CASTILE — The Cordelia A. Greene Library, 11 South Main St., received a $2,500 grant from the Wyoming Foundation to hold eight workshops showcasing different art forms.
The workshops, part of the First Friday Family Fun Nights, will continue through April 2023.
Four of the eight award-winning programs have already been booked. The schedule includes:
not September 2, Cassie Argeros, “Recycle, Reduce and Reinvent”.
not October 7: Gaitrie Subryan, “Festivals of India”.
not November 4: Janice Spagnola, “FUNdamentals in Mime”.
not December 2, Charis Humphrey, “Hip-hop dance workshop”.
For more information or to register for one of the events, call the library at (585) 493-5466.
In March, the library launched First Friday Family Fun Nights to encourage arts education in the Wyoming County community. On the first Friday of each month, an artist visits the library and leads a workshop to teach customers, young and old, about their craft.
RIngo Brill taught World Drumming to 27 people at the Family Fun Night on the first Friday in April.
The Cordelia A. Greene Library is one of seven local organizations to receive funding from the Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Library manager Rebecca Connolly said she strives to select programs that appeal to the widest age range possible. Another priority of First Friday Family Fun Nights is that the programs should all be unique from each other.
“Art takes so many forms and the library wants to incorporate as many as possible,” Connolly said. “Visual arts, performing arts and education about art in other cultures, every month will be a new experience.”
Connolly scheduled all previous First Friday Family Fun Nights with Young Western New York Audiences, now known as Arts for Learning WNY, to achieve the library’s goal of presenting diverse programming.
The eight grant-funded programs are also programmed by Arts for Learning WNY, which works with a large number of artists in the Wester New York area and sends them to many schools and libraries.
This makes the artists very experienced teachers in settings similar to the Library of Castile, according to Connolly.
The Wyoming Foundation, established in 1974, is a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Wyoming Foundation supports a variety of cultural, educational, and human service organizations in Wyoming County.
For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community to connect people, ideas, and resources to improve lives in the western New York.
The Cordelia A. Greene Library, established in 1897 under the aegis of the Board of Regents, was established by physician and philanthropist Cordelia Agnes Greene. The current building is a compact version of the classic revival. It was built in 1902 opposite the sanatorium on land donated by Dr. Greene. The mission of the Cordelia A. Greene Library is to provide a welcoming environment for the lifelong learning and creativity of its community.