Ever since its founding as a music conservatory downtown, Ithaca College has supported artists and art education around the world, but that has always started at home, in Ithaca and Tompkins County.
Last month, the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) honored IC and its nearly 25-year relationship with CAP, giving the college the Friends of the Arts Award in recognition of “IC’s support of the arts through its top quality academic programing, community collaborations and leadership in supporting the arts throughout Tompkins County.” Usually given to individuals, this was the first time the award was given to an organization.
CAP’s board president John Saunders, of Tompkins Financial Corporation, presented the award Nov. 20 at a breakfast with CAPS supporters at La Tourelle Hotel. Saunders does not have to look far to see IC’s connection to the local arts community. Its reach extends all the way into his home, he said. His two boys are cellists who study and play at IC on Saturdays.
“So far beyond that though, IC’s accessibility and its impact on the arts community touch everyone in the area,” he said. “CAP could not survive and exist without the support of Ithaca College. This is just a small token to thank IC.”
IC’s President Shirley M. Collado accepted the award but said it was anything but small.