The Ontario Count Arts Council has been active for many years, based in Canandaigua, but serving residents of the entire county. The purpose of the Arts Council is to enhance the creative arts in our region, with eighty members at the present time. Members consist of visual and performing artists and citizens who appreciate and support, culture, art, music, and architecture. OCAC has been supporting artistic endeavors with monetary grants, scholarship grants, and restoration grants.
We host musical performances each year including our annual fall Spaghetti Opera, Irish Night in March, and in some years we also hold a Broadway Night. Proceeds from these affairs benefit our Mariner Family Arts Scholarship Fund. In June of 2016 we awarded a $2000 scholarship grant to a graduating senior from Victor High School who is majoring in Visual Arts this fall at S.U.N.Y. Purchase. The 2017 award will go to a promising Music Major from one of our nine public high schools in Ontario County.
OCAC also runs a Rotating Art Exhibit program for selected members. Rotating Exhibitors are juried in as space becomes available. We currently show painting and photography at ten office locations throughout the county. The host locations (Pearle Vision, CNB, Ortho Urgent Care, etc.) pay a $100 donation/fee each year, which also goes towards our grants and scholarship funds. Our website OCARTS.ORG lists and features artwork from the rotating artists.
OCAC also sponsors a Members Art Exhibit at least once a year. In 2015 it was held at the Wood Library, 2016 at Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame. Finger Lakes Community College was the site of our 2017 OCAC Members Show, and was on display for six weeks, February through March. A special exhibit by our members is at the Clifton Springs Hospital Gallery April 1 to June 30th of 2017.
Other local gallery shows and opportunities that we are aware of are shared with OCAC members via quarterly newsletters, on our website and by email.
The OCAC Board of Directors work closely with other organizations within the county, such as the Ontario County Historical Society, Granger Homestead, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and B.I.D., and the office of the Mayor of the City of Canandaigua.