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February 21, 2013

Graduate Program project named finalist for grant funding

ArtPlace, a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations, has selected State University College at Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program as a finalist for its 2013 round of funding.

According to a media release, the Cooperstown Graduate Program’s project, “Landscape as Backdrop: A Rural Arts Collaboration,” was selected from more than 1,200 letters of inquiry to submit full grant proposals.

College service professor and graduate program director Gretchen Sullivan Sorin said the purpose of the project is to use the arts and culture as engines for economic development.

“As the debate over gas extraction in upstate New York heats up, several central New York arts organizations and businesses have joined to develop linked programs to enable residents and visitors to more fully experience our rural setting from a cultural perspective,” she said in the release.

CGP will partner with a consortium of central New York arts organizations to design, produce and market unified programming. The release said students will play an important role in the project as interns for CGP, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Fenimore Art Museum and the Otsego County Land Trust. SUNY Oneonta food Service and restaurant administration lecturer Oscar Oberkircher will serve as the “curator of food,” and his students will be involved in developing a locally sourced food program to accompany the cultural events.

A total of 105 applicants in 33 states and the District of Columbia were named finalists for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the United States through grants and loans, research, communication and advocacy. Finalists were chosen based on their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May.

To date, ArtPlace has distributed $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country.

The Cooperstown Graduate Program provides training to those seeking to become museum professionals in the United States. One of only two programs in the country located on a museum campus rather than a university campus, CGP offers students the opportunity to interact regularly with museum professional staff, with objects and with exhibitions.

For more information on ArtPlace, visit For more information on CGP, visit

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