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United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

United Arts Appeal Announces 2017 Grant Winners

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is awarding grants to artistic projects of five Chautauqua County non-profit organizations and two local artists.

“It’s hard to imagine Chautauqua County without all of the wonderful cultural opportunities and talented artists that reside here,” UAA President Shane Hawkins said, in announcing the recipients of the 2017 Projects Pool Grants Program. “The United Arts Appeal is happy to be able to support local artists and arts programming through our Projects Pool grants.”

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Jamestown, NY – With spring come new growth to wildflowers, plants, and trees, new critters in ponds, fields, woods, and forest, and beautiful landscapes to charm the eye.

What better time to set your eye to your camera and enter Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images and compete for prizes.

Winners over the years have come from as far away as Beijing, China, and as near-by as just down the road from Audubon’s 600-acre wetland preserve with its more than five miles of trails, native tree arboretum, natural play space, educational gardens, and Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor enclosure. 

Audubon Has Patch Opportunities for Scouts and Others

Audubon Has Patch Opportunities for Scouts and Others

Jamestown, NY – Jennifer Schlick, Program Director at Audubon Community Nature Center recently sent information about earning Fun Patches to area Scout Councils and leaders.

“But really,” Schlick explained, “we’re happy to have any interested child earn a patch at one of four special events over the next few months.”

To earn these brightly colored patches, a child just needs to pick up and complete a list of requirements any time during the hours the event is held. He or she can then purchase a patch for $3 (in addition to the regular admission), on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events where patches can be earned are:

April 15 is United Arts Appeal Grant Application Deadline

April 15 is United Arts Appeal Grant Application Deadline

Jamestown, NY – With an April 15 application deadline, Chautauqua County artists and organizations are reminded that now is the time to be preparing their applications for the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County’s Projects Pool Grants Program.

Eligible organizations must have non-profit status and may include libraries, municipalities, churches and other community groups. 

An artist who has been a Chautauqua County resident for at least one year and works in any artistic discipline, including but not limited to crafts, choreography, film, fiction, poetry, printmaking, sculpture, painting, video, play writing, performance, music composition and photography, may apply for funding.  Priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate that a fellowship would have significant impact on their career.

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Jamestown, NY – Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.

“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”

Prizes are awarded in four categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

United Arts Appeal Accepting Grant Applications

United Arts Appeal Accepting Grant Applications

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is accepting applications from Chautauqua County artists and organizations for its 2017 Projects Pool Grants Program. 

As UAA president Shane Hawkins explained, “Every year a portion of the funds the United Arts Appeal raises is awarded to individual artists and artistic projects for the purpose of enhancing the cultural life of Chautauqua County.”  

Eligible organizations must have non-profit status and may include libraries, municipalities, churches, and other community groups. 

An artist who has been a Chautauqua County resident for at least one year and works in any artistic discipline, including but not limited to crafts, dance, film, fiction, poetry, printmaking, sculpture, painting, video, play writing, performance, music composition and photography, may apply for a Projects Pool grant. Awards are based on creative excellence and are to be used for career development. 

Expanded GDI Hacks Powered by AT&T to Benefit Local Women & Minority Owned Businesses & Nonprofits

Expanded GDI Hacks Powered by AT&T to Benefit Local Women & Minority Owned Businesses & Nonprofits

The Buffalo Chapter of Girl Develop It (GDI Buffalo) will once again host the region’s only all-women hackathon, GDI Hacks powered by AT&T, and has expanded it based on the popularity of last year’s event. The event, which will take place on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 from 8 am - 9 pm at the DIG Innovation Center, will be the second all-women hackathon in the region’s history and will expand the number of participants to 70 and double the number of businesses and nonprofits that can take part to 10. During the hackathon, teams of web developers, innovators, technologists, designers and marketing experts will be challenged to provide several area women and minority owned businesses or nonprofits with new or updated websites that they otherwise could not afford or have the expertise to do on their own.