Decentralization Grants

The Roxbury Arts Group is proud to administer the Decentralization Grant Program (DEC), a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, in Delaware County. DEC funds are used to support projects in three areas: Community Arts, Arts Education, and Individual Artist. 

Community Arts grants constitute the majority of DEC re-grant activity. These grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives or artists. Community Arts Grant support enables emerging artists and organizations to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods where they live and operate.

Arts Education grants support the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students, students in After-School programs, and students of all ages in Community-based Centers in rich artistic learning experiences. Arts Education funds are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists working in partnership with public schools or organizations. Projects must take place in schools and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 hands-on learning sessions with students. After-school and community-based learning place the emphasis on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

Individual Artist grant opportunity represents a “live & work” investment in local artists. An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of the community artist’s project and a reflection of community life, culture, and/or engage local communities. Grants awarded to applicants in the Individual Artist Category are viewed as a partnership between the applicant artist, the Roxbury Arts Group, and the benefiting community members. Due to this fact, all applicants to the Individual Artist Category must contact the Roxbury Arts Group directly at 607.326.7908.

This years awards helped to support the projects across Delaware county. You can see were these projects will take place on the map below. This is best viewed by clicking full screen.



Decentralization Grant Awardees of FY2020

Spark is a magazine composed of and by the students at Roxbury Central School, showcasing their art, photography, and creative writing published annually since 2015. SPARK is a school magazine created by and staffed by volunteer students grades 5-12. SPARK meetings begin in January and run through May and occur after school, between 3 and 5pm. Students create visual art, creative writting and photography to be included in the magazine both inside and outside of the sessions as well in class and at home. Students learn about the technical side of publishing visual works of art and learn to modify digital files (adjusting color, cropping, erasing wrinkles). All students have a hand in deciding which pieces go into the magazine, the order they appear in, the composition of the page, the cover art and design, and all have the opportunity to learn to use Microsoft publisher. The final result includes 20 to 30 works of art and writing by nearly as many contributors.

The Hancock Community Education Foundation will host 3 Stop Motion Animation workshops through Box of Light residency program during our existing after school program on January, 29, 30, 31 at Hancock Central School from 3:00 P till 5:30 P. 80 students enrolled in our existing K-9th grade after school program will participate in 3 Stop Motion Animation workshops through Box of Light residency program on January 29, 30 and 31. There will be 2 workshops each day for the 3 days. The initial process will be presented in a half hour introduction of stop motion animation after which the groups will begin conceiving and creating their very own videos. Throughout each workshop the students will participate in an array of artistic stop-motion animation techniques that include sculpting, drawing, photography and storytelling. Students will also will learn the process of animation that involves taking photographs of their sculpted characters, creating backdrops and moving them slightly before photographing. When their story is complete, they will video their project and Box Of Light will post the videos on their website within one week of the completion of the workshop series. The videos will also be available to download to share with friends and family. To see the video click here

Get Woke! Film Series & Conversations on Race is a 6-part film and discussion series that runs from January to May in Delhi supported by the MARK Project. For more information visit

  • Jan 26, 2020 Forbidden, Undocumented and Queer in Rural America – SUNY Delhi, Sanford Hall Room 250, speaker Karina Miccio Walker (Hartwick College)
  • Feb, 16, 2020, The Great Hack SUNY Delhi, Sanford Hall Room 250, speaker TBD
  • Mar 29, 2020 Owned: A Tale of Two Americas – SUNY Delhi, Sanford Hall Room 250, speaker TBD
  • Apr 19, 2020 Through the Repellent Fence with guest Falen Johnson – SUNY Delhi, Sanford Hall Room 250
  • Apr 20, 2020 Artist Talk with Becci Davis – Bushel Collective, 84 Main St. Delhi
  • May 3, 2020  Us – SUNY Delhi, Sanford Hall Room 250, speaker Christina Hunt Wood

The Bushel Collective presents Frozen Warnings a four-month long exhibition and set of programmed events addressing the current climate crisis. Bushel Collective’s two primary gallery walls will be given over to local artist and Harwick professor Rich Barlow, who will create a large-scale, immersive, site-specific chalk drawing depicting the edge of the ice pack in the arctic ocean. The work will be on display from February 1, 2020 to May 3, 2020. For more information visit

