Continuing a 12-year-old tradition, The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is celebrating “Art Awareness Month” where local businesses, artists, schools, and cultural organizations will present a wide array of different performances, exhibitions and programs all throughout the month.
A performance of an African folk tale by the Forum Players kicks off this week at Genesee Community College, followed by a Batavia Players’ rendition of “Richard III,” and Genesee Chorale’s presentation of “An Irish Celebration.” Some of the activities will include a visit from best-selling author of “A Tale of three Counties,” Garth Stein, who will attend four discussions and booksignings in Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.
Kelly Kiebala, the executive director of GO ART!, admits her astonishment with the quantity of high-quality art and cultural programs that she has encountered during this year’s “Art Awareness Month.” To celebrate the event, GO ART! has opened several brand-new gallery spaces, and plans on presenting their annual decentralization grant awards ceremony this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the GO ART! Cultural Center (201 East Main Street). These grants are awarded through the state Council on the Arts’ decentralization program – locally managed by GO ART! – which will help finance close to two-dozen artists and art/ cultural organizations.