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If you or your organization in Livingston and Monroe Counties are interested in grants to support your arts, cultural or heritage program, than join us for one of these fabulous seminars! You must RSVP to Betsy for the seminar you would like to attend at

Monroe County applicants, new OR previous must attend one seminar. Livingston County applicants must attend one seminar if they are new to the application process. If you cannot make one of these dates or times, please email Betsy to set up a one on one meeting!

Monroe County

Thursday, June 25th, 6:30pm-8pm – Village of Spencerport Office

Saturday, July 18th, 11am-12:30pm– Mill Art Center, Honeoye Falls

Thursday, July 23rd, 6:30pm-8pm, Henrietta Public Library

Saturday, August 1st, 11am – 12:30pm – Penfield Public Library

Livingston County

Saturday, June 20th, 10am – 11:30am – Town of Ossian Town Hall

Thursday, July 30th, 6:30pm – 8pm – Wadsworth Library

Thursday, August 6, 6:30pm- 8pm – Livonia Inn

Saturday, August 22nd, 11am-3pm – Livingston Arts Center

Grants are DUE:

First Thursday in September for Livingston County Applicants

First Thursday in October for Monroe County Applicants

Please feel free to call or email Betsy with any questions or concerns! or 243-6785

June 20th:The Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s #1 State Park. An author’s talk and book signing by Tom Cook.

Livingston Arts will continue our popular guest speaker program at the end of the month. As part of New York’s Paths Through History Weekend you can experience Paths Through Letchworth: The Civilian Conservation Corps in America’s #1 State Park. An author’s talk and book signing by Tom Cook, author of The Civilian Conservation Corps in Letchworth State Park.  It will be held in the New Deal Gallery Saturday June 20th at 1pm. It is free and open to the public.

The Civilian Conservation Corps, or C.C.C. as it was commonly known, was created by President Roosevelt to give jobs to young men (and W.W I vets who supervised them) during the Great Depression. They were paid $30 per month and $25 of it was sent to their families. It was part of FDR’s massive public employment program that put money into the hands of the people who would spend it. This form of “trickle-up” economics helped ease the Great Depression as the increased purchasing power helped soak up the overproduction of the 1920s. Across the country, the Civilian Conservation Corps educated & employed 3 million poor young men in forestry. They built 3,470 fire towers, 65,100 miles of telephone line, 97,000 miles of roads, planted 1.3 billion trees, spent 4 million man-hrs. fighting fires, taught 80,000 to read and gave out 25,000 diplomas.

A life-long resident, Tom Cook has written several books on area history including three about Letchworth State Park. Tom was also a beloved social studies teacher at Keshequa Central School who retired a few years ago. His father was one of those young men who worked for the CCC. As Tom pointed out in a recent Genesee Country Express article, “You can’t really appreciate Letchworth Park unless you know its history”. More than 3,000 young men between the ages of 18 and 24 manned several CCC camps in Letchworth Park. They landscaped and planted trees. They built trails, stone walls, stone tables, buildings, cabins and the lower falls bridge. As Tom also mentioned in the same Genesee Country Express article, “Everything was purchased from local stores. Local companies that were suffering could count on about $5,000 a month form the CCC. It was pumping money back into the economy.” For more information visit Tom Cook’s website at Plus, on Paths Through History Weekend, come to a fascinating, informative presentation (and get your book signed!) by one of our counties premier local historians in the historic New Deal Gallery.

Grant Seminar!

It’s that time of year again: GRANT TIME! If you are a non-profit, registered charity, church, municipality, library or individual artist then you are eligible for a grant through the Decentralization program of the New York State Council on the Arts. These grants are programmatically based for funds for the 2016 calendar year for arts. cultural and heritage projects.

The FIRST SEMINAR of the summer will be held Thursday, June 18th from 4:30 – 6pm at The Little Theatre – 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

If you are a first time applicant for in Livingston County you are required to attend one seminar.

If you are a Monroe County applicant, even if you have applied before, everyone interested, both repeat and first time applicants, must attend one seminar. If you do not, you may be ineligible to apply for funding.

Also, you must RSVP to for the seminar you would like to attend. Attendance is strongly suggested for all applicants as there is a new submission process via online only. This will be discussed at each seminar.

There will be many more seminars, so check back for the rest of the schedule!


MAY 30: An Afternoon of Musical Favorites

On Saturday May 30, The Livingston Arts Center will be holding a benefit concert in support of Livingston County’s own Tim McGowan’s attendance at two elite Breve Opera summer programs. “As an aspiring young opera singer there are great benefits with programs. I’ll be able to work in master classes with professional artists. I will also have both stage and dramatic coaching and private lessons,” said McGowan. A Dansville native and currently a vocal performance major at Houghton College, McGowan has been accepted into highly coveted summer programs in Witcha Falls, Texas and Steam Boat Springs, Colorado. The cost for these programs is over $1,500 each, in support of McGowan, Livingston Arts is proud to hosting “An Afternoon of Musical Favorites,” with songs performed by McGowan and others students Houghton College. Musical selections will include songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz, and some entertaining opera classics.

The event will take place on May 30, at 1 pm on the Arts Center’s west porch. Some folding chairs may be provided but attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Admission is a suggested donation of at least $10 per person. All money goes towards Tim’s Breve attendance.

“It’s a good feeling no matter where you go in life to know that you have a strong community backing you,” said McGowan. “Any kind of support would mean the world to me.”


Tim McGowan
Tim McGowan

Friday May 8: Two great galleries, one great night!

Ted Wetherbee: “As I See It”

On Friday, May 8th, Livingston Arts Center will be unveiling two new exhibitions with a reception to follow. The Arts Center will be holding the first regional artist in Apartment One. Ted Wetherbee will be hosting a solo show titled As I See It. Ted’s large format paintings are a wonderful exploration into the human form and also the way the artist views the world around him. You can meet the artist on Friday, May 8th as he will be present at the reception and able to answer any questions and to discuss his work.

New Deal Gallery: Changing Landscape: Architecture in American Scene Painting in the 1930s.

The New Deal Gallery at Livingston Arts Center’s new show will be Changing Landscape: Architecture in American Scene Painting in the 1930s. This exhibit will be a compilation of WPA paintings showing how artists involved in 1930s American Scene painting depicted their surroundings, including the architecture in landscapes. From this sample of our over 200 piece collection, the viewer will be able to see that although these paintings were created at around the same time, there are certainly changes in technique, style and the depiction of architecture within a changing landscape.

American Scene painting is an over arching term that includes both the more rural art movement, Regionalism and the urban art movement, Social Realism. Both movements were reactions to the ever-popular modern European style and focused largely on every day life. The most apparent difference between the two was the political fervor Social realism took on and depicted in their art. Changing Landscape: Architecture in American Scene Painting in the 1930s will give the viewer the opportunity to see both as our collection is wide ranging in both style and subject.

Please join us for good conversation, light fare, local New York State wine and most importantly, art on Friday, May 8th from 5-7pm at Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris New York 14510. We are up Grove Street off of Main Street in Mount Morris. Once you are on campus the arts center building is next to the Office for the Aging and Cornell Cooperative Extension. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the arts center at 243-6785 or by emailing