This year SLC Arts administered over $61,000 in arts funding through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis counties. Applicants applied for funding opportunities in three categories: Public Art Fellowship, Teaching Artists’ Fund, and the Community Arts Grant. 

Congratulations to the following 2020 grant recipients:


Artist Sara Lynch (Potsdam) will engage the Potsdam Central High School community in developing design ideas, which the artist will then paint on school walls.

Artist Lydia Johnson Huntress (Lyons Falls) will engage the public in the design process, and subsequently paint nature-themed murals on publicly-owned structures. 

Artist Patty VanPatten (Waddington) will work with 8th through 12th grade students from Madrid-Waddington Central School, to teach techniques of building and painting moveable sets and backdrops for the school’s theatrical productions.

Artist Bill Newman (Canton) will work with students from the Canton Central School’s Technical Theater class and theater program, to design and create backdrops to be used in the school’s two theatre productions.


The DeKalb Historical Association (DeKalb Junction) presents its 2020 Performance Series, featuring three summer concerts, celebrating women in music.

The Town of Lewis Library (West Leyden) presents three arts-focused programs: a hands-on, banner painting class; a polka-themed musical performance; and a professional storytelling performance.

The Norwood Public Library presents Arts Through Fairy Tales, a series of six hands-on, artist-led, children’s art classes that each focus on a different cultural fairy tale, and feature an art project from that culture.

The Sackets Harbor Historical Society (Sackets Harbor) presents Old Friends & New, a series of four, high-quality, family-friendly, Sunday concerts.

The Potsdam Public Library (Potsdam) presents Creative Movements – Story & Song, Drum & Dance, a four-part performance and workshop series for children of all ages, featuring mime, songs of nature, and African drum & dance.

WPBS-TV (Watertown) presents Trevor Gordon Hall Live In Concert, a television production of a concert with world-renowned guitarist, Trevor Gordon Hall.

The Young People’s Theater of Clayton will host a one-week, youth theater camp, for children 5 -18, in which students learn fundamentals of acting, singing, dancing, and technical aspects of theater, which culminates with a production of The Lion King.

The Lyme Free Library will offer a series of free, outdoor, summer, community workshops, in which literary works inspire the creation of relevant art projects.

The Thousand Islands Arts Center (Clayton) will offer multi-disciplinary art programming for youth, via after school program, summer camp and drop-in opportunities.

The Colton Historical Society (Colton) presents its Sunday Rock Legacy production of The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers, a staged performance that combines local history and education with live, musical theater.

The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce (Massena) presents Concerts in the Park 2020, a series of five family-friendly, summer concerts, featuring a line-up of popular, local performers.

The Potsdam Public Library (Potsdam) presents Molding Minds, a series of children’s ceramics workshops, held at three different locations around St. Lawrence County.

The Lewis County Historical Society (Lowville) presents its Black River Valley Concert Series Supplement, one winter concert and one spring concert, featuring music by highly talented artists from outside of the local area.

Hearts for Youth (Alexandria Bay) will offer six children’s arts-focused classes, each comprised of five lessons.  Featured classes include jewelry, theater, fine arts, mosaics, acrylics, and sewing.

The Brantingham Arts Council (Brantingham) presents four, family-friendly summer concerts, featuring various genres of music.

The Morristown Gateway Museum (Morristown) presents its 2020 Concert Series, a series of six summer music events that feature local musicians.

The Clayton Opera House will present live performance by the interactive slam poetry group, The Mayhem Poets, bringing culturally rich artistic perspectives to the community.

The Chippewa Bay Community Club (Chippewa Bay) presents its Backyard Concert Series, a series of four July concerts, featuring popular local and regional talent.

The Heuvelton Historical Association (Heuvelton) presents Pickens Showstoppers, three, unique musical performances, featuring artists from outside the regional area.

Phone: 315.265.68680

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PO Box 252 | Potsdam, NY 13676

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Village of Potsdam Civic Center
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