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2023 Statewide Community Regrants Grantees

Through the New York State Council on the Arts’ Statewide Community Regrants Program, SLC Arts distributes $100,000 annually to municipalities, libraries, 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Lewis, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, for the purpose of arts programming.  Grants are project based and support community-centered events and programs in any discipline, including but not limited to music, visual arts, theater, dance, electronic media, film and literary arts. SLC Arts is pleased to announce its 2023 recipients:  

2023 Individual Artist Grant

1) Gretchen Koehler, Potsdam 

Project Title: Sit by the Fire. A musical celebration of winter, the artist will create 3 – 5 new fiddle tunes inspired by winter-themed passages written by St. Lawrence County authors, culminating in a fiddle/piano performance.

2) Lindsey Paranzino, Redwood

Project Title: Fourth Annual Abstracts & Oddities Fall Art Show. The artist will curate and create a community art show, which includes work from area artists, as well as her own work. During the show, the artist will paint eight abstract paintings and give three art tutorials. She will invite the public to use what they’ve learned to add color to the eight pieces.

3) Craig Thornton, Watertown

Project Title: Picking Elderberries. A series of connected vignettes, inspired by true events during

prohibition, smuggling booze into the states from Canada, culminating in at least one public workshop.

4) Mitchell Hill Price, Clayton

Project Title: Views from Ago. The artist will create at least two paintings, in a realist style, which detail scenes of the Thousand Islands from the time period from 1890 – 1915. The paintings will be displayed in the entry hallway of the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Summer 2023.


2023 Arts Education Grant 

1) Elizabeth Paige, Norfolk  (School Partner: Norwood Norfolk Central School)

Project Title The Community Coloring Beach Book: An interactive community mural inside the Norwood Beach pavilion. The project will take place in May – June 2023, and will align with Norwood-Norfolk Central School district’s Beach Week. Students will learn about the mural creation process and come to the Beach to observe demonstrations and physically paint the mural.

2) Michiko Taylor, Parishville  (School Partner: Parishville Hopkinton Central School)

Project Title: Watercolor Workshop for Beginners:. A series of watercolor classes offered to Parishville – Hopkinton 4th & 5th grade students.

3) Aubrey Slaterpryce, Potsdam  (Community Partner: Potsdam Public Library)

Project Title: Plays Across the Walls. A series of six playwriting workshops, during the month of May, that will connect the greater Potsdam community with artists incarcerated at the Riverview Correctional Facility.

4) Katherine Schuler, Ogdensburg  (School Partner: Ogdensburg Free Academy)

Project Title: Collaborative Woodworking in the Schools. A five-day woodworking class, for high school art students at Ogdensburg Free Academy, that focuses on wood as an art medium, and culminates in a collaborative wood lath installation piece.

5) Katherine Schuler, Heuvelton  (School Partner: Heuvelton Central School)

Project Title: Collaborative Woodworking in the Schools. A five-day woodworking class, for elementary school art students at Heuvelton Central School, that focuses on wood as an art medium and culminates in a collaborative wood lath installation piece.

6) Dana Gillan, Watertown  (Community Partner: Victim’s Assistance Center)

Project Title:The Lights Returns – Art Education Workshop Series. A series of three visual arts classes for children served by the Victim’s Assistance Center.


2023 Community Arts Grant

1) Chippewa Bay Community Club, Chippewa Bay

Project Title: Chippewa Bay Community Club Summer Backyard Concert Series. A series of four outdoor concerts, to be held July 2023.

2) Norfolk Concert Series, Norfolk

Project Title: Norwood Concert Series Development Plan. A series of four, outdoor summer concerts.

3) Young People’s Theater of Clayton, Clayton

Project Title: Clayton Theater Week Presents: Into the Woods Jr. 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 Into the Woods Jr.

4) Lewis County Historical Society, Lowville

Project Title: Black River Valley Concert Series Supplement. A series of three winter concerts.

5) Henderson Harbor Performing Arts Association, Henderson | Jefferson County

Project Title: Henderson Harbor Summer Theater Series – 2023. Two live outdoor theatrical performances, one for family and youth audiences (The REV Theatre), the other for all ages (The Butler Did It Players).

