GENESEO, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2023 — Livingston County is demonstrating its commitment to a vibrant cultural landscape that enriches residents’ lives through its continued support of the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts (GVCA).
Headquartered on the County’s Murray Hill Campus at 4 Murray Hill Drive in Mount Morris, GVCA has promoted arts and culture in Livingston County and the Genesee Valley for more than 50 years. The organization administers grants, provides artist services, and offers year-round programming in its three galleries, which solicit work from regional artists. GVCA is currently home to one of the largest collections of artwork from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in its New Deal Collection. The New Deal gallery features more than 230 pieces of artwork by New Deal-commissioned artists, which GVCA displays on a rotating basis.
“We’re proud to be a supporter of art and culture and community partners like the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts,” said County Administrator Ian M. Coyle. “Investments like these are a reflection of our values as a community. I urge all our residents to visit our Murray Hill campus and explore what GVCA has to offer.”
Each year, the County provides funding resources for GVCA that help the organization achieve its mission, while continuing to expand programming and outreach efforts, said GVCA Executive Director Morgan Hellquist.
“GVCA has been so fortunate to be the recipient of generous financial support from Livingston County. Together, we are co-caretakers for the WPA New Deal Collection. The support received provides our building in kind, along with a stipend for the care of our collection. This funding provides us with a better capacity to dedicate our finances directly to community engagement, outreach and programming. We are able to offer year-round classes, kids’ camp and programming at low cost, community outreach including our Folk Arts program and Creative Artists Migrant Program Services. These, along with our grant programs, provide a multitude of opportunities for our community. This support reaches beyond our local community and directly supports tourism to Livingston County with visitors from across the globe, traveling to visit our WPA collection. This year, we welcomed guests from Canada, Japan, and England, as well as many of the 50 states,” stated Hellquist.
For more on GVCA, call (585) 243-6785 or visit https://gvartscouncil.org/.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.