Tri-Town Theatre will be offering three performances of “Jekyll and Hyde” the musical on March 13-15 2020. The Tri-Town Theater looks forward to presenting opportunities in essential arts of dramatic acting, singing, and dancing. There will be painting for sets and backdrops, the creation of the sets will include elements carpentry and painting. Hand created props, stage makeup, costume creation and alteration, sewing, and incorporating accessories to help make the show look as if it is taking place in London in the 1800s. There will be the addition of a live Orchestra to this years performance.

The Sidney Memorial Public Library will host The Tri-Cities Opera in their presentation of Pinocchio in the Smart Community Room at the Sidney Memorial Public Library at 1:00 p. on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The performance will be for all ages and runs approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. 

Franklin Local will offer free weekly live music performances in their Franklin Local: Music on the Market program. More than forty local artists at the Franklin Farmers Market, highlighting local and regional musicians of varying genres. Currently identified genres include folk, rock, country, Irish, bluegrass, classical, jazz, and contemporary from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, every Sunday from 10 – 2 PM, for a total of twenty-one performances. Further information on performances can be found at

Vicki Davis will create multiple visual works celebrating the Eastern Brook Trout in her project entitled Fish Tales, to be installed in the beautification flower barrels along County road 23 in Sidney Center. The project will take place during the June stream clean up and will utilize trash taken from the stream as materials. Five piece will be created a painted sign with a representational Brook trout image, a wood sculpt of trout with primitive painted surface, a Deconstructed Redd (nest) that will be illuminated with LED painted fish eggs in a cradle of suspended stones, a collection of schooling minnows of printed acrylic fish in recycled plastic bottles (taken from the stream) mounted on flexible wire supports to gently move, Fish leap: an abstracted gesture of adult trout produced in metal and french enamel varnished. As well as a community Art Project. The date for the project is weather dependent as it will need to be warm enough for the clean up in the stream, however it is expected to happen in June. For more information click

Infusion Baroque will perform a concert at the Stamford United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 21, Fathers Day, at 3:00 P hosted by the Friends of Music of Stamford. This concert will include works by French Baroque composers around a theme of solving a real-life murder mystery from the 18th century. The program is entitled: “Who Killed Leclair?” After the concert, audience members have the opportunity to mingle with the musicians and sample FOM’s professionally catered refreshments.

The William B. Ogden Free Library will offer a series of programs entitled Tell Your Story Through The Arts to encourage the love of reading and storytelling through arts. Ibiyinka will share his story and process in creating bright, bold African art using tempera paint so that attendees may reflect their own story in a meaningful painting to take home. Rebecca Banker of Catskill Dance Moves will lead a fairytale dance and movement workshop that will conclude with a performance for parents and caregivers present. David Wasik will read an themed book, describe the different components of books and then assist the participants in creating their own. Dates for the events are as follows July 18, 2020, 11:00 A at the Walton First Baptist Church, July 25, 2020, 11:00A at the William B. Ogden Free Library and August 8, 2020, 11:00A at the William B. Ogden Free Library. For more information look here

The Hancock Partners is excited to announce Summer Nights Live! On The Square with five free cultural arts performances on June 12th 7-9 pm The Big House Band June 26th 7-9 pm Diamonds in Jupiter July 10th 7-9 pm CirqOvation – Projected children’s workshop night July 31st 7-9 pm Milkweed – projected children’s workshop night August 21st 7-9 pm International Strings All events will take place at the Town Square in Hancock. To find out more visit

On Saturday July 18, 2020, from 11 am to 5 pm, the West Branch Artists of Delaware County will present the second annual Walton Art Walk (WAW), a self-guided walking art tour and arts festival, free and open to the public, showcasing creative work by Delaware County artists and artisans at a variety of accessible venues consisting of businesses, cultural and public spaces located within the Village of Walton, NY. To find out more click here

