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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2006

Schumer Announces Over $57,000 For Arts Programs In Western New York

National Endowment for the Arts Grants will Provide Support for Arts Programs in Buffalo

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced three federal grants totaling $57,500 are being awarded to three cultural programs in Buffalo by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). White Pine Inc. will receive $25,000 to participate in a new publishing project. Hallwalls, Inc. will receive $20,000 to support the Artist in Residence Project. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. will receive $12,500 to support new performances by American composers. New York State received 28 NEA Grants, totaling $446,000 in federal dollars for arts programs.

"This is great news for Buffalo,” Schumer said. AThe arts enrich the region’s quality of life and revitalize the local economy by boosting tourism. These local shows, concerts and art programs foster creativity and give our entire community more opportunities to experience the arts in a diverse number of ways.”

White Pine Inc. will use federal funds to support the translation, publication and promotion of titles in the World of Voices Publishing Project. White Pine will expand its web site to include additional author information, excerpts, study guides, and easy ordering capabilities. Hallwalls, Inc. will use federal funds to support the Artist in Residence Project for the creation and presentation of new works. Artists will receive stipends, allotments for materials, fabrication, and workspace; access to equipment and technical support; and opportunities for public presentation and interaction with local artists and community members. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. will use federal funds to support residencies and performances by American composers. Performances of works by David Felder, John Harbison, and Roger Reynolds will take place during the “June in Buffalo” new music festival and in Kleinhans Music Hall.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts and bringing the arts to all Americans. Established by Congress in 1965, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. The grants awarded this round will support arts education projects for children and youth, projects that present and/or preserve artistically excellent work, and grants that distribute 40 percent of the agency=s program funds to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six regional arts organizations. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts require at least a one-to-one match and generate, on average, seven dollars for each dollar awarded.

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