CNY Arts, Inc.


Grants Panelists

Become a panelist for CNY Arts!


Who can serve as a panelist?

CNY Arts peer review panelists are artists, cultural workers, and community leaders who carefully review and score grant applications and participate in a panel review session. This peer review panel process determines the distribution of grant funds to artists, collectives, and organizations applying for arts and cultural funding in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley communities.

Our panelists have a deep knowledge and familiarity of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties, and have expertise in an artistic discipline, arts administration, or grassroots / community arts programming.

CNY Arts strives to create a fair and impartial panel environment that is representative of the diversity of our six-county region and of our applicant pool, and therefore seeks to craft panels that are diverse in terms of ethnicity, gender identity, age, cultural background, geographic location, and artistic focus.


How does it work?

Panelists are an integral component of the CNY Arts grant funding process. Panelists review and score projects that are proposed in the grant applications received by CNY Arts to determine the distribution of grant funds to local artists, collectives, and organizations. Selected panelists will be assigned to a panel meeting and will receive a handbook and the evaluation criteria for scoring. Panelists will then carefully review and score between 10 to 40 applications through the Submittable platform and then meet for a Panel Meeting. Scores are finalized after a deliberation session. These final scores determine which applications will be funded and the award amounts for each grantee.


How do I sign up?

If you are interested in serving as a panelist (or if you would like to nominate someone else), please contact:

Hannah Frieser, Director of Grants and Programs

(315) 435-2158


Past Panelists*

Josh Adams

David Beale

Martha Beck

Jennifer Brofer

Jason Cicci

Sheila Cohen

Robin Curtis

Michael Daley

Carey Eidel

John Ginty

Tula Goenka

Louise Felker

Emily Gibbons

Bob Haight

John Hoeschele

Nathan Loda

Crystal Lyon

Beth MacRae

Chris Merkley

David Neal

Kendall Phillips

Ann Siegel

Pavani Srinivasani

Kim Walsh

JoAnn Wickman


*We are in the process of updating this list with current panelists.