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NYSCA Grant Recipients

Ja:goh Hayden Haynes, Seneca, Deer Clan and Darelyn Spruce, Seneca, Hawk Clan, For receiving the NYS Arts Council grant for Folk and Traditional Arts, Seneca Bone Carving!

The ARTS Council announces $90,000 awarded to local artists and tradition bearers! January 6, 2022 |

This new grant initiative from the New York State Council on the Arts is designed to assist the arts sector recover from the impact of COVID-19. Two areas, Support for Individual Artists Grants and Folk & Traditional Art Apprenticeships speak directly to the mission of The ARTS Council to empower artists, foster creativity and economic vitality, create diverse connections and collaborations, and champion innovation and equity with the arts to cultivate a dynamic community. Throughout the summer and early fall, The ARTS Council’s staff worked to bring awareness about this opportunity to our region’s artists, assisted participants through the application process, and sponsored their grant proposals.

The ARTS Council’s awardees span four counties – Cattaraugus, Chemung, Steuben, and Tompkins. Each week will highlight an artist and their proposed project.

Master Artist: Hayden Haynes, Seneca – Deer Clan
Apprentice: Darelyn Spruce, Seneca – Hawk Clan
County: Cattaraugus
Artistic Area: Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Title: Seneca Bone Carving
Project Summary: Hayden Haynes will teach Darelyn Spruce the Seneca tradition of bone and antler carving. These carvings may take many forms, including rattles, three-dimensional figures, relief-carved medallions, beads, bone combs and more. They incorporate Haudenosaunee iconography and images drawn from Haudenosaunee cosmology and history.