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Saugerties groups open applications for art projects that highlight community – Daily Freeman

SAUGERTIES, N.Y.  — ShoutOut Saugerties and Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley are taking applications for three arts-based grants for projects that would enrich the quality of community life or highlight a significant aspect of the town.

Susana Meyer Creative Arts Award applications can be submitted through Friday, April 5, for a $2,500 grant to be used toward a visual project and two $750 grants that make aesthetic or environmental improvements for people.

“One of our visions from the beginning was to showcase the kind of talent that we have here and we felt like that perhaps the community was not as aware as they could be of the number of really exceptionally talented people in the arts that are here,” supporter Suzanne Bennett said.

“Some of the projects have spoken directly to the community,” she said. “The first award (in 2020) we presented was to Katie Cokinos for her film ‘Water Keeps Time,’ because that was the history of the Esopus (Creek) and it featured a lot of people in the community talking about the Esopus.”

Organizers on the group’s website said attention was also paid to much smaller aspects of life in 2020 with Kris Garnier developing displays of native and non-native plants found in woods, fields, streams and “cracks in a sidewalk” to demonstrate how nature is everywhere in the community.

Awards in 2021 included an opera, a jazz series on the beach and portraits of Saugerties.

Community engagement was featured in 2022, with educational signage by Nina Schmidbaur at the pollinator garden on Partition and Montrose Streets, Michael Nelson’s production of the film “A People’s History of Saugerties,” and Sharon Penz’s dance production with a theme about connections between people and the planet.

The awards were scheduled for every other year after organizers found there was a lot of time needed to evaluate projects.

“We realized as 2023 proceeded that we were doing do many projects this past year that…we just weren’t going to have time and it would be better to do something every two years,” Bennett said.

Meyer had worked with ShoutOut Saugerties for its first two years before passing in 2018. Organizers credit her for bringing a “wholehearted enthusiasm” to events.

“Susana Meyer had a distinguished career as an artistic administrator, programmer, artist manager, casting director, and producer in the performing arts, especially opera, in New York City and at Bard College…(and) was a member of the steering group for Arm-of-the-Sea Tide Water Center,” organizers wrote.

Applicants must be full- or part-time town residents, at least 18 years old and demonstrate an ability to complete the project.

Applications can be sent to [email protected] or by mail to 21 Second St., Saugerties, 12477. The submission should include a synopsis of your education, qualifications and experience; a description of the proposed project, and samples of existing work such as photographs, writing or video samples.

For more information visit https://www.shoutoutsaugerties.org/all-events/2024/4/5/2024-biannual-susana-meyer-creative-arts-award.

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