It's high season for the arts here in Tompkins County. Outdoor concerts, summer theater, air conditioned movies - there are so many opportunities to refresh your soul and I hope you can get out there and see what our community has to offer.  
Just this past week I experienced the Play of Delights, co-produced by Story House Ithaca, Civic Ensemble, and Jason B. Sims and directed by G-Quan Booker and Sarah Plotkin. It was a joy to see CAP Board Member, Ritza Francois, perform, and I was grateful for the reminder to slow down and be present and not let the delights in my life go unnoticed.  

Then a couple days ago I got to see the movie "Fancy Dance", directed by Erica Tremblay, an Ithaca resident member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation. This movie is most special because it is the first movie featuring the Gayogohó:nǫˀ (Cayuga) language - the language indigenous to where we live. I hope you get a chance to check it out and experience the language that was born here and that the Gayogohó:nǫˀ Learning Project is working to revitalize.

And yet even with all these wonderful offerings, I remain concerned for our arts organizations. You can read more about this nationwide challenge in this article put out by SMU DataArts: As Relief Funding Dwindles, Arts and Culture Seek New Revenue Sources

Megan Barber, CAP Executive Director
Featured CAP Grantee
MeeAe Caughey's "Visceral II"
Screening this Saturday!
We are proud to support innovative projects through our grant funding, and one such standout is "Visceral II" by MeeAe (Mandy) Caughey.

MeeAe is a local dancer and choreographer whose work is heavily influenced by Butoh, a theatrical dance form which emerged out of post - WWII Japan. She has worked with musicians, dance companies and theatre companies across the US and Europe. (Photograph of MeeAe by Jari Poulin)
Visceral II showcases MeeAe's unique approach to dance videography and choreographic editing and features outdoor dance video portraits of Jim Self, Janice Kovar, Kathy Lucas, and Amanda Moretti. (Photo right: Kathy Lucas)

A 26-minute screening of Visceral II (4 dance videos) is scheduled for this Saturday, June 29th, at 3pm at the Tompkins County Public Library's Borg Warner Room East. Check out the 40 second trailer!
The series has evolved significantly since its inception in 2020. Supported by a CAP SOS (Strategic Opportunity Stipend) grant and the NYS Dance Force, Visceral I aimed to provide a creative outlet for dancers during the pandemic through solo performances shot outdoors. Each dancer was accompanied by a small audience, fostering a connection between performer and viewer despite COVID restrictions. (Photo left: Jim Self)

In 2024, MeeAe received another CAP SOS grant and NYS Dance Force grant for Visceral II. This new series takes a different approach than the first, focusing more on the relationship between the dancer and the videographer (MeeAe), rather than the one between dancer and audience. In fact, there is no audience.

MeeAe's role in Visceral II extends beyond filming to collaborative video editing with the dancers. She describes her editing process as akin to choreography, using the footage from multiple shoots to craft a cohesive visual narrative. This approach underscores her method of dance videography, treating the camera as an active partner in capturing the essence of each dancer's performance.

Take a look - in person on Saturday or on YouTube. You can watch Visceral I now on MeeAe's channel, and the Visceral II videos will be there by July 1st.
CAP ArtSpace
Friday, July 5th is Gallery Night!

See all openings at

More about CAP's exhibits & hours
through Monday, July 1
Picturing a Resilient, Equitable, and Healthy Food Future

A group show that highlights work from regional artists representing their diverse interpretations of food resilience, equity, and health.
July - Two Exhibits!
Gallery Night: Friday, July 5, 5pm to 8pm

Stand Up Women™! Social Activism in Tompkins County

This exhibit focuses on older local women social activists. In workshops led by artist/activist Caryl Henry Alexander the women expressed their activism through the creation of visual art and were interviewed by filmmaker Sue Perlgut about their art and their activism. (Photo: Yvonne Fisher)

Joan Adler, Yvonne Fisher, Myra Kovary, Leslyn McBean Clairborne, Sue Perlgut and Nicole Carrier-Titi will have their work exhibited. On Gallery Night, you can also watch the artist interviews in the Dorothy Cotton meeting room adjacent to the gallery.

This project was partially funded by a CAP Artist in Community Grant and a CAP SOS Grant and is sponsored by Lifelong and Carol Bushberg Real Estate.

Learn more at and watch the 3 minute trailer!
AND Margalo Guo, Voyage

Margalo Guo presents "Voyage," a series of oil paintings that use expressive portraiture to guide the viewer on a journey and exploration into the inner world of the human soul, expressing a teenage artist's experience of young adulthood.

The CAP ArtSpace is located at 110 N. Tioga Street, on the Commons, in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture. Also home to the Downtown Visitor Center and the History Center in Tompkins County!

Hours: Mon, 10 to 5 / Tues, 11 to 5 / Wed - Sat, 10 to 6
See CAP ArtSpace page for some exceptions.
Thank you to Coughlin & Gerhart for their sponsorship of our CAP ArtSpace!

Visit Artists on July 13th
On Saturday, July 13th, from 12pm to 5pm, visit artists in their studios!

The list of who is open will be on our Greater Ithaca Art Trail website by July 3rd.

Gather your friends and family, hit the road, and seek out great artists. You'll gave wonderful conversations. see some amazing art and maybe find something you'd love to purchase!