The artists of Studio 190 will continue to improve their techniques with The Selfie Project II, using a wide variety of mediums. Painting, drawing, wood working and embroidery are primary modes of expression among all studio participants, with occasional engagement in modeling clay, paper mache, jewelry making, quilt making, knitting and collage. Last year’s project had three parts: 1. each artist personalized his/her own selfie 2. the animation of the artists’ masks in a video production and 3. the record of the entire process in a magazine publication. Part two of the Selfie Project will be supported by visual artist and photographer, Alan Powell. The works created will be exhibited at the Walton Art Walk (July 2020),CANO (Summer 2020), The Voice hosted by Arc Otsego (July 2020), AMR Studio Tours (August 2020), Taste of the Catskills Festival (October 2020), Christmas on the Farm (November 2020), Holiday on Main (November 2020), A Day in Walton (November 2020). 

Dancing in the Park #7: Outside/In, supported by Andes Society for HIstory and Culture, will comprise the creation and presentation of the 7th installment of “Dancing in the Park,” a performance event series celebrating the beauty of the natural environment and the vitality of the artistic community in Delaware County. This piece will be linked to three miniaturized indoor “teaser” events in Margaretville, Andes, and Delhi in June and July 2020. The main performance will take place in Andes Park on Andes Community Day on August 8, 2020. Further information can be found at

Pia Dehne will create a painting for her project Supernatural on canvas, 7 x 14 feet, based on a photograph by Katharina Poblotzki of 28 naked strong women of all ages from Delaware County, gathered naked at a waterfall along the Barkaboom in Andes. Pia will then present the painting at an exhibition at the Bushel Collective and Table on Ten in October, 2020. More information can be found at these links and To read more about the artist click here

Four artists, with Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes, of the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild present its 2019 expanded and well received Arts Program to reach all Head Start preschoolers in Delaware County, NY in Spring and Fall 2020. The nine sites are: Arkville, Davenport, Delhi, Deposit, Fishs Eddy, Franklin, Grand Gorge, Walton, and Sidney. Guild Artists will be matched to sites closest to their studios to minimize travel distance and time. Delaware Opportunities, Inc.-Head Start Program (35430 St. Hwy 10, Hamden, NY 13782) is funded to reach 203 youth. This Arts Program capitalizes on preschoolers’ inherent curiosity about and drive to understand the world around them. These activities give preschoolers non-verbal tools to nurture their artistic skills, and to enrich their rudimentary language, math, and science abilities.


Past Decentralization Grant Awardees

Congratulations to our 2019 Decentralization Grant Awardees! We are so excited to provide funding to these exemplary artists and organizations that are offering wonderful and enriching arts programming in Delaware County. 

DEC Award Funded Events for 2019

Community Arts Grants:

The Downsville Historical Society supports “Rural Entropy OR Seven Billboards in Colchester,” an art installation of seven silkscreened billboards which will be placed throughout the town of Colchester from May 30 to November 22, 2019. For more information: or

Franklin Local offers “Music at the Market,” a weekly, free music performance at the Franklin Farmers’ Market, at the front lawn of Chapel Hall, 25 Institute Street, Franklin, every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, from May 26 though October 13, 2019. For more information:

The Community Chorale of the Catskills performs two concerts, one at Roxbury Central School and one at Margaretville United Methodist Church, in both June and December, for a total of four concerts, featuring a work commissioned for the group, composed by Gerald Custer. For more information:

The Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve presents the “2019 Arts for All Festival” which provides hands on artistic activities for the entire community by professional artists and offers musical and theatrical performances, at 2515 Tower Mountain Road, Stamford, NY, on Saturday, June 8, 2019. For more information:

The Hancock Partners, Inc. offers “2019 Summer Nights LIVE! on The Square,” a series of six, free cultural arts performances at the Hancock Town Square, on alternate Friday evenings, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, and August 16, 2019. For more information:

The Hancock Community Education Foundation provides 2 free Musical Workshops for 80 Children in Hancock, in partnership with the Hancock Partners Summer Nights Live on the Square Performances, at the Town Square on Friday, June 7 and Friday, July 19, 2019. For more information:

