NYSCA in the News

Theatrical comedy and tragedy masks, isolated on black.From Steampunk Shakespeare on Staten Island to local musicians in St. Lawrence County and summer theater for kids at the Oneida Public Library, NYSCA grantees are showing their creativity all over the state. Here are some recent stories featuring their projects:

Shakespeare meets steampunk hippies in High Rock Park ‘Dream’ production


In the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” audiences can expect a “raucous hippy carnival, sprinkled with steampunk sensibilities and Hula-Hooping fairies.” The play runs June 18-26 in the Greenbelt Conservatory and features local musicians alongside classically trained actors. This production was one of the awardees of a New York State Council on the Arts Encore Grant from Staten Island Arts.

Arturo O’Farrill Quartet, the First of Five Star-Studded Jazz at the Maverick Events, is July 2


“Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, celebrates the start of its second century of Music in the Woods this year. The Arturo O’Farrill Quartet kicks off the Jazz at the Maverick series this season with two Saturday performances – a Young People’s Concert in the morning and an evening concert – for his debut at the Maverick.” The concerts take place July 2 in Woodstock. This event is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts

River To River Festival in downtown New York City


“Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents the 15th annual River To River Festival, Downtown NYC’s completely free summer arts festival, June 16-26. The 2016 edition presents a diverse collection of dance, music, theater and visual art by both renowned and breakout artists from NYC and beyond. The festival seeks to provide world-class, free summer entertainment and to inspire residents, workers and visitors in the neighborhoods south of Chambers Street by connecting them to the creative process, unique places and each other.” NYSCA supports the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through the Presenting and State & Local Partnership programs.

OPL’s Summer Reading Program warms up with June registration


The Oneida Public Library is now inviting registration for free summer programs for children ages 6-14. One of these programs, the mid-July OPL Children’s Summer Theater workshop allows young actors to practice improvisational skills, and is supported with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by CNY Arts.

People, puppets join for Bristol Valley Theater opener “Avenue Q”


Bristol Valley Theater, a NYSCA-supported company in Naples, will begin its season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q,” by Robert Lopez of “Frozen,” Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty. The show features a company of irreverent puppets and live actors and runs June 16-26. The season also includes “Shooting Star,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “The Foreigner,” “The Cookie Fight,” and “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.”

Town of Colton announces summer music series — Colton Riverside Performances


“Musicians from communities along the Racquette River will be showcased during the Colton Riverside Performances organized by the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee in cooperation with the Colton Historical Society and others…Throughout the summer, organizers will raise funds by raffling barn quilts painted with the help of art club students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School. All six of the quilts are on display in the Colton Hepburn Library until raffled during a performance.” This project is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

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