6) Henderson Harbor Performing Arts Association, Henderson 

Project Title: Henderson Harbor Summer Concert Series – 2023. A summer concert series, featuring musical acts from a variety of genres.

7) Morristown Public Library, Morristown

Project Title: Teen Plein Air 2023. A plein air festival for teens that culminates in an exhibit.

8) Norwood Public Library, Norwood

Project Title: Arts All Together. A five-week summer art program that provides a rich, cultural and imaginative hands–on art experience for children ages 5 and up.

9) Morristown Gateway Museum, Morristown

Project Title: Morristown Gateway Museum Summer Concert Series & Arts Festival. A series of one spring and eight summer outdoor concerts.

10) Madrid Dam Music Series, Madrid 

Project Title: JDMS 2023 Summer Dam Jam Concert. A three-hour concert that features a house band, and invites musicians from the audience to jam along to multi-genre music.

11) Town of Lewis Library, West Leyden

Project Title: Enjoy an Evening Out with Family. A performance by Fritz’s Polka Band, and an interactive, family-focused performance by the Rev Theatre Company.

12) North Country Artists Guild, Watertown

Project Title: Summer Kick-Off Music & Arts Festival. A one-day music festival that features musical groups of many genres.

13) Hearts for Youth, Alexandria Bay

Project Title: Hearts for Youth: Community Arts Outreach. A series of five artistic projects to provide creative and educational opportunities to community members of all ages.

14) Hammond Historical Museum, Hammond

Project Title: Hammond Scottish Festival 2023. A series of three performances for Hammond’s Scottish Festival. Artists will support the festival’s theme and cultural focus.

15) Paynter Senior Center, Clayton

Project Title:Senior Citizen Community Arts Program – Color Me Happy. A series of 12 monthly painting classes for senior citizens.

16) Hay Memorial Library, Sackets Harbor

Project Title: Great Lakes Poetry Gathering & the Sackets Harbor Quilt Show. A poetry workshop and a visual art workshop with a focus on ekphrastic poetry (poetry that describes art). A quilt show that features classes and demonstrations.

17) Steelin’ Country, Madrid

Project Title: Music: The Heart of the North Country. A weekend of music and dancing to coincide with the arrival of thousands of antique tractor enthusiasts. On Saturday afternoon, band members will lead a waltz and Texas two-step demonstration/workshop, and there will be a gospel singalong session on Sunday afternoon.

18) Sackets Harbor Historical Society, Sackets Harbor

Project Title: Movin’ to the Music. A series of five diverse, outdoor, summer concerts designed to get audiences dancing.

19) Edwards Arts Council, Edwards

Project Title: Edwards Opera House Singer Songwriter Series 2023. A series of 10 performances, by local and regional singer-songwriters, presented at the Edwards Opera House.

20) Len Mackey, Potsdam

Project Title: Everyone is Welcome – Music & Dance Performance Series. A series of five, interactive drum & dance performances presented at area schools, as well as one performance in Ives Park, Potsdam. All performances are open to the public.

21) Waddington Historical Association, Waddington

Project Title: WHA First Sundays Concert Series. A series of three off-season concerts that will pair music and history.

22) North Country Connections Orchestra, Potsdam 

Project Title: North Country Connections Orchestra Live Interactive Community Concerts. A series of three off-season concerts that will pair music and history.

23) Live at the Bandstand Inc., Sackets Harbor 

Project Title: Live at the Bandstand ‘23. A one-day summer musical festival, featuring five performances by a diverse variety of artists.

24) Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, Massena 

Project Title: Summer Concert Series 2023. A series of six outdoor, family friendly summer concerts.

25) The Yellow Barn Concert Series, Hammond

Project Title: Summer Concert Series 2023. A series of nine concerts that celebrate the power of music to elevate the human spirit and bring us together in community, set in a lovingly-restored 19th Century barn.


Through the SCR program, SLC Arts is supporting local artists and fostering creative communities.  These projects are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.  

For more information about available grants, please visit www.slcartscouncil.org/grants or email our grant coordinator at grants@slcartscouncil.org.  

About the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
NYSCA preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work and visit. The Council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, NYSCA is awarding record funding in Fiscal Year 2023, providing support across the full breadth of the arts.

NYSCA further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit http://www.arts.ny.gov, and follow NYSCA’s Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.