2019 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.

BIODANCE: BIODANCE will create a new collaborative, evening-length show in 2019 that will premiere at RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium, and will mount an encore performance of the critically acclaimed “Aria” that premiered in 2018. The project will include 15 free limited mobility dance classes for elders and two free performances for Community Place Senior Center.

Town of Brighton/ Brighton Symphony Orchestra: The Brighton Symphony Orchestra will perform twelve free-admission orchestral concerts at accessible indoor and outdoor sites around the Rochester area during 2019, including both large ensemble and smaller “Rococo Project” chamber orchestra concerts to reach a diverse audience.

Brockport Symphony Orchestra/Village of Brockport– The Brockport Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Monroe County Concert Series will present Monroe County audiences with a unique perspective on orchestral music and New York History 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 – Music from Eastern Europe: a season concert (two performances) by Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Rachel Lauber, featuring classical music from Eastern Europe, including as guest soloists the winners of the Cordancia Concerto Competition for Young Performers.

Finger Lakes Choral Festival – The Finger Lakes Choral Festival, Inc., will produce a free concert at Hochstein on July 28, 2019, to benefit DWIGHT (Doing What Is Good and Healthy Together), a food pantry created at MCC to support those struggling with food insecurity.

fivebyfive – Rochester NY’s modern chamber quintet, fivebyfive presents two season concerts, Sweet Air (April 2019) and Glassworks (September 2019), and a series of four Meet the Composer Open Rehearsals as part of a collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery (Fall 2019).

Town of Hamlin – Morton Mural Project: Creation of a mural by artist Justin Suarez and assisted by 2 local youth artists, on the western side of an industrial storage building located between Hamlin Town Hall and the Hamlin Public Library, in Hamlin NY.

Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance – Building upon our successful “3 Musicians, 3 Concerts” program of this past year, we will present the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Jazz Trio With Herb Smith in a series of three concerts in Rochester’s underserved Northeast Quadrant, engaging youth and families in Rochester’s poorest sector.

Madrigalia –  Brush Up Your Shakespeare will feature Madrigalia singing some of the most beautiful and moving musical settings of Shakespeare’s words from plays and sonnets, in collaboration with two professionally-directed actors interweaving theatrical interpretations of various Shakespeare works with our music.

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.

Ogden Farmers Library/Amanda Chestnut – Verified: This multimedia art exhibit will combine works from artists of different backgrounds to look at what people claim as their racial identity, who gives them permission to make that claim, and how they navigate spaces where that permission is denied.

Rochester Cello Society. – Bach Suites Concert: In a free concert, 18 cellists, one for each movement, will perform the first three Unaccompanied Cello Suites by J.S. Bach.

The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus – The RGMC presents FINDING OZ, a fully-staged and choreographed production first conceived and produced by the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, which takes the characters to the serious depths of bullying and brings them back to the jubilant realization that life truly gets better, all set to music from various “Oz” related shows.

Rochester Oratorio Society – The Peacemakers: The Rochester Oratorio Society and collaborators: the Nazareth College Choir, Dr. Mark Zeigler, director; RIT/NTID, Thomas Warfield, choreographer; the RITA Collective; the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir, Amy Cochrane, director; Seneca Nation representative Jamie Jacobs; and the University of Rochester Humanities Center; present the Western NY premiere of THE PEACEMAKERS, by Karl Jenkins, April 5, 2019, 7:30 PM, at Hochstein Performance Hall, in observance of National Poetry Month.

Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum – Four Museum organized events held between May and September which encourage education and participation in the fields of writing, photography, chalk art, music, and history.


Sharon Locke– Primal Emotions

Sharon will create a new series of 8-10 abstract figurative sculptures that represent the past trauma and healing of survivors of human trafficking in Rochester, NY and to financially support the non-profit organization, “Angels of Mercy”, by hosting an auction of my artwork and other artists at Nu Movement Gallery.

Ashley Jones – Value of Us

The Value of Us is a theatrical event featuring the work of seven local theatre-makers challenged to create a 10-minute happenings, offering audiences the chance to find out what they truly value about the Theatre.

Ruben Ornelas – 

The creation of a Dance Theater work based on “dichos”, Spanish proverbs from the Latino community of Rochester.

Delores Jackson Radney: Kuumba Kids Theatre A.C.T.  Apprenticeship Program

Youth 14 -18 years old will participate in a 16-week theater apprenticeship on Saturdays afternoon called Kuumba Kids Theater A.C.T. (Avenue Children’s Theatre) Apprenticeship Program designed to express creativity through training with theater professionals and creating a theatrical production for the community.

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

Strings for Success (SFS) is an innovative, free, inclusive violin program fostering youth development for children living in the inner city of Rochester, NY, which provides individual and group violin lessons, numerous performance opportunities, and interaction with visiting artists, designed to create skilled musicians, broaden horizons, create pathways for future academic success and career development, and create opportunities for personal transformation through music.

Mohammed Diaby: West African Dance and Drum Residency

Djembefola (Master Drummer) Mohamed Diaby will offer a 9-week intensive course in West African Drum and Dance during regularly scheduled music classes for 50 7th and 8th graders. Mr. Diaby will work in partnership with the full-time music faculty, and his residency will also include 2 full performances, focused contact with each grade level (K-8), and 1 special class for the whole teaching staff.

First Inversion: Choral Scholars

First Inversion will work with two schools in two districts, Churchville-Chili High School (Churchville Chili School District) and East High School (Rochester City School District) to recruit four talented high school students per concert to be paired with a professional mentor who is a member of First Inversion.