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* Donate or Apply to our Creative Recovery Fund
* Join us at Monks on May 18th - Megan is guest bartender
* Grantee Feature: Josh Oxford, composer
* CAP ArtSpace Exhibit
* Watch the tape of our Celebration of the Arts!
* Spring Writes Literary Festival happening NOW
* Opportunities for Artists
* Local Arts Events
Dear CAP Family
Executive Director, Megan Barber
Dear CAP Family,

It was great to see so many of you at the Celebration of the Arts and at the Spring Writes Literary Festival. Thanks for all you do to keep the arts thriving! (scroll down to find the link to watch the tape of the Celebration!)
And speaking of our thriving community, we just launched our 2022 Creative Recovery Fund! Seeded with a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, the Creative Recovery Fund makes grants to community-focused arts projects that will make a difference in our community’s recovery in the focus areas of racial justice, public and mental health, and climate resiliency. The Fund is boosted by gifts from you, our family of donors. 

Go to our grants page (click here) for more information the CRF Grant and find the donation to make your contribution!
Join us - Wed, May 18
Monks on the Commons
Dine and/or drink at Monks on the Commons on Wednesday, May 18th, 5pm to 10pm and the "Monks Gives Back" program, will donate 50% of the food & beverage totals to CAP.

Megan Barber, CAP Executive Director,
will be guest bartending! 5pm to 7pm

Monks is located downtown in the Ithaca Marriott, corner of the Ithaca Commons and Aurora Street, and is your destination for sinful cocktails and soulful food. Invite your friends and head over for some food, drink, and fun! (and to watch Megan bartend!)

May CAP Grantee Feature
Josh Oxford
(written by I.C. intern Madeline Mecca)

Josh Oxford
is a composer and former musician, originally from Cortland, NY. Oxford, who received a recent CAP Strategic Opportunity Stipend (SOS) grant, plans to use the funding to finish recording an album of recordings of his arrangements for trumpet, horn, tuba, and trombone sonatas, as well as the Concerto for trumpet, bassoon, and strings. It will be released through PARMA records.
In 2010, Oxford experienced a near-fatal car crash, which left him with severe complications from an internal decapitation, a broken hip, and shattered humerus. As a result, his performing career was swiftly ended, and he dedicated himself to writing music.

Since then, he’s written numerous compositions, one of which—an arrangement of the Hindemith tuba sonata recorded by Aaron Tindall for his album This is My House—garnered international attention. “However, people were primarily interested in performing it as a backing track; it’d be like classical music karaoke. After years of refusing to release just the audio, I’ve finally relented”.

He cites the inspiration for his upcoming album as something deeply rooted in his life:

Back when I was in high school, I was obsessed with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. They used to reorchestrate and rearrange different kinds of classical music— from Bartok to Copland. Fast forward to when I was accompanying (probably at Cortland High School), I had to play the Hindemith trumpet sonata. I thought it would be cool with a drum beat behind it, so I arranged the first movement for my band The OXtet. Professor Frank Campos heard the arrangement and encouraged me to orchestrate the other two movements to perform on his recital. After the performance, the rest of the brass faculty asked me to arrange their Hindemith sonatas. I then sent the arrangements to Schott Publishing for permission to record but didn’t hear back affirmatively from them until after my life-changing car accident.”

Despite the setbacks, the project will still see the light of day, with great help from the SOS grant.

Oxford also recently received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. Of his next endeavors, he says, “It’s looking like academia will be the next step,” in addition to the music he’s writing for his band, The OXtet, and a saxophone dance suite for alto and ‘tape’— “a prerecorded audio track made in Logic.”

You can hear Oxford’s music and purchase his compositions on his website, joshoxford.com
In the CAP ArtSpace Gallery
May and June
May - June:
"Unfolding: A Timeline of Sexual Assault Activism in Tompkins County"

First Friday Gallery Night:
June 3, 5pm to 8pm

Featuring Clothesline Project artwork by local survivors of sexual and domestic / relationship abuse displayed alongside a timeline of victim/survivor support and prevention efforts in Tompkins County from the 1970's to the present day. In collaboration with the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County and The History Center in Tompkins County, and hosted in the Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace/Gallery.

Address: 110 N. Tioga Street, (on the Commons),
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Thanks to The Tompkins Trust Company for their annual sponsorship of our CAP ArtSpace!
Did you miss it? We taped it.
Our Annual Celebration of the Arts
Celebrating 30 Years!
If you missed our annual celebration and are sad about that, watch it on youtube here.

Along with recognition of all 2021 grant recipients, we heard from funded artists Sarah Gotowka and Inshik Lee (Creative Recovery Fund), Ann Reichlin (Arts Education Grant) and Baruch Whitehead from the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (multiple grants).
CAP was also delighted to honor two wonderful arts supporters.

We presented our inaugural Community Arts Catalyst Award to Dr. Nia Nunn for being a driving force to strengthen our community through the arts.
Our annual Friend of the Arts Award was awarded to Jamie Ferris of P.W. Wood & Son for his generous support of our mission to advance the Arts throughout Tompkins County.
14th annual Spring Writes
Literary Festival Happening now
40 live and zoom events!
You really have to take a look at the schedule. It's happening today and tomorrow and the next day and all the way to June 26!

