Four St. Lawrence County Arts Organizations Receive State Grants for Capital Projects | arts and entertainment

NORWOOD — Four arts organizations in St. Lawrence County have received grants from the Capital Project Fund through the New York State Council on the Arts.

Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul said Thursday that $20 million has been awarded statewide for 116 capital project grants.

Recipients include the Norwood Village Green Concert Series, which received $10,000 for safety and accessibility improvements; the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, which received $70,000 for equipment upgrades to the community arts center; the North Country Children’s Museum, which received $70,000 to replace the roof of the museum’s second floor expansion; and Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, which received $110,000 for safety, efficiency and accessibility.

Norwood Village Green Concert Series co-founder Joseph M. Liotta said the funding will help the nonprofit in its effort to build a ramp to the side door of the Liotta Band Shell on the Norwood Village Green, and will also include the installation of front railings. three steps.

He said the full project could have a final cost of $60,000, but there are variables that could significantly lower the figure.

Other finances include a pending grant of $20,000 from another source and expected in-kind services from the village estimated at $10,000. The series, through its dedicated pass-the-bucket program, will fund the remaining expenses.

Mr. Liotta said that over the past 49 years, the Norwood Village Green Concert has raised 95% of the funds needed to build, expand and maintain the band’s structure. He said former and current administrators and mayors have been supportive and, where necessary, involved in the effort from the start.

“From the beginning in 1974, it was understood that this was a joint effort,” he said. “The band shell is owned by the Village of Norwood, and the series and the village have entered into a long-term lease agreement so that the facility will be available for the concert series for 10 years with an automatic 10-year renewal. . The rental agreement was a requirement for the NYSCA grant application.

Architect Brooks A. Washburn provided the architectural drawings, while three local construction companies provided cost scenarios – Fiacco and Riley, TJ Fiacco Construction and Painting ETC, owned by Leslie G. Baker.

“Along with the rental contract, these scenarios were also required for the grant application and were obtained within a tight and hectic deadline last December and January. The series administration is grateful for the above assistance with the success of this grant application,” Mr. Liotta said.

In announcing the grant funding, Governor Hochul said the Capital Projects program is creating “safer, healthier, and more accessible spaces throughout New York State.”

“From our vibrant cultural anchors to famous historic sites, our arts and culture spaces represent New York’s ingenuity and preserve our state’s rich history and character,” the governor said. “Congratulations to all of the grantees embarking on these transformative projects that will demonstrate that the arts are both back and thriving.”

In this cycle, NYSCA has prioritized small and medium-sized businesses as well as new capital project applicants. In addition to the 70 awards ranging from $50,000 to $1 million, NYSCA provided additional support for capital projects through its local funding, awarding 46 organizations with $10,000 grants for equipment upgrades. and improving facilities. All $10,000 grants support organizations with operating budgets under $1 million, bringing the total number of capital grants to 116. The majority of grants in the $50,000 category under $1 million dollars will support organizations outside of New York City.

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