Upstate Theatre Coalition for a Fairgame awarded over $167,000 to 44 local arts organizations

SCHENECTADY—The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame has awarded over $167,000 Fairgame Arts Grants to 44 non-profit arts and cultural organizations in the three New York state casino regions: Capital Region, Catskills and Southern Tier.

Earlier this year, organizations across the state in these three regions were invited to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The gaming revenues of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, Resorts World Catskills, del Lago Resort & Casino and Tioga Downs Casino Resort fund these grants.

The Upstate Theatre Coalition for a Fairgame, consisting of 12 performing arts organizations, was established in collaboration with the casinos to promote economic cooperation. Demonstrating its community commitment, the coalition launched the Fairgame Arts Grants to support programs benefiting organizations in the associated regions.

“Being able to award our local arts organizations is truly an incredible honor,” says John Parkhurst, board chair. “The arts are the heartbeat of our communities, bringing people together, fostering creativity and enriching our lives in countless ways. It is inspiring to see the profound impact these organizations have, not just in terms of cultural enrichment, but also in building stronger, more vibrant communities.”

Across the state, 44 grants were awarded amounting to $167,750. Regionally, the Capital Region received $50,100; the Catskills Region received $80,000 and the Southern Tier received $37,650.

The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame includes Bardavon (Poughkeepsie), Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel), Clemens Center (Elmira), Forum Theatre (Binghamton), Palace Performing Arts Center (Albany), Proctors (Schenectady), West Herr Auditorium Theatre (Rochester), Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs City Center, State Theatre of Ithaca, MVP Arena (Albany) and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The following is a list of all awardees:

Capital Region

  • 440 State St. Inc. dba ElectriCity Arts and Entertainment District, $5,000
  • Albany Barn Inc., $2,800
  • Albany Center Galleries, Inc. dba Albany Center Gallery, $5,000
  • Albany County Historical Association, Ten Broeck Mansion, $2,400
  • Albany Pro Musica, Inc., $5,000
  • Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY, Inc., $1,900
  • City of Schenectady dba Music Haven, $4,000
  • New York Folklore, $5,000
  • Opera Saratoga, $5,000
  • Saratoga Chamber Players, Inc. $4,000
  • TAP Inc., $5,000
  • The Orchard Project, $5,000


  • AMR Artists Inc., $2,000
  • Ancram Opera House Theater, Inc., $4,250
  • Arm-of-the-Sea Productions, Inc., $4,000
  • Athens Cultural Center, $4,250
  • Bridge Street Theatre, $3,500
  • Catskill Mountain Shakespeare, $4,000
  • Catskills Folk Connection, $4,250
  • Coming Together Festival of Dance & Music, Inc dba The Vanaver Caravan, $3,500
  • Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, $4,500
  • Forestburgh Playhouse, $4,500
  • Gardiner Library, $1,500
  • Hudson Opera House, Inc. dba Hudson Hall, $4,250
  • Kingston Midtown Arts District/ D.R.A.W., $4,500
  • Nego Gato Inc., $3,700
  • NYTOS, $3,300
  • Pan American Dance Foundation, Inc. dba/ Woodstock Playhouse, $4,500
  • PS21: Center for Contemporary Performance, $4,250
  • Red Hook Public Library, $1,500
  • Round The Bend Theatre Inc., $3,000
  • Roxbury Arts Group, $3,000
  • The Rosendale Theatre Collective, $3,500
  • Youth Ensemble Theater, Inc., $4,250

Southern Tier

  • 171 Cedar Arts Center, $2,150
  • A Magical Journey Thru Stages, Inc., $5,000
  • Civic Ensemble, Inc., $5,000
  • Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, $2,000
  • Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc., DBA Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, $5,000
  • Endicott Performing Arts Center, $4,000
  • John W. Jones Museum, $3,000
  • Community Music Education, $4,500
  • Southern Finger Lakes Pride (SoFLX Pride), $5,000
  • The Binghamton Theater Organ Society (BTOS), $2000