Tompkins County Public Library Announces 2019 Artist-in-Community

Tompkins County Public Library Media ReleaseDate: January 15, 2019Media Contact: Kerry Barnes at or (607) 272-4557, ext 232

ITHACA— The Tompkins County Public Library is very proud to announce Scott Hitz has been selected as the Library Artist-in-Community for 2019. 


Hitz received an “Artist in Community Grant,” a program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the local Community Arts Partnership. 


“I’m so happy to be this year’s Artist in Community,” Hitz said. “I instantly fell in love with Ithaca and its people when my wife and I moved here five years ago, and I am very excited to share my chosen art of Puppetry with the Tompkins County community through the Library and the many different programs and classes we have planned throughout the year. The final enterprise of my tenure will be a giant parade-style puppet that I will design with the help of the community called the Ithaca Giant. I look forward to meeting many new faces and learning more about this wonderful town we now call home.” 


TCPL Makerspace Librarian Cady Fontana replied, “We’re thrilled to welcome Scott as the Artist in Community! We are excited to work with him to offer fun, creative programming that brings together all ages in play and storytelling. Puppets can take many forms. In exploring this media we will utilize high-tech and low-tech tools and methods to bring our visions to life!”


The public is invited to meet Hitz at the February 1st Gallery Night and Exhibits Kick-Off event at the Library beginning at 6:00pm. Frances Gallardo, the 2018 TCPL Artist in Community, will be exhibiting her capstone work from her residency along with “Draw A Line,” an exhibit exploring the Mexican-US Border, the winners of the 31st Annual Human Rights Arts Competition (K-12 grade), collaborative art creation with the Open Art Hive, and musical performances by Juliette Ramírez Corazón, Abbe Lyons, and Sharon Beltaine, as well as Mijail Martinez.


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