Decentralization Awards Ceremony POSTPONED

The DEC Awards Ceremony is postponed as we navigate the current health crisis. Awardees will be notified of the new date as soon as one can be scheduled. Community members should follow our facebook page and/or be added to our weekly email list for up to date information.


The Roxbury Arts Group will honor the 2020 Decentralization (DEC) Grant recipients at an Awards Reception on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Hilt and Stella Kelly Hall of the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury.  Please join us to congratulate the artists and organizations who have been awarded and learn about the art programs taking place in Delaware County this year.  This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available and a selection of the DEC Grant Awardees will present brief performances highlighting their projects.  If you would like to attend, call or email Samantha Nick, Grants and Community Coordinator, at 607-326-7908 or, by March 27 to RSVP.

The Decentralization Grant Program is a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group. Awards granted in 2020 total $37,800 and will help support 143 events consisting of workshops, performances, concerts, school programs, installations, exhibitions, and artistic opportunities to create new work throughout Delaware County. “The Decentralization Grant supports art programs throughout Delaware County. This year has been especially competitive and the variety offered is amazing. The demand for this grant shows just how vital the arts are to our rural communities. The Arts Group is so pleased to be a part of it.” says Samantha Nick, Grants and Community Coordinator at the Roxbury Arts Group.


This years DEC Grant Awardees are:

Community Arts

Get Woke! Film Series at SUNY Delhi and Bushel Collective, a six part film and discussion series centered around the topic of race.

Frozen Warnings at the Bushel Collective open February 1, 2020 through May 3, 2020. A large scale chalk drawing by Artist Rich Barlow depicting the edge of an ice park in the Arctic Ocean.

Tri-Town Theatre will perform “Jekyll and Hyde” in three shows from March 13 – 15, 2020. This years performance will include the introduction of a live orchestra.

Tri Cities Opera will perform “Pinocchio” in the Sidney Memorial Public Library on May 9, 2020.

Franklin Local will host more then forty local artists at its weekly farmer’s market, from Memorial Day to Columbus Day from 10am to 2pm.

Infusion Baroque will perform “Who Killed Leclair?” (real-life murder mystery from the 18th century at the Stamford Methodist Church hosted by the Friends of Music of Stamford on June 21st for a Fathers Day Performance.

Tell Your Story Through the Arts at the William B. Ogden Free Library which will encourage the love of reading and storytelling over three dates. Ibiyinka Also, Rebecca Banker and David Wasik will lead children’s workshops on the topics of African Art, Dance and Creative Writing.

Summer Nights Live is back in the Town Square of Hancock with five performances from June to August.

The Walton Art Walk is also back, taking place on July 18, 2020. This is the second annual self guided walking tour and arts festival showcasing creative work in Delaware County.


Studio 190 continues its Selfie Project and will be displayed at many local art events in the area.


Dancing in the Park is in its 7th season and will be held in Andes Park on August 8, 2020 along with three small pop up teaser performances.


Arts Education

The Catskills Mountain Artisans Guild will host four artists in all nine Delaware County Head Start sites to lead artistic activities with the pre-school students in the spring and fall of the school year. Each Head Start site will participate in 8 sessions centered around paper, clay and paint mediums.

The Stop Motion Animation and Box of Light project will lead Hancock Central School’s Kindergarten – 9th grade students through a stop motion workshop series using clay, paper and Lego’s to create short films that will then be posted online.

Spark Magazine of Roxbury Central School continues working with grades 5 through 12 to run their arts and literacy magazine. The Spark Magazine is student run and designed from printing to content.


Individual Artist

Vicki Davis will create multiple works celebrating the Eastern Brook Trout in Sidney for her project Fish Tales. This work will coincide with the stream clean up day and will use some materials found in the river. 


Pia Dehne will paint a beautiful canvas featuring 28 naked strong Delaware County women in her project Supernatural Thing. The canvas will then be displayed at the Bushel Collective and Table on Ten in October.