Photos: NYSCA celebrates the Erie Canal Bicentennial

Mariah Maloney Dance and folk revivalists the Golden Eagle String Band join the Albany Symphony Orchestra for Water Music New York

We were thrilled to join our grantees last weekend to enjoy spectacular arts programs in celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial! Through NYSCA’s REDC initiative, New York State arts organizations are eligible to receive funding for projects that honor our historic waterways. A list of 2017 NYSCA-supported Bicentennial projects is available¬†on our blog, including initiatives of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Corning Museum of Glass, both shown here.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Water Music New York tour from Albany to Lockport along the Erie Canal featured a week of free waterfront performances, including newly commissioned works celebrating the unique history and heritage of 7 canal communities. We stopped by Brockport to hear the ASO in collaboration with folk revivalists the Golden Eagle String Band and Mariah Maloney Dance. Congratulations to all on a seamless performance!

The Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge, a mobile hot shop offering glassblowing demonstrations along the Canal, drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Seneca Falls Canal Fest. We look forward to seeing more GlassBarge at the World Canals Conference in Syracuse in September!

Feeling inspired? NYSCA is now accepting applicants for 2018 projects. For more information, click here.

NYSCA Council Member Rita Paniagua and Executive Director Mara Manus visit the GlassBarge at the Seneca Falls Canal Fest.

Listening to the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Water Music New York in Brockport

Albany Symphony Orchestra music director David Alan Miller, NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus, NYSCA Council Member Hal D. Payne.

Blue skies over the Erie Canal — will your project be here next?

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