The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC), located at 81 State Street, Stephens Square Bldg Suite 501, Binghamton announced United Cultural Fund (UCF) Grants for 2014 of more than $233,000, during a Wednesday morning news conference. Grants went to sixteen arts and cultural non-profit organizations and 4 individual artists, including a composer, a playwright, a muralist and a filmmaker. UCF grants are supported by contributions to BCAC’s annual UCF Campaign. Major investors  include the Hoyt Foundation, the Broome County Legislature, Decker Foundation, Gaffney Foundation, M & T Bank, IBM, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, The Akel Family, Security Mutual Life Insurance Co. of NY, Gene & Judy Peckham and other local businesses, corporations and individuals.

UCF 2014

2014 UCF General Operating Support Grants Recipients:
Tri-Cities Opera $60,400
Roberson Museum & Science Center $58,500
Binghamton Philharmonic $54,193
Endicott Performing Arts Center $22,993
Art Mission & Theater $12,693
Goodwill Theatre, Inc $  6,500
Cider Mill Playhouse $  5,000


2014 UCF Project Grants Recipients:
Binghamton Center for Writers
“The Binghamton Poetry Project” community workshops
Binghamton Downtown Singers
“Spring Concert 2014”
Binghamton Youth Symphony
“Annual Spring Concert 2014”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton
“After School Digital Photography Workshops for Underserved Youth”
Brian Murphy, filmmaker
“Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image”
First Ward Action Council, Inc
“Art for the Aging III: Celebrate Seniors”
Kady Perry, muralist
“Flying into the Future” mural project
Lori Ann Dayton, playwright
“Betrayed”, staged reading of an original musical drama
Madrigal Choir of Binghamton
“Choral Treasurers of Eastern Europe”, featuring “Svitanya”
Phelps Mansion Museum
“Second Sunday at the Phelps” chamber music series
Santino Roma DeAngelo
“Another Happy Ending” workshop production
SRO Productions III
The Musical “Bare: a Pop Opera”
Windsor Whip Works Art Center, Inc
“Anatomy for Artists” classes
$  770

Broome County is one of only 7 communities in the State of New York with an active combined campaign for the arts. Now in its 27th year, the UCF is a unique community resource whose recipients last year returned about $4 million to Broome County’s economy, generated significant income for other businesses, and supported about 1,500 full, part-time and contract jobs. For more information, call Sharon Ball at Broome County Arts Council 607-723-4620 or e-mail sball@broomearts.org.