A New Deal for the Arts an exhibit of 15 of Livingston Arts New Deal paintings runs from September 5-26 in the SUNY Geneseo Kinetic Gallery (located next to the College Union Ballroom).
Opening Reception: Friday September 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the gallery. It will include a talk from 3:30-4:30 p.m. by Executive Director Chris Norton. He will discuss the cultural and political contexts of the exhibit and the New Deal itself. There will also be free refreshments!
Apartment One, will be filled with the outdoors inside, featuring the work of Gilbert Jordan. He is a masterful painter who has been creating beautiful landscapes of Western New York for many years. He is a member of the All Weather Gang, a group of artists who paint plein air. Gil is a self taught watercolorist and has been painting for about 40 years. He shares this wisdom in his artist statement: “Qualities that tease every artist, challenge us to match the wonders of nature and display it for the general delight of others.”
This will be the final solo show in Apartment One for 2014.
Livingston Arts is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $5,000 Preservation Assistance grant from The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program to support the preservation of SUNY Geneseo Professor James Kimball’s recordings of traditional New York State musicians and music. Our project will address the initial stages of preparing Kimball’s recordings and related materials for digitization, including basic inventorying, stabilization and assessment. Funded by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. This year the Grant Program is distributing more than $200,000 among 15 recipients nationwide. A complete listing can be found at http://www.grammy.org/grammy-foundation/grants/2013-recipients.
The project represents an exciting partnership with SUNY Geneseo and Jim Kimball, whose 40+ years of research in traditional American music has resulted in a unique collection of field recordings, interviews, manuscripts, printed materials, and instruments. Many area residents have experienced this collection “live,” through Jim’s presentations for historical societies, schools and libraries, and through dances and concerts with the Geneseo String Band, which he founded at SUNY Geneseo in 1976. Jim’s collection reflects his expert scholarship that never forgets its connection to the fiddlers, singers, dancers and storytellers of our region.
Those connections have been further enhanced and expanded over the years through his work with hundreds of SUNY Geneseo students, community organizations, and professional activities at the state and national level. We are looking forward to working with Kimball and the College at Geneseo to ensure that this work continues to educate and enliven our community, and beyond, for many years to come. SUNY Geneseo is collaborating with Livingston Arts and will eventually house the Kimball collection in the Geneseo Global Music Center in McClellan House on Geneseo’s Main Street.
Check out this site for some fantastic pics on our GRAMMY Foundation Awards Music Preservation recipients!
A Message from Executive Director Chris Norton
Membership Drive 2014
* Have you seen a live performance in Livingston County this year?
* Have you been hoping for more artistic opportunities in your community?
And if so, are you a member of Livingston Arts?
Chances are good that an arts program you saw this year has received support from Livingston Arts. Arts and culture bring people into a community and through the doors of local businesses. Studies consistently show that each dollar spent on the arts brings at least five or six dollars back to the community. That’s a heck of a return on your investment!
In these continued times of economic difficulty, and with the vacuum created by the demise of the SUNY Geneseo art program, those who appreciate arts and culture must band together. Nowhere will you find a better example of people working together than in good old-fashioned Livingston County neighborliness.
We have so many volunteers that help us fulfill our mission. Along with their time people also give with their checkbooks. This is where we are placing our focus during our Spring membership drive.
Because we are a non-profit, membership donations are integral to the sustainability of our organization and the arts and cultural we make possible. Not everyone can help monetarily, but if you can- please considering increasing your membership amount. Encourage your friends to become members if they aren’t already. Ask the local businesses you frequent if they are members.
This Spring we have a goal this year of raising $11,000 in total membership dollars. This is an increase of $2,000 over last year. So we need your help!
Livingston Arts has provided support services and collaborated with artists, schools and non-profits in our communities for the last 40 years. We help create programs that promote better quality of life for everyone in Livingston County.
Membership benefits include: ArtSphere, discounts in the Good Deals Gift Shop and classes at Livingston Arts Center and ad space for business members. Not to mention continued art and culture in our communities. You know that when you give to Livingston Arts your contribution will come back to the community – many times over. Thank you for your support!
If you know someone who would like to support our mission, please encourage them to become a member!