As the debate over gas extraction in upstate New York heats up, several central New York arts organizations and businesses have joined to develop linked programs to enable residents and visitors to more fully experience the rural setting of Cooperstown from a cultural perspective. ArtPlace, a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations, has selected the Cooperstown Graduate Program (State University of New York, SUNY Oneonta) as a finalist for its 2013 round of funding. Out of more than 1,200 letters of inquiry, our project, Landscape as Backdrop: A Rural Arts Collaboration (LAB) has been selected to submit a full grant proposal later this month.
CGP, along with a consortium of world class and grassroots arts organizations located in the central upstate New York region, in partnership with the regional land trust and local tourism agency, hope to design, produce and market unified programming to re-define our rural community as an environment in which art and history are presented in the context of our physical setting. A more vibrant and more diverse Cooperstown will result. I am very proud to be a contributor on this grant and am excited to continue the process towards a community unified through nature and the arts! For more information of the other finalists, click here.