2018 Monroe County Grant Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s Decentralization grant winners! We appreciate all of your hard work in our community and your dedication to arts and culture.

Baobab Cultural Center – African Dance and Drumming Building Community with Cultural Arts: The project will focus on building community in the underserved Rochester community by providing West African dance and drumming classes in the community as well as providing scholarships to a group of 10 youth and 5 adults for the classes that lead up to a performance where they will perform what they have learned with Kerfala Bangoura. The show will be open to the community and provide access to cultural enrichment that otherwise would not be available.

BIODANCE – 12 for 12: Celebrating 12 years of BIODANCE in Rochester: BIODANCE will celebrate its 12th Anniversary of collaborative dance making in 2018. We will carry out 12 public performances in theaters, community centers and gallery spaces throughout Rochester and Monroe county, including at least four free performances in the community, as well as teach at least 12 free limited mobility dance classes for senior citizens at Community Place of Greater Rochester Senior Center.

Bread & Water Theatre: Bread & Water’s 2018 season is going to feature four groundbreaking productions: Eugene Ionesco’s THE RHINOCEROS, Genet’s THE BLACKS, Sarah Kane’s BLASTED, Euripides’ MEDEA and Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s THE MADMAN AND THE NUN for a total of seven performances each and thirty-five performances total.

Town of Brighton: Brighton Symphony Orchestra will perform thirteen free admission orchestral concerts at accessible sites around the Rochester area during 2018, including both large ensemble programs as well as several smaller “Rococo Project” chamber orchestra concerts to reach a more diverse audience. 

Brockport Symphony Orchestra– 2018 Concert Series in Monroe County will present its own unique take on orchestral music to County residents through collaborations with locally known and nationally acclaimed artists.

Children’s Institute – The Rochester International Children’s Film Festival: An accessible forum for non-violent, artistic films and other media as part of literacy education for children, their families and caregivers.

Cordancia – Bailemos! (Let’s Dance!): A season concert (two performances) by Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Rachel Lauber, featuring classical music with a Latin American theme, including as guest soloists the winners of the Cordancia Concerto Competition for Young Performers.

East House – Pathways to Recovery: Artist Lynne Feldman will create a painting emblematic of mental health recovery and societal inclusion and display the piece at Alexander Commons, a 60-unit apartment building in a neighborhood bordering center city Rochester, New York.

Epilepsy- Pralid Inc. – A series of free art-making workshops for individuals with disabilities to connect with each other and the community in which they live to create a large-scale ceramic mosaic for permanent installation as part of the revitalization effort in Rochester’s PLEX neighborhood.

Five by Five – Rochester NY’s modern chamber quintet, fivebyfive presents two season concerts in Spring 2018: “Common Ground”, in collaboration with the Rochester-based jazz music group The Rita Collective and students from the School of the Arts, and “Premieres” which features Rochester and World Premieres of new works written for fivebyfive.

Friends of the Mendon Public LibraryFirefly Friends: A twenty-eight week children’s program that teaches uplifting, mindful, nature-based songs, stories, and crafts with the aim of helping little ones learn to shine bright lights in the world.

Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus – 2018 Season Concerts: The POPs concert, “Never Forget: Songs of the Lost Generation” showcases popular music from the World War 1 era, with Michael Lasser providing narrative that explains how, through music, the songs of the First World War revealed the attitudes and beliefs of the time and how they changed through the course of the War. The classical concert, “Elements and Seasons” consists of music inspired by the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and the four seasons. Underlying this concert theme is the power of nature and the movements of our cosmos that connect us as humans.

Greece Performing Arts Society – Good Vibrations!:  A concert series based on musical hits from the 1960’s and earlier designed for a target audience of senior citizens, while appealing to all ages — to be performed at local assisted living centers and at a Greece Central School high school auditorium.

Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance – 3 Musicians, 3 Concerts: Eastman School of Music graduate student musicians bring jazz and classical music to Rochester’s inner city poor by offering 3 one hour concerts in Rochester’s inner city libraries: Lincoln, Lyell and Sully branches.

Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance – No Drama Summer Acting Experience: Summer youth theater experience for underserved poverty laden youth in Rochester, serving to re-engage students in active learning and study prior to returning to school.

Katie Hannigan (with the Rochester Oratorio Society) – Iconic Legacies: Women in Leadership: An exploration of social, racial and political injustice in an innovative interdisciplinary lecture performance to include singer, pianist, percussionist and multimedia where the creative, visual and performative arts intersect.

Madrigalia –  Earthkeeping is the practice of attending to environmental concerns in a spirit of love and concern for the object of our
care: our planet, our home, the Earth. Madrigalia addresses one of the most pressing issues of our day with a concert of
mostly-recent choral works that sing not only of the preciousness and amazing beauty of our earth, but also its fragility and
precarious future. The printed program will include the complete lyrics of the concert.

MuCCC Theater – Dances at MuCCC is an annual festival of contemporary dance featuring local, regional and visiting choreographers, dance artists and companies.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – The Reel Mind Theater & Film Series addresses the social stigma of mental illness and other brain disorders while promoting a sense of hope that recovery is possible.

Rise Up Rochester: Delivering Promise Program – Community resources provide ELA enrichment through the writing of short stories.

Rochester Community Players, Inc. – Free Shakespeare production at the Highland Park Bowl July 2018 and Irish Players production at MuCCC Theater April 2018

The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus – Two Boys Kissing: In collaboration with Blackfriars Theatre, RGMC will present Two Boys Kissing. The show tells 3 stories of coming-of-age characters: 2 boys trying to break the record for the longest kiss; 2 boys meet at a gay prom and start dating; and a boy accidentally outs himself to his parents.

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum– Events to encourage community involvement in writing and photography as well as learning about life in the past (2018 Opening Celebration and Spencerport Heritage Days).


Jim Mott – The Rochester Landscape Lottery

The Rochester Landscape Lottery (ROCLL) involves generating a series of 15 random GPS points in the metropolitan area and at each location: observing, painting, and, where possible, engaging people encountered on site in the creative process, through conversation, distribution of art materials, and follow-up visits and tutorials; the result is a journey that inevitably crosses racial, cultural, political boundaries that divide the community, and an unpredictable composite portrait of Rochester.


JR Teeter – One Man Show: Gun Violence in the United States

J.R. Teeter will craft an original one-man show on the history of gun violence in the United States from its earliest foundation to present happenings. This writing will bear a resemblance to the work of Garrison Keillor, Mike Daisey, and Spalding Gray


Delores Jackson Radney/ Rochester City School District, School #39 – Folktales

Three 3rd grade classes of students at #39 school will learn the lessons from Folktales and present them as a play for the entire school.

The Center for Youth: Strings for Success Program/ Rochester City School District, Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School 19

Strings for Success is a free, innovative, inclusive violin program serving students in grades 1-8 in the inner city of Rochester, NY (an area characterized by high poverty and low graduation rates) that provides lessons, performances (with college, community, and professional orchestras, at festivals, and in museums and concert halls), field trips (e.g. City Hall, WXXI, Memorial Art Gallery), and travel (eg Washington DC and New York City) to support academics and college and career awareness.