100 writers, 40 free zoom & live events: panels, readings, workshops, performances, and more!

Please share with your book loving friends.

Artist/Arts Org Opportunities
Upcoming Opportunities
CAP Recovery Fund Grants for Tompkins County artists and not for profits. Due June 22, 2022

CRF grants provide up to $1,500 for community-focused arts and cultural projects 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. Applicants can be Tompkins County not for profit organizations, or individuals. Guidelines, Application and Budget form links on our grant page
The Cherry Arts has a new space - the Cherry Gallery!
and they have a Call for Submissions for an exhibit: Local Futurities.
Learn all about it at bit.ly/LocalFuturities. All selected artists will be compensated for their participation based on Wage for Work recommendations.

Handwork Is Hiring: Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative seeks Operations and Finance Manager. To learn more or to apply, contact Lauren at Handwork at handworkcoop@gmail.com.

Call for Window Art to BIPOC community
To BIPOC artists: If you would like to display and sell your artwork in Handwork's monthly window displays, e-mail Handworkmpc@gmail.com.

New York Foundation for the Arts invites applications for environmental arts projects. Learn more here
So Many Local Art Events
Tompkins County is artistically rich!
Our very own Spring Writes Literary Festival
20 more events through June 26. FREE workshops, panels, readings and fun stuff. Most on zoom, some live (and livestreamed). SpringWrites.org
State of the Art Gallery
hrough May 29. Main Gallery: Wings, Petals, and Leaves with Diana Ozolins, Margy Nelson and Carla DeMello. Salon: works by members.. soagithaca.org
Cherry ArtSpace
Next up: Pursuit is a a suite of new works and works-in-progress in a variety of media, mapping across time and across histories, with historical documents from the abolitionist & underground railroad movements in our area.
Pursuit: Exhibition | Cherry Gallery, Thu May 12-Sun May 29
Pursuit: Salon | Cherry Artspace, May 27 & 28 at 7:30

The Gallery At South Hill
Rachel Philipson's "Morning," through May 15.

Johnson Museum
Free and open to all! museum.cornell.edu
Corners Gallery
Psychic Geometry: New Panitings by Ellen Weider, April 19 to May 28
Friends of the Library Book Sale!
at 509 Esty St, Ithaca. NY 14850 May 7-9 & 14-16, May 21-24. Hours: 10am-8pm. visit www.booksale.org. 
The Ink Shop
Ithaca College and Cornell Printmakers, "I See You" through May 28. Reception: ink-shop.org
Mask Making Workshop
a six-week class at the ARQbarn in Mecklenberg.
Wednesdays, 6pm to 8pm, starts May 18.
Register Here

Trumansburg Conservatory
Many upcoming evens! tburgconservatory.org
Poetry and Prose Open Mic at The Downstairs
Friday, May 20th starting at 7pm at the Downstairs, below the Watershed at 121 W State Street in downtown Ithaca. NSong, show-and-tell, or some other kind of performance also welcome. Pre-register HERE
History Center in Tompkins County
Latest Exhibit: reCOUNT: Facing our Census. On display through March 2023 Thehistorycenter.net

Hangar Theatre
Visit their website to see their summer Mainstage Season! Hangartheatre.org.
Civic Ensemble
The ReEntry Theatre Program presents "Delia Divided". Hangar Theatre, through May 15. civicensemble.org
This is Ithaca
has released their latest music filled podcast. Bound for Glory, honoring 5 decades of Phil Shapiro's live show on WVBR. Listen here
Story House Ithaca
Currently featuring the series “Breaking Our Silence” which looks to the power of film, theater, dance, literature, music, and other forms of creative expression to help lift the shroud of secrecy around mental illness. storyhouseithaca.org

Buffalo Street Books
A Zine Making workshop for teens on May 14, A book launch by Haley Rylander on the 14th, and a group reading "Liminal" on the 15th (part of Springwrites.org!) https://www.buffalostreetbooks.com

Odyssey Bookstore
Check out their book clubs. for adults and teens. https://www.odysseybookstore.comdi

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Click here to watch their spring concert. https://www.dorothycottonjubileesingers.org

Ithaca Concert Band
Lots of upcoming summer concerts!!!
Elisa & the YesMen
"The Origin Of Song" May 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at the Ithaca Farmers Market. https://www.elisamusic.com/elisa-the-yesmen
Kitchen Theatre
Next Up: Hurricane Diane, June 8 - 26.

See what's playing at cinemapolis.org
Walking on Water Production
"Now. Here. This." a contemporary musical that follows the evolution of four friends as they journey through time...sharing stories of friendship, laughing, living, and middle school...in an attempt to experience life more fully in the present moment. July 21 - 31. walkingonwaterproductions.org/

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Music Series: Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.
Sunday May 15, 3pm. ccoithaca.org

State Theatre
May 18: Joe Jackson/ May 19: The Dead South - Served Cold Tour/ May 26: Tig Notaro. stateofithaca.org

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