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New Deal Writing Contest Winner Announced

Shawn Luther
Shawn Luther

Livingston Arts held its first annual New Deal Writer’s Competition. The blind judging has concluded and the winners of our New Deal writing contest are:

Professional Chef Shawn Luther won first place with his short story, “Linnea”, the story of a lifelong friendship between a boy and girl in northern Maine during the Second World War. You can read his short story “Linnea”.

Polly Stapley won second place with “Nearer My God To Thee” and received a $100 cash prize.

Garrett Baumann won third place with “Northern Lights” and received a $50 cash prize.

Both are in Adobe PDF format. Download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat..

Final Outdoor Film at Zeppo’s Ice Cream August 28th

Join us on Sunday, August 28 at 8:15 pm at Zeppo’s in Mount Morris for the Livingston Arts Picture Show!

Come experience an outdoor movie-1930’s style! . Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy ice cream and refreshments from Zeppo’s. This week, come see Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s 40 Thieves, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe episode 3, feature film, My Man Godfrey (1936)

My Man Godfrey (1936)
My Man Godfrey (1936)

New Deal Writing Competition

Did you know that Livingston Arts has a writing competition?

That’s right! This writing competition is one of a kind where the writer (that’s you!) takes inspiration from one out our New Deal works of art and writes a short story about it.

You could even win a CASH prize and be published in our annual newsletter!

Visit the page for more info or look under the Artist tab and click New Deal Writing Competition.

Final Grant Seminar Scheduled

If you or your organization in Livingston or Monroe Counties are interested in grants to support your arts, cultural or heritage program, then join us Tuesday, August 30th, 430-6PM at the Little Theatre!

You must RSVP to Program Director Lin Callahan at or 585-243-6785. If you cannot attend, please email or call Lin to set up a one on one meeting!

The Dick Smith Young Artists Grant

The Dick Smith young Artists Grant program is for high school juniors and seniors who are serious about developing their artistic talents. Any junior or senior who resides in Livingston County is eligible to apply for up to $500 to pursue a special extra-curricular opportunity in his or her artistic discipline. A panel of artists and art teachers selects the awardees. Livingston Arts awards grants once a year for opportunities in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts (including film, video and computer art.)

The application deadline is the first Thursday in May 4 p.m..

Selection criteria are”

a.) artistic excellence of the student’s work,

b.) artistic excellence of the student’s work,

c.) student’s preparation in the discipline, and

d.) good academic standing. There are no need based awards.

Since June 1998, the arts council has awarded grants to young artists from tall over Livingston County. These grants have enabled them to take advantage of artistic opportunities at SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Fredonia, Eastman School of Music, Hochstein Music School, NEw York STate Summer School of the ARts, Writers & Books, Visual Studies Workshop, Alfred University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, RIT, Nazareth College, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.