Delaware County Arts Grant

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

The Roxbury Arts Group is proud to be a part of the Decentralization Program of NYSCA since 1986. The Decentralization program funds the Delaware County Arts Grants and all its programs, events and artists involved. The Roxbury Arts Group is elated to announce it’s 35th anniversary of the program and would like to thank all of its applicants through the years for keeping the arts an integral part of Delaware County.


We are pleased to announce the FY21 cycle awardees and their projects…

The Andes Dance Collective will present Delaware’s first Dance Film Festival 2021, including live performances, film installation, a dance filmmaking workshop, and screenings in collaboration with galleries and outside locations in Andes, Roxbury, Delhi, and Margaretville. Supported by the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve.

Bushel Collective presents Response Space, a street-facing (COVID-safe), interactive viewing and listening platform for artworks that respond to our current moment.

A classical concert by Misha and Cipa Ditcher Piano presented by Friends of Music of Stamford. A concert piano program featuring a solo performance and four-hand concert. Recordings of the concert to be made public.

Get Woke! Conversations will create three podcast episodes, hosted by Visual Artist and Get Woke! co-founder Christina Hunt Wood, that look at the intersection between the arts, race, and rural spaces. Supported by the MARK Project.

Mayfly Sculptural Learning Project for the Hancock K-9th Grade After School Program, led by Artist Vallessa Monk, will sculpting workshops for children June 2021. Supported by the Hancock Community Education Foundation.

The Hobart Festival of Women Writers will offer nine programs concluding of four classes. Via Zoom, three programs took place in the spring and six in the fall of 2021 modeled on the annual Winter Writing Workshops. These programs were supported by the Hobart Community Foundation.

Sidney Center Improvement Group will offer Sidney Center Blooms, working with seven artists to create murals on a wooden stockade fence as part of a park restoration project.             

The Stamford Village Library will host eight sessions of Improv Theater Workshops for students. Marisa Caruso will introduce students to acting techniques and scene development exercises for improvisational performance.      

Studio 190 deliver The Monograph Project, creating 8 to 12 monographs from some of its most active artists in their program.                             

Artist Marisa Caruso will create a public installation-based performance featuring four characters reflecting a different facet of upheaval- social, spiritual, political, and environmental.             

Award-winning writer Anne Elizabeth Moore will craft and present three chapters toward a novel, On Whiteness, that explores white supremacy in the United States, set in an unnamed town in Delaware County.

Emily Pettigrew will create a body of paintings evocative of Delaware County’s vernacular landscape and architectural history, which would be exhibited to the public in a historically significant building.

Artist Christina Hunt Wood will create a new work – a three-part video series entitled “Manual A-C (how it sounds).”

Artist Zaybra will create a Dance Film, From The Forest Floor, that shares a queer perspective of growing up in the rural town of Bovina.


If you are interested in learning more about the Delaware County Arts Grants read more about them below or contact Samantha Nick by clicking here.


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.

Creative Learning 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.



Guidelines and Information Sessions

To view our guidelines for the coming FY2021 cycle follow the link below. Note, there are many changes to all three categories this year and it is important a representative of each project attends an information session and reviews the new guidelines carefully, all three grant guidelines have been condensed into a signal document.

2021 Delaware County Arts Grant Guidelines (Click Here)

Community Arts Budget-2021 Click Here

Creative Learning Budget 2021 Click Here

Individual Artist Budget 2021 Click Here


To register for an information session email Samantha Nick Grants and Community Coordinator
In person information sessions will be held on

Saturday September 26th, 2020 at 5:30pm at The Grange 1454-Former Armory, 139 Stockton Ave, Walton, NY 13856

POSTPONED Wednesday October 14th, 2020 at 5:30pm at The Roxbury Arts Groups, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY 12474

Online sessions will be held on Zoom on

Thursday September 24th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Tuesday September 29th, 2020 at 12:00pm

Friday October 23rd, 2020 at 12:00pm

Saturday October 24th, 2020 at 5:30pm for Individual Artist Session only.



If you would like to submit your applications early for a review on accuracy, detail and strength of application, drafts are due by Thursday October 29th 2020 via Submittable. Applications submitted after this date will only be checked for all required information and supplemental documentation. Final applications are due on November 19th 2020 by 4pm via Submittable. No applications will be accepted after this time.


Previous Cycle 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.


Final Report Forms for 2020 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