This spring, there was a competition in New York State for artists called Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) Artist Employment Program. To compete, artists had to propose collaborations with community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across the state. The recipient organizations receive funding for each artist including artists’ salaries and benefits for two years. A total of $49.9 M in funding has come from the Mellon Foundation to New York State for distribution.
‘If we are to truly rebuild our amazing state, we must celebrate artists’ contributions not only to the economy but to what makes us human.’ - CRNY Executive Director Sarah Calderon
From an initial pool of over 2,700 written applications, 167 were shortlisted for interviews with reviewers, and from that pool the final 98 recipients were selected. Ten artists from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming (GLOW) and Monroe and Erie counties joined, proposing artistic development for our upstate region and were the recipients of this major funding. The recipient organizations are GO ART!, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council; ACWC, Arts Council for Wyoming County; and GVCA, Genesee Valley Arts Council. Our group collaborative is aptly named the ‘GLOWcreatives’ and the following ten artists have been awarded:
Dan Butler is a Muralist / Painter and Illustrator in traditional and digital media. A primarily self taught artist he has created art on everything from painting sunflowers on an old grain silo to etching memorials on headstones. His passion for creating art was initially ignited by drawing comic books and superheroes, and expanded to painting and digital art. He spent close to 20 years working in print production creating graphic art and designing printed circuits. Dan now applies printing knowledge and production principles to his craft creating murals, paintings, children books, graphic design and whatever else inspires him. When he’s not creating, Dan loves to run, go camping, play volleyball, watch hockey, and spend time with his wife, 3 kids and granddaughter.
Ted, a percussionist and native of Cleveland, Ohio, has done extensive freelance work in the northeast United States performing classical music, theater, big band and jazz. His world music studies and performances include Ghanaian, Haitian, Brazilian and Senegalese drumming in a variety of ensembles. From his start as a lead pan player and founding member of the Pandemonium Steelband of Wesleyan University, Ted now performs with the steel drum here in the US as well as in Europe and Latin America. He performs in numerous styles, from Caribbean dance music to new classical works. Ted was the steel drum soloist in performances in Siena, Italy, Mexico City, Mexico and at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester, New York. He has performed as well with national champions “Phase II Pan Groove” in Trinidad and Tobago, and with numerous steelbands in Brooklyn, New York. Ted now leads the Panloco Steelband, the “Steel Alchemy” Community Steelband, and the RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) Steel Band. He performs with the Trinidad and Tobago Steelband, and has performed with “pan” players from Trinidad and around the world. Since 1993, Ted has been devoted to arts in education as a lead teaching artist. He has presented performances, workshops and residencies in schools, colleges, and community settings throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania. In addition to presentations of steelband and other world musics, Ted has used music to teach fundamental curriculum skills such as math, language skills, social studies, history and science, illuminating concepts to students and opening doors to multiple styles of learning.
Ruben T. Ornelas
Ruben T. Ornelas has taught dance at K-12 public schools, community colleges, universities and professional schools in the Americas, Europe, and East Africa. He has a BFA in Dance from Juilliard, and a MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Ornelas has had the privilege of presenting his work at venues in Canada, U.S. Mexico, Guatemala, and Uganda. He has been a Fulbright Specialist to Mexico and Guatemala, and an Artist in Residence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico.
Jill Pettigrew has been an Artist ever since receiving her first box of 64 Crayola Crayons at the age of five! Jill graduated summa cum laude from Edinboro University of PA, earning a degree in Art Education and a Master’s degree in Painting. Her career in the Arts spans several decades and includes teaching K through 12. In addition to 11 years spent as a high school Art teacher, Jill has been Paint & Sip Instructor; grocery store artist; owner & operator of her own teaching studio offering art classes and workshops; public mural designer and painter; Art show judge; adjunct Art Education professor at Nazareth college; and most recently, Winner of the 2021 “Taste of Buffalo” Poster Contest! As a trained and experienced Art teacher, Jill’s expertise not only lies in her knowledge and skills within a wide-variety of Visual Art mediums and genres, but she is passionate about simplifying techniques and processes, sharing and teaching others, specifically those who don’t consider themselves “artists” or who are intimidated by the Arts and art-making in general. Jill’s vision and mission is to help provide Arts-Participation Opportunities within our communities, taking a constructivist approach - to learn by doing! “Everyone IS creative and can experience the satisfaction, personal joy, and FUN of the Art-making process.” In addition to enjoying a wide variety of arts & crafts, Jill is an avid reader, loves cooking, baking, gardening, camping, fishing, playing games, working on house projects with her husband Jeremy, and hanging out with their 6 grandkids and 4 dogs.
