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Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Updated: 11:25 AM

BLUE MT. LAKE -- The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will start holding seminars for the Decentralization Regrant Program soon.

The New York State Council on the Arts State and Local Partnership Division administers an annual re-grant program that helps to ensure access to arts and culture in each of the 62 counties of New York state.

The process begins by attending a grant-writing seminar.

The seminars will be led by either Kathleen Recchia, who was the grant coordinator for the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh; or Danielle Melendez, who has been serving as the grant coordinator for Hamilton County.

They will explain the program, answer questions, and provide application assistance to not-for-profits, artists, and cultural organizations.

Potential applicants are required to attend one of these seminars before completing an application. They are free and open to the public.

All applicants must attend a seminar or arrange for a consultation with a grant coordinator -- no exceptions -- in order to apply for funding.

Seminars will be held in the following locations.

-- Thursday, Aug. 21, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, 2 p.m.

-- Saturday, Aug. 23, Wead Library, Malone, 10:30 a.m.

-- Tuesday, Sept. 2, Inlet Town Hall, Inlet, 2 p.m.; and Geiger Arena, Long Lake, 6 p.m.

-- Wednesday, Sept. 3, Raquette Lake School, Raquette Lake, 2 p.m.; and the Arts Center, Blue Mountain Lake, 6 p.m.

-- Thursday, Sept. 4, Lake Pleasant Town Hall, Rt. 8, Lake Pleasant, 2 p.m.

-- Friday, Sept. 5, Geiger Arena, Long Lake, 2 p.m.; and Byron Park, Indian Lake, 6 p.m.

-- Saturday, Sept. 6, Whallonsburg Grange Hall, Whallonsburg, 10:30 a.m.

-- Monday, Sept. 8, Byron Park, Indian Lake, 2 p.m.; and Lake Pleasant Town Hall, Lake Pleasant, 6 p.m.

-- Tuesday, Sept. 9, Arts Center, Blue Mountain Lake, 2 p.m.; and Inlet Town Hall, 6 p.m.

-- Wednesday, Sept. 10, Raquette Lake School, Raquette Lake, 6 p.m.

-- Wednesday, Sept. 10, Downtown Gallery, Ticonderoga, 6 p.m.

-- Saturday, Sept. 13, Plattsburgh Library, Plattsburgh, 10:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. Call (877) 752-7715 or (518) 352-7715 or email or


ALCA is now administering the cultural arts decentralization grants for four counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton.

This re-grant has been administered by ALCA for Hamilton County in the past. Now ALCA will be taking on three more counties, formerly under the umbrella of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

ALCA Executive Director Alex Harris is eager to see the Adirondack counties come together under one umbrella. “I think there will be all sorts of opportunities for more collaborative projects with these counties and coordinators joining forces within the Adirondack Park.”

Decentralization grants are funded by the State of New York through its Council on the Arts.


ALCA is a multi-disciplinary arts center. By taking the arts “out of the building” it is able to serve over 2,000 square miles of the Adirondack Park.

It provides services to the non-profit field as a presenting, producer, and educator in the artistic disciplines of visual arts, theater, music, dance, and film throughout the Adirondack region as well as providing technical assistance to non-profits, local government, and area businesses.

The arts center’s programs serve all ages and all abilities, and provide the kind of unique, shared experiences that build strong communities.

For more information on ALCA and to learn more about the Quad-County Cultural Arts Grants go to the website or call (877) 752-7715 or (518) 352-7715.


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