the arts to our flourishing community. We are all so fortunate to have so many innovative and inspiring arts and culture organizations right here in our area.

Read the full article at news page!
Grantee Artist Feature
Kenneth McLaurin's many projects!
(by CAP Ithaca College intern, Adam Dee)

Kenneth McLaurin is a stand-up comedian, storyteller, screenwriter, actor, poet, producing and performing artist who has been awarded several of CAP’s grants over the past year.

He calls himself “The Funniest Person You’ve Never Heard Of,” but his recent projects and productions, as well as being named Ithaca’s Best Comedian, have seen him gaining more well-deserved attention.

In such a politically driven world, Kenneth sees comedy as both a way to escape the turmoil around us as dissect the issues: “Some people like to use comedy to get away from the mundane things in their life, but other people, they like humor as a way to engage and critique politics. Satire is humor and it’s critical. They say, historically, the court jester was the one that could really say the things that other people couldn’t.

The Arts are Contagious
CAP Donor Feature - Tom Bohn
(by CAP Board member Judith Pratt)

Tom Bohn served on the CAP board for six years, ending as president. He believes in the importance of the arts, and the need to serve his community. “The arts elevate, illuminate, and celebrate,” he said. “They elevate discourse and illuminate ideas. Arts are a celebration.”

What a wonderful way to describe the arts, I said. May I steal this? “Sure,” he responded. “I spent years writing good copy!”

For 23 years, he served as Dean of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. After retiring, he volunteered at the college, and for Challenge Industries. “Then Brett Bossard, who was then the executive director at CAP and had been a student at the Park School, asked me to be on the board,” he said. “It was a good board to be on!”

Read the full article at news page!
CAP Events
Yen Ospina's "Warmth and Hues"
March CAP ArtSpace Virtual Exhibit

This exhibit highlights the the work of local artist Yen Ospina, a Queer Colombian-American self-taught artist, illustrator and muralist. Her work depicts her own interpretation of folk and art nouveau.

Check out this wonderful virtual exhibit here. (Arthur Whitman wrote a great article about this exhibit for the Ithaca Times!)
Coming Soon!
Portraits and Illustrations
by Emily Sanders Hopkins
April CAP ArtSpace Virtual Exhibit

Emily Sanders Hopkins is a writer, editor, and artist who writes and illustrates a popular weekly advice column newsletter called Emily Writes Back. Her cartoons have appeared in the New Yorker magazine and elsewhere, and her essay “Exotic” is included in the New York Times 2020 Notable Book Pretty Bitches, edited by Lizzie Skurnick.

The link to this exhibit will be posted on our website soon!
First Saturday on the Art Trail
April 3, 11am to 4pm

6 artist studios are open! Here's the PDF of the open studios. Visit to learn more about all 40 artists! Open: Barbara Mink, Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Robert Roemisch, Brian Keeler, and Eva Capobianco.
Free Writing Workshop
April 15th, 6:30pm on Zoom

Un-still and Un-present:
Un-restricting the Universe Within
Peaches Gillette opens a warm, embracing writing space that welcomes every emotion and every experience from any point in your life. In this guided writing workshop, you are encouraged to "not be present, to "not be still," but to take off to places past, present or imagined, that are meaningful to you.
Full description and required registration at the events page at
CAP Artist Opportunities
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Call for Artists - All discplines
More inclusive, more affordable, more virtual! You don't have to have a studio and any discipline (performing artists, writers - are welcome!) Fee trades available - check it out!
Applications due: April 5th
Call for Ceramic Artists!
Please submit an application to be part of CAP's "Virtual Clay Tompkins 2021" exhibit in May. No fee, no commissions taken. Download the information here!
Applications Due: April 2nd
Local Artist Opportunities
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.)

Dryden Mural - Call for Artists
A community project funded with private donations ‘Art in Dryden’ is hosting an artist's competition to design a mural of the wings of a local bird or butterfly for display on an outside wall at the Dryden Hotel.
$3,000 prize for the Best Design!

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
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

Buffalo Street Books Message to Authors
BSB says "Did you know that your website and social media outreach can be locally beneficial? You can link to your books on our website for ordering and pre-ordering, so your readers will support you and your local indie when they buy your books. AND we'd love to hear from you if you have an idea for a virtual event. Happy reading!"
Local Artistic Offerings
Staying Connected Locally
Kenneth McLaurin presents:
Intro to Comedy Writing and Performance - Workshop Series
7 weeks from March 28th to May 2nd, seven classes with a show on the 23rd of May. Learn more and register here.

Buffalo Street Books
Ithaca's independent and cooperative bookstore, has many ways to shop and get books! Open Tues - Saturdays for in-store browsing; their inventory can be browsed at They have contactless pickup, and deliveries!

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

Hangar Theatre
Check out their events

Kitchen Theatre's
upcoming events

The Cherry Arts
The Cherry debuts a new headphone walking-play, Trap Door, in May.

Ithaca Opera
Watch the finals concert of their Virtual Voice Competition. It's on their home page at Join them on Sunday, March 28 at 4:30 for the Announcement of the Winners.

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, April 13, 7pm: Valzhyna Mort and Raul Palma
Tuesday, May 18, 7pm: Minfong Ho and Kenneth A. McClane

Black Lives Matter at School Mural Project
This is a long-term, Ithaca City School district-wide project that celebrates Black joy, excellence, and culture through creative expressions! Work submitted will be assembled into an interactive mural on public display for the community to visit.
Visit this page for more information.

Masters of Movement as told by we, us, them
The 4th performance of this amazing virtual performance series is on March 26 and 27. "Billie Alexandria presenting Billie Holiday" The series is conceived and choreographed by Megan Nicole and Kathy Lucas. Register at

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
The orchestra has live and/or livestreamed performances!

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! DONATE HERE!

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