The Walton Theatre Preservation Association supports the first annual “Walton Art Walk,” a self-guided walking art tour, free and open to the public, presented by the West Branch Artists, made up of local Delaware County artists, artisans and designers, and showcasing artwork at a variety of accessible venues consisting of businesses, cultural and public spaces located within the Village of Walton, NY, on Saturday, July 20 from, 12 pm to 5 pm. For more information:

The William B. Ogden Free Library offers the community “Celebrate the Arts: Theater, Song and Dance,” a series of three arts performances and interactive workshops: Merry Go Round Youth Theater performance on July 20 at 11am; Catskill Dance Moves workshop on July 27 at 11am; and Tom Sieling’s “Howl at the Moon” music performance at 11am on August 3, 2019. For more information: or

The Andes Society for History and Culture supports “Dance Landscapes: Dancing in the Park #6,” a unique, site-specific dance performance created by professional choreographers and dancers David Capps, Victoria Lundell, and Gloria McLean and visual artist Michael Milton, to be premiered in George Ballantine Park, Andes, in celebration of the Andes Bicentennial, on Andes Community Day, August 10, 2019. For more information:

The Andes Society for History and Culture supports Victoria Kupchinetsky’s “The Town That Shot The Sheriff,” a documentary about the Anti-Rent War and similar issues still being topical today, to be screened at several venues over the celebratory Andes Community Day weekend during the Town of Andes’ bicentennial celebrations in August 2019. For more information:

The Hobart Community Foundation supports the “Hobart Festival of Women Writers,” a 2 1/2 day event featuring professional women writers, from all genres, who offer a range of writing workshops and present a variety of public readings, at multiple locations in the Village of Hobart, on September 6, 7, and 8, 2019. For more information:

The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY presents a performance with “Pegasus: The Orchestra”, a chamber orchestra based in New Jersey. This large ensemble chamber music concert performance will feature American symphonic compositions rewritten for a small orchestra at the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main St, Stamford, NY, on Sunday, September 15, 2019. For more information:

Delaware County Arc presents “Studio 190: The Selfie Project,” an expansion on the success of last year’s Studio 190 Visions and Dreams project which encourages each artist to create his/her own personalized selfie portrait and video diary of the art work they are doing at the Arc’s Resource for Industry, 190 Prospect Avenue, Walton, throughout 2019. For more information: or

The Tri-Town Theatre presents a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” at the Sidney Central School, 95 West Main Street, Sidney, on October 12, 13, 18, and 19, 2019. For more information:

Arts Education Grants:

The Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild, in partnership with Delaware Opportunities, Inc., presents an arts and crafts program that focuses on developing preschoolers’ non-verbal artistic skills, while introducing them to math and science vocabulary and concepts, in several Head Start sites throughout Delaware County, from March 1 through November 22, 2019. For more information:

The Hancock Education Foundation hosts 3-Day Opera Workshops and Performance with Tri Cities Opera, for 100 students enrolled in the K-9th Grade After School Program at the Hancock Central School, from March 27-29, 2019. For more information:

The Roxbury Library Association supports “Moving Mountains” with Columbine Macher, a dance workshop for senior residents at Mountainside Residential Care in Margaretville, from May through October 2019. For more information:

Individual Artist Grant:

Caroline Fay presents “Art & Community for the Birds,” a year-long art and research project that will raise awareness of conservation and protection through a series of artworks, art workshops and community building. “Art & Community for the Birds” workshops will take place at the Big Little Art Studio and East Brook Studios in Walton from April through October, with an exhibition at the Bushel Arts Collective in Delhi to take place in November 2019. For more information:


Final Report Forms for 2019 Decentralization Grant Awardees

If you complete a Decentralization Grant funded project in 2019, you are required to complete DEC Final Report and Final Budget forms and submit them to within 30 days of the completion of your project or by December 31, 2019. If you make changes to your project as it was described in your application, you are required to submit a Change of Scope Form and alert the Roxbury Arts Group.

Additional questions about the Decentralization Grant Program may be directed to the Grants & Community Coordinator at the Roxbury Arts Group, 607.326.7908 or