The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS), the area’s premier heritage museum, recently announced a grant award from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York state’s $105 million investment in the arts for fiscal year 2022, NYSCA has awarded more than $80 million since June.
As shared by Gov. Kathy Hochul, “The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential that we do all that we can to help this industry thrive once again. These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer, and with this funding in hand they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but also help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.”
“NYSCA applauds Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for their responsive investment of $105 million for the nonprofit arts and culture sector. 2022 will continue to bring change, and the Chenango County Historical Society will play a vital role in the renewal of our state’s economy and creative ecosystem,” said Mara Manus, NYSCA executive director. “On behalf of the entire NYSCA team, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations on your award.”
CCHS was also recognized by NYSCA Council Chair Katherine Nicholls: “ council congratulates the Chenango County Historical Society on its grant award! New York state arts and culture organizations inspire New Yorkers and cultivate community in every region.”
“Thanks to this extraordinary financial investment, the future of our organization is very promising, indeed,” said CCHS Executive Director Jessica Moquin. “Being a recipient of this funding is extremely inspiring and affirming. This tremendous support ensures that the unique cultural heritage of Chenango County will continue to be shared and celebrated.”
Following an extensive strategic planning process last year, CCHS shifted its focus from solely a curator of local history to a community partner, an educational resource, and a regional destination. The museum’s reaffirmed mission – to lead and support the advancement of research, education and enjoyment of Chenango County history – is guiding the organization as it works to accomplish the goals identified in this strategic plan.
First established in 1939, CCHS is the primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County. The organization celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories of the region.