Susan Ferrari Rowley
Susan have been an artist and arts educator her whole life, choosing both as a career. Her degrees are in Art Education, a Master of Science in Teaching, and a Master of Fine Arts. She is a Professor Emeritus at Monroe Community College. Susan's art exhibition career has spanned decades, with major exhibitions early in her career such as Young Americans, a selection of 50 artists under age 30 that represented the future, and the Venice Biennial of Sculpture 2018, where she was one of 30 selected sculptors Internationally.
Rashaad specializes in Creature suits and Special effects make-up for Tv, Music Videos, and Film. Over the last 12 years, Rashaad has become a leader for artistic quality and value in the special effects industry. In 2013 he competed in the hit TV Series "Faceoff" Earning the title of Champion of season 6. Since his appearance he has gone on to do live makeup demos for Comic conventions, as well as travel internationally and teach the art of SFX makeup. His facility in Batavia, New York is where he creates his detailed creations. He works in many different styles, producing two or three-dimensional pieces, and a wide range of art that include sculpture, carpentry and metal work. He has also crossed over to directing, he had a chance to direct his first feature "Beast of the Water" in 2016.
Gaitrie Subryan is a Guyanese born, Bronx raised, Buffalo based Choreographer, Dancer, Yoga Instructor and Teaching Artist, who loves to share her upbringing, culture and traditions through dance, yoga and visual art. She is honored to have worked with organizations that include Young Audiences of Western New York, Nichols Academy, Zodique Dance, and her own dance troupe, Devi Bollywood Performing Arts. Gaitrie’s work has been financially supported by Pick of Crop, NYSCA, Arts Services Initiative, and the Arts in Education Roundtable. She is a 2022 Women in Business honoree through the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College and a SPARK award nominee for Leading where you are, which celebrates and recognizes an individual from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. Gaitrie focuses on building and creating relationships within the community through her work. She recently produced her first short film titled “Speak Up, Speak Out” movement-based film that focuses on bringing the issue of domestic violence out of the shadows while encouraging healing conversations through the transformative power of dance, music, and storytelling. She holds endless gratitude for her family, friends, mentors and supporters who continue to support her through her journey and looks forward to continuing to share her love of her culture and traditions through dance.
Annette Daniels Taylor
Annette is an award winning theater artist, poet, and artist-filmmaker. The author of the children's series The Marvelous Marvella J.Q: Marvella Finds Her Magic (west44books, 2022) about an Afro-latina who talks to animals, and her novels in verse, Shoot the Storm (west44books, 2022) and Dreams on Fire (west44books, 2018). Poetic journeys following Black teenage girls facing challenges living in Buffalo, New York’s East side. As a filmmaker Annette's cinematic poems are screened and exhibited internationally. Her poems are featured in The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries Buffalo, New York's 15th Three Poems chapbook series. Other books include Street Pharmacist and other poetic tales; and Hush now, poems to read aloud. Honors include recipient of the Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employee Program, New York State Public Humanities fellow, Arthur A. Schomburg fellow, and Lincoln Center Education Leadership fellow.
Annette teaches Writing for Broadcast at SUNY Buffalo State College Communication Department and Acting with D'Youville University's Dramatic Theater Arts MFA program.
Paul is a potter based in Perry, New York who creates functional ceramic vessels meant to bring a touch of art and handmade connection into the moments we all take everyday to eat and drink. Paul graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2015 with a degree in Psychology, but was able to take Ceramics I & II under Carl Shanahan before the studio art programs were shut down by the college in the Spring of 2014. It was here that he discovered his love for transformational craft of wheel thrown ceramics. Under the generosity and mentorship of local potters Clare Keating and Mark Presher, and the support and encouragement of the Arts Council of Wyoming County, Paul was able to continue working on developing his skills. In March of 2017, Paul started selling his pottery under the name Pit’s Pots after receiving a Microenterprise grant through the Wyoming County Rural Arts Initiative which allowed him to invest in the equipment to make his pottery fully independently, and put full control of each step into his hands. A few months later in July of 2017, Mark Presher invited Paul to come and sell pottery and do demonstrations alongside him in his booth at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, the same booth Paul met Mark in visiting the faire as a small child with family, and saw his first pot being made on the wheel. He spends his Summer weekends sharing his pots and demonstrations with visitors to the booth, many who have never seen pottery in person before and leave with a new interest they didn’t know they had. And the wheel spins round.
Keith is a professional photographer and video producer from Geneseo, NY with over a decade of experience. After spending ten years working in media production for higher education, Keith opened The Gallery in the Valley and pursued his passion for visual arts full time. His experience in the field of photography and videography has taken him around the world for a variety of clients. At his core is a passion for storytelling and a love for the outdoors, which shows most predominantly in his landscape photography. His landscape photography seeks to inspire a sense of awe, incorporating large skies, bold colors and dramatic contrasts of light and dark. He currently lives in the village of Geneseo with his wife, Joanna, and their two children, Rowan and Finn.