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Decentralization Grant Overview

Founded in 1977, the Decentralization Program (DEC) was developed to ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Decentralization has since become one of the Council’s most effective means of making arts support available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state’s population. The program serves each of the state’s 62 counties and funds volunteer community organizations as well as established non-profit corporations with paid professional staff.

The program forms the cornerstone of the Council’s partnership with local arts agencies throughout the state, providing a link between the Council and portions of the community that might not otherwise be able to access funding from NYSCA.

Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional and local arts agencies at the invitation of the Council. The Decentralization or “DEC” sites are charged as advocates and catalysts for arts and cultural development at the local level and provide a wide range of multi-arts programming and services for local communities, artists and small organizations. Through DEC regrant funding, DEC sites provide project support to a wide range of professional, vocational and educational arts and culture in their respective communities including the creation of new work by individual artists directly through the Individual Artist Category.

Community Arts Grants Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

Awardees for the 2021 Grant Cycle 

The Arts Council for Wyoming County is proud to announce our Community Arts Grants awards for the 2021 season. These grants are made possible by awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, which are then dispersed to different organizations and artists within the community to provide arts and cultural experiences for Wyoming County. These awardees are chosen by a panel of community members and the projects are audited and administered (and enjoyed!) by the ACWC Grant Coordinator and other staff members. Our Community Arts programming grant winners this year are:

Eagle Free Library Community Arts Enrichment Program

Silver Lake Institute Cultural Arts Program

Stevens Memorial Community Library Wacky Wednesdays

Perry Farmers’ Market Summer Saturdays

Perry Community Band 2021 Concert Series

Be the Y in Wyoming County – Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and Businessmen’s Association

Wyoming County Bicentennial Singers – Americana Music: Tough Old Bird and Guest

Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism Barn Quilt Display

Wyoming Free Library – Art in Every Season

Wyoming Historical Pioneer Association 149th Annual Pioneer Picnic

Our Arts Education awardee is Margaret Gayford, who will be working with Perry High School students in the Groundlings Up-On-Line.

Also, for this year only, we were able to fund three (instead of one) individual artists. We are so happy about this! Our Individual Artists this year are Gretchen Cowie: Weaving the Colors of Wyoming County; Louis Melendez: Painting in Community; and Jeffrey Loucks: Abstract Woodcarving.

If you are interested in learning more about applying for a community arts grant, please contact Linda Franke at, or call 237-3517 ext 102.

We at the Arts Council for Wyoming County are thrilled with the line up this year and encourage you to come out and participate in these programs, as well as the programs that were postponed from 2020. Please check our newsletter, website and Facebook page for dates and times. Come out and make art part of your day!

This Decentralization Program is made possible in part with funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

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