The Arts Factory awarded grant

Concert-goers enjoy one of the concerts put on by CLMF. (Photo courtesy of the Caroga Lake Music Festival series)

CANAJOHARIE — The Arts Factory of Montgomery County has been awarded a $2,059 Community Arts Grant from Saratoga Arts to go toward programs to take place this year.

According to a press release, with the grants and combined funds that TAF raised through a membership appeal, it will present two new events this year in addition to its Annual Arts Factory Invitational Art Show held at the Arkell Museum.

“The priorities described in the Saratoga Arts’ Community Arts Grants fit so well with the goals of The Arts Factory, “said board member Michael Wright. “We’re so pleased to have received this funding and we’re excited about our plans for the coming year.”

TAF is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization established in 2012. Its mission is to “support, encourage and cultivate local arts, artisans and venues of the Mohawk Valley.”

The organization has sponsored several art shows over the years featuring current works created by artists from the region, and has organized “open studios” events that engaged groups of artists to open their workspaces to the public.

Last year, TAF began exploring new programming with the intent to broaden the variety of art experiences it offers to the community.

TAF was awarded $1,160 for a presentation of two independent films with filmmaker discussion, and a $899 award for its event, “Remastering the Masterpiece.”

On April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., TAF will be presenting two independent films at the Arkell Museum, along with a discussion with the filmmaker.

On Nov. 3, they will host an artworking event: “Remastering the Masterpiece” also held at the Arkell Museum. TAF will announce more details on events as the dates get closer.

According to the release, the Decentralization Program, known locally as Community Arts Grants, was founded in 1977 to ensure New York state’s cultural funding reached every part of the state. In 1993, Saratoga Arts was appointed by the New York State Council on the Arts to administer the program in Saratoga County and in 2011, in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Over the years, Saratoga Arts has awarded just over $1.4 million to arts programs in Fulton, Montgomery and Saratoga counties.

This year, Saratoga Arts awarded grants totaling in $125,010 to support community-based arts events taking place in 2019.

According to the Saratoga Arts website, 15 other organizations and individuals in Fulton and Montgomery counties were awarded the 2019 Community Arts Grants.

In Fulton County those individuals and organizations include:

Janene Bouck, of Broadalbin awarded $2,500; Caroga Arts Collective was awarded $5,000 for the 2019 Caroga Lake Music Festival; Colonial Little Theatre, of Johnstown, was awarded $5,000 for its 2019 Theatre Series; Gloversville Citizens Band was awarded $4,000 for its Summer Band Concerts in the park; Johnstown Citizen’s Band was awarded $3,000 for its Johnstown Mid-Summer Concert Series; Janelle Krause, of Johnstown was awarded $2,500 for her Subterranean Realities: What Dreams May Come; the Lexington Foundation, of Johnstown, was awarded $2,500 for its Fulton-Montgomery County Art Show and $2,500 for its Labyrinth Garden; and Sacandaga Valley Arts Network, of Northville, was awarded $5,000 for its 2019 Sacandaga Live: A Celebration of Music.

In Montgomery County those individuals and organizations include:

Friend’s of Schoharie Crossing, of Fort Hunter was awarded $3,973 for its 2019 Not Just for Kids Stortytelling Series; Glen Conservancy, of Fultonville, was awarded $4,000 for its Glen Conservancy Community Concert Series; River of Jubilee Church and Junior Youth, of Canajoharie, was awarded $1,178 for its Art Enrichment with kiln-fired clay event; Mohawk Valley Chorus — Chamber Ensemble , of Amsterdam, was awarded $2,410 for their Harmony Bridge; Music on Mainstreet, of Canajoharie, was awarded $4,273 for the Music on Mainstreet Summer Concert Series for 2019; Bryon Nillson, of Fultonville, was awarded $2,500 for his project, Songs along the Mohawk; and the village of St. Johnsville was awarded $1,500 for Concerts in the Park.

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