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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2006

Schumer Announces $83,000 For Art Programs In The Capital Region

National Endowment for the Arts Grants will Provide Support for Arts Programs in Saratoga, Washington and Albany Counties

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced five grants totaling $83,000 have been awarded to five organizations in the Capital Region by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for various arts programs. Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs will receive $10,000 to host a jazz program. The Corporation of Yaddo of Saