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Community Placemaking & Arts Funding for YOUR Community!

A Free Informational “Lunch & Learn” Webinar for Municipal & Community Leaders

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council is hosting a free, informational webinar to let municipal and community leaders know about state funding opportunities available for community-based arts projects.  In addition, it will focus on the role of the arts in community, and provide information and inspiration to those who want to incorporate the arts into their communities.  


SLC Arts is the administrator of the New York State Council on the Arts’ Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) Program in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. Through this program, $100,000 in state funding is distributed to municipalities, libraries, 501(c)3 organizations, individual artists and collectives, for the purpose of arts programming.  Initiatives may include (but are not limited to) concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, readings, screenings, art classes, public art and more.  Grants are project-based, and support community-centered projects in any artistic discipline.  


The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 06, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, and will include three segments: 


  1. SLC Arts Grant Coordinator, Alicia Murphy, will provide an overview of the SCR regrant program, including scope, eligibility and fundable expenses.


  1.  In an effort to demonstrate how local communities can be elevated through the arts, SLC Arts will introduce the concept of CREATIVE PLACEMAKING, a collaborative process by which arts and culture is utilized to physically and socially shape a community to maximize shared value.  In other words, we will show municipal leaders how the arts can enhance the livability of their communities, making them nicer places to live, work and play!


SLC Arts is thrilled to be working with internationally recognized artist Matthew Mazzotta on this portion of the initiative.  Matthew has received dozens of international art and architecture awards.  He will present some basic conceptual information on community placemaking and art’s role in rural communities.  He will share examples of his vast body of work, and provide information on engaging communities in a collaborative public art initiative.   


  1. As towns and villages start to embrace public art, a traditional first project for many is a community mural.  The final segment of the webinar will focus specifically on MURALS, offering more detailed information on concept and execution.  Artist, muralist and St. Lawrence University Adjunct Professor Liza Paige will provide a foundational starting point for municipalities interested in pursuing this creative option. 


The intent of this short webinar is to plant the seed of creativity and give municipal/community leaders the tools and the funds to plan and achieve their artistic visions!   Please join us on December 6th to learn more!  Questions?  Please email grants@slcartscouncil.org for more information. 


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 849 8595 1403

Passcode: 496059


View Matthew’s award winning public artwork at www.matthewmazzotta.com

View Liza’s work here: www.lizalabarge.com