On October 3, 2017, the New York State Council on the Arts meets to review the recommendations for Fiscal Year 2018 grants from their Performing, Literary & Visual Arts Committee, and Multi-disciplinary Arts Committee; these two Committees will make recommendations in eleven program areas. To highlight the importance of the panel and committee review process, NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein- Spielvogel noted: “In 2017, more than 1,900 grants went to 1,200 organizations directly, and another 1,300 were reached through regrants for a total of 2,500 organizations in all 62 state counties. NYSCA is proud that our support enables citizens throughout New York State to access significant cultural programs, representing diverse fields and media, and presented in extraordinary locale.. . . .We urge all New Yorkers, residents, visitors, tourists, and travelers to visit new venues, and explore and enjoy the rich and ever-changing diversity of the arts across New York State.” To provide a window into the diversity of the arts in our state, a small sample of upcoming events – supported by NYSCA’s Fiscal Year 2017 funding, – appear below, along with links.
We at NYSCA urge all of you to enjoy the fruits of these fine efforts during the beautiful fall season throughout our state.
Adirondack Mountain Music & Dance
Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark, operates as a unique setting for artist residencies, conferences, performances, and traditional recreational activities. This showcase of authentic folk dancing, singing, and song writing will be led by John Kirk, Trish Miller, Dan Berggren, and the legendary Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith. With the partnership of Road Scholar, an educational travel organization, this series of programming curates historical experiences for everyone in the family.
Events take place from October 3 at 4 p.m. to October 6 at 10 a.m., Sagamore Rd., Raquette Lake, http://greatcampsagamore.org/eventscalendar/2017/10/3/adirondack-mountain-music-dance-workshop-1
American Panorama: The Hudson River School
Arnot Art Museum
Through November 16th
Opened in 1913, the Artnot Art Gallery, a restored Greek-Revival home built in 1833, has acquired an impressive portfolio of American art. The museum’s mission is to actively integrate community and educational programming into exhibitions, and to support the development of a regional arts network in the Southern Tier. This comprehensive exhibit of the legendary artists of the Hudson River Valley showcases the distinct heritage of 19th century New York artists, in the beautiful and historic Arnot Gallery.
Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 235 Lake St., Elmira, admission $7, $5 seniors and college students, free for children 18 and under, https://www.arnotartmuseum.org/exhibitionseason
Born in 1685: GF Handel, JS Bach, D. Scarlatti
Long Island Baroque Ensemble Series
The Long Island Baroque Ensemble, founded in 1972, features a repertoire of rarely heard and unpublished works along with period favorites. The ensemble duplicates the sounds and ambience of times gone by with concerts of early music performed on replicas of period instruments, in historic churches in Suffolk County. Join the group as they kick off their season with a selection of pieces from the leading composers of the Baroque period.
October 21, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Drive, Smithtown, October 22, 3 p.m., Christ Church, 61 East Main St., Oyster Bay, $30, $15 students, free for children 10 and under, http://www.libaroque.org/
The Battle for the Ballot
New York Historical Society
On View through October 15th.
The New York Historical Society’s teen-curated exhibition Battle for the Ballot marks the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in New York State. On view on Governor’s Island until October 15th, the exhibition traces the evolution of the women’s suffrage movement from the landmark Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 to the protests, parades, and solidarity that coalesced in 1917. The show’s collection contains historical photographs and artifacts that have been thoughtfully and expertly presented and explained.
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., free admission, https://govisland.com/exhibitions/the-battle-for-the-ballot-the-centennial-of-womens-suffrage-in-new-york
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Currently on view
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the oldest public art institutions in the United States, has partnered with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor to break ground on a grassroots community art initiative. Nearly thirty subjects, including Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X, and W.E.B. DuBois are depicted by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed.
On view at Michigan Ave. and East Ferry St., Buffalo, https://www.albrightknox.org/community/ak-public-art
Geva Theatre Center
Playing October 5th-October 22nd
The Geva Theatre Center in Rochester is one of the best-attended regional theatres in the state. Their commitment to unique, community-oriented, and quality theater programming make them both a destination and an institution within the region. Their current production, written by Lydia Diamond and produced by the Kitchen Theatre Company of Ithaca, is a wry and incisive play that manages to address topical and sensitive cultural issues with a sense of humor. Smart People’s run begins October 5th, and will be in production until October 22nd.
Tuesdays through Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, $30-$35, https://www.gevatheatre.org/event/smart-people/
Wright at 150 Lecture Series
Darwin Martin House
Lectures are scheduled through October 13th
The Martin House in Buffalo was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his close friend and patron Darwin Martin. It exists today as a museum and complex to showcase the famous architect’s work and provide scholars with the opportunity and materials to study his legacy. The lecture series features six visiting curators from the retrospective exhibit at MoMA, with the final lecture on October 13th.
Lectures at 7 p.m. October 6 and 13, tours scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, lectures $25-$100, admission $19-37, with discounts for seniors, students and members, http://www.darwinmartinhouse.org/adult-programs.cfm
Catskill Jazz Factory
Bard College: The Richard B. Fisher Center
Performance on October 7th
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry, demonstrates Bard’s commitment to performing arts as an educational and cultural necessity. This institution helps to attract leading artists from around the world to the Hudson Valley region, and provides the space and resources for students and artists alike to develop their skills and creativity. This fall, the Fisher Center will have the opportunity to host jazz titan Fred Hersch and his protégé Sullivan Fortner on Saturday, October 7th for a double piano concert featuring compositions by Hersch, Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, and more.
7:30 p.m., Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, $25-50, http://fishercenter.bard.edu/catskilljazzfactory/