The Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Creative Partnership Grant.

The Creative Partnership Grant is a local arts-in-education matching grant funded by the Local Capacity Building Initiative of the Arts in Education Program at the New York State Council on the Arts.

UCCCA accepts applications from schools in Otsego and Delaware counties to support the integration of arts into mainstream classroom curricula.

Applicants were able request up to $3,000 for a proposed project.

A panel of teachers, artists and community members reviewed the applications.

The following projects were funded for 2010:

Otsego County Head Start: A project with The Farmers' Museum to teach prekindergarten students about the region's rural heritage and culture.

Cooperstown Middle School: "Creating New Pathways" project, with artist Charlie Bremer and teachers Amy Parr, Diana Garcia, Eileen Murphy, Bruce Clinton and Marcie Schwartzman.

Unadilla Elementary School: "Exploration of Asian Art and Culture" for third-graders, with art teacher Phyllis Blincoe, teachers Elaine Reed, Jamie Rowe and Sara Garno, and artist Tara Hu.

Riverside Elementary School: "The Soul of Life: Celebrating Rhythm and the World," with master teaching artist Mary Knish and kindergarten teacher Ken Sider.

Hancock Central School: Creating illuminated manuscripts with professional artist Bertha Rogers and teachers Brenda Vincentz, Carmella Bullick and Mary Norris.

Morris Central School: Professional teaching artist Bonnie Gale, accompanied by Jill Accordino, Kathy Bechtold, Diane Walling, Michelle Pepe and Niki Miller, will create a living willow sculpture in the shape of a mustang, the school mascot.

Each of the schools that have received funding is responsible for a public performance, such as a written showcase, an online presentation or a live performance. Information about performances is available from participating school districts.

For more information on the Creative Partnership Grant, contact Corrine Armstrong, program coordinator at the arts council, at 432-2070, or visit

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