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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2005

Schumer Announces $20,000 for North Country Documentary Project

National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) Grant Will Support Canton’s Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, Inc.

Schumer: Federal Funds Will Increase Awareness Of North Country Cultural Landmarks

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $20,000 in federal funding for a series of radio documentaries on North Country cultural landmarks. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Inc. (TAUNY) of Canton receives the funds as part of the National Endowment for the Art’s (NEA) Access to Artistic Excellence program. This program aims to foster and preserve excellence in the arts and increase access to the arts.

"This is great news for Canton,” Schumer said. “The North Country has amazing cultural landmarks that are worthy of recognition. These documentaries will expose the treasures of the area and allow New Yorkers to appreciate what our great state has to offer.”

The federal funds will support a series of radio documentaries based on TAUNY’s Register of Very Special Places (RSVP) project. RSVP is a “cultural landmarking” effort to create a register of sites in the North Country, such as diners, general stores, barber shops, Grange halls and community gathering places that are special to the life of its communities. The documentaries will introduce radio audiences to sites in the northern Adirondacks, Lake Champlain Valley and St. Lawrence Valley. They will also encourage the community to identify and document additional sites.

TAUNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture present in the North Country. TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions and to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists and aims to identify and promote regional identity while providing educational opportunities about folklore and local culture. The NEA grant for FY 2006 follows a $20,000 FY 2005 grant provided to support TAUNY’s folk arts program.

The NEA is dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts and bringing the arts to all Americans. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the NEA is dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts and bringing the arts to all Americans. Over 120,000 grants have brought art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases and have generated an average of seven dollars for each dollar awarded. Grants provided during FY 2006 will help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work.

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