Friday, August 9th, 12 to 7:30pm
Our 32nd annual juried show and sale of fine and functional art!

Over 80 local and regional artists, community arts groups, food / wine / beer, a sunset boat tour, raffles, and jazz throughout the day!

Friday, August 9th, noon to 7:30pm at the fabulous Ithaca Farmers Market on the Cayuga Lake inlet.

Learn more and see all the participants at our Artist Market page.

Registration is requested! The event is free - no tickets required - but registration enters you into a raffle with over 15 chances to win discounts or art from the participating artists!

(Top Row from Left: Gourdlandia lamps, Doug Robinson and London McDaniels in the East Hill Jazz Group, art by Sue Brightly, Jill Hoffman poses with her work, illustration by Julian Plum. Middle image: painting by Lauren Reid. Bottom Row from left: art by Carol Spence, necklace by Southearted Jewelry, mug by Jilly.Makes.Pots, painting by Arthur Bucknor, and a Rachel Feirman print.)
We thank Thaler & Thaler for their continuing sponsorship of this great event!

More Spring Writes
Literary Festival Workshop!

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm, ZOOM
Live your YA Fantasy: An Embodied Writing Speculative Fiction Workshop, with Angela Somma

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Buffalo Street Books: So You Want To Write a Picture Book, with Rowen MacCarald & Sue Heavenrich

Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 to 7:30pm, Durland Library, Cornell: Reaching Out Reaching In: How to Send Hope to Imprisoned Writers

Sunday, August 4, 1:00 to 2:15pm, CAP ArtSpace: Disrupting Sterile Spaces: How to Write Scientific Blackout Poetry, with Lee Cotman

Thursday, August 22, 6:00 to 8:00pm, CAP ArtSpace: Recovering Your Creative Spirit, with Brenna Fitzgerald
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Free Events at the Visions Amphitheatre!

Head outside for free summer events at the Visions Amphitheater, located at 408 Elmira Road in Ithaca. Featuring: monthly morning yoga sessions, family movie nights, and Visions’ Kids Summer Bash. Visit for details.

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So much music - so many concert series!!!

Local Comedy Events!

Buffalo Street Books  
Check out their event calendar  

Canaan Institute
Traditional Music / Outdoor Activities.

Cherry Arts
The Wedding Show through July 14th

Cherry Gallery
The 2nd Annual Residents and Allies Exhibition. Opening Reception July 5, 5–7pm

See what's playing at

Circus Culture - Hupstate Circus Festival
The only all circus festival in the USA is in Ithaca, NY!
10 indoor shows, 4 outdoor shows, workshops, community events, and more.

Circus Culture
Camp registration and more!

Community School of Music and Arts
Explore their programs. Check out their latest exhibit. They also rent rehearsal and event space!

Corners Gallery  
EMPHASIS: SPACE +TIME, Rosalyn Richard Sculptures by Jamie Banes
July 13 - August 30. Reception: Sat. July 13, 4- 6pm

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Watch recording of past concerts and consider joining!

Gallery Nights!
First Friday of every month in downtown Ithaca

Gallery at South Hill  
Julia K. Wright: Structure Mapping, through July 7th.
Janet Locke and Andres Enciso Oddy: Dreams and Nightmares
July 28 to August 18. Opening July 28.

Grassroots Festival!
July 18 to 21.

Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Do you know about their youth, teen, and senior programs?

Hangar Theatre
Ride the Cyclone: The Musical through June 29.
Ragtime: The Musical - July 13 - 20
Make Way for Ducklings (a KIDDSTUFF performance) July 12 -14

History Center in Tompkins County
A Sporting Chance: On and Off the Field.

Ink Shop Printmaking Center
Exhibits and workshops!

Ithaca Artist Market

Johnson Museum   
Free and open to all. 

Kitchen Theatre
See their 2024-20 at

Lilypad Puppet Theatre @ The Cherry
All sorts of fun stuff happening at LilyPad Puppets! plus a puppet series at the Cherry
Arts at 10:30am every month on the first Saturday!

Mix Art Gallery
Yen Ospina, July 5 to 27
Gallery Night Reception on Gallery Night, July 5th.

Opus School of Music
Summer Camp Registration!
Scholarships available!

Poetry and Prose Open Mics and other great events!

Running To Places Theatre
Chicago (Teen Edition), July 5 to 7

Saltonstall Open Houses
Residents share art, writing, sculptures, films, etc. that they've been working on throughout their residency. Free! Summer dates: Sunday, July 7, 4:00-6:00pm / Sunday, August 11, 4:00-6:00pm / Tuesday, August 27, 5:30-7:30pm

Southside Community Center
Check out their social media on facebook and follow them on instagram

State of the Art Gallery  
Looking Forward, Looking Back. July 5–28. Opening July 5th, Gallery night.
Catharine O’Neill, Stan Bowman & Janet Sherman.
Check out their Look Club every 2nd Sunday, 2 to 3pm.

State Theatre
Upcoming shows at

Story House Ithaca
All sorts of events! Check out the list of upcoming events: book club, story nights, mending circle, listening room and more!
Tompkins County Public Library  
There are always great events at the library!
Trumansburg Conservatory   
Always a variety of events.

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