The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts has been Livingston County’s official arts council for 50 years. The mission of the Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in the Livingston County area by encouraging and promoting the arts and cultural activities through support of artists, schools, and community groups.
A not-for-profit corporation, the Council is dedicated to the development and promotion of the arts and culture in this beautiful region of western New York. The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, was incorporated in 1971 and designated Livingston County’s official arts organization in 1974. Through the generosity of Livingston County, in 2008, GVCA expanded its current location at 4 Murray Hill Drive, adding the New Deal Gallery and Apartment One Gallery. Arts, culture, and movement classes and programming are held at GVCA. As the proud administer of grants from the Decentralization Program (DEC) formed by NYSCA in 1977, we are able to make arts support now, more than ever, available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse segments of the state’s population in Monroe and Livingston Counties.
The Arts Council manages three galleries at GVCA and holds various exhibit openings, arts and theater events throughout the year. We also support an array of programs and services for artists, arts and cultural organizations, students and the community at large. The Arts Council forms partnerships with businesses, schools, SUNY Geneseo, libraries, historical societies and other organizations and individuals to serve local artists and audiences. Our programs include an annual members exhibit, artists’ residencies in the schools, traditional arts presentations at various sites around the county, an annual high school student art exhibit, Community Arts Grants for arts and cultural projects, Individual Artists Grants, and Grants for Young Artists which support high school juniors’ and seniors’ study in the arts. In addition, we maintain an extensive registry of local artists, provide information and assistance, and publish ArtSphere, a biannual newsletter (monthly E-newsletter) for members containing the county’s most comprehensive arts and cultural calendar.
GVCA is a non-profit organization that receives some general operating funds from The New York State Council on the Arts and Livingston County. The remainder of funds are raised through membership and fundraising activities.