The Arts Council of Rockland has awarded Community Arts and Arts Education grants to Rockland County Organizations as part of the Decentralization Re-grant Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The recipients, local non-profit organizations offering cultural and artistic programs or sponsoring local individual artists, will be awarded a total of $37,385.

The 2014 Community Arts and Arts Education Grant recipients are:

African American Historical Society of Rockland County for two performances of A Glimpse of the Harlem Renaissance and for an exhibition of important figures from the Harlem Renaissance along with biographies and selections from their work.

Nyack Center – for Walk to the Beat, a town-wide celebration of percussive dance and world music

Chiku Awali – for two projects: a four week workshop in Adinkra symbol stenciling, mancala designing, jewelry creation and duku and atade wrapping. Also for multi-week training and presentation of African dance and drumming.

Friends of the Nyacks – for the Mostly Music Festival on the Hudson

Finkelstein Memorial Library – for the exhibition Retrospective: Spirit of a People

Jamaican Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland – for multiple performances of Steel Band Music for all Ages

Rockland County Welcome Committee – for two projects, one community and one for schools of the Musical Arts Development Program, multi-disciplinary 9 week programs that explore personal identity through music. Including a broad exposure to performance, song writing, sound-mixing, recording, legal issues and much more.

Acting Out the Past – for multiple performances of Radio Golf by August Wilson

Rockland Jazz and Blues Society – for four performances of All That Jazz: Four Generations of Jazz

Ramapo High School – for Exploring Sevilla, Spain

Hempstead Elementary – for Folk Music Experience for special needs children

Ramapo High School – for Jose Limon Dance Project

Spring Valley High School – for Percussive Dance and African Music Workshop

For additional information about the grant programs of the Arts Council of Rockland contact us at: 845-304 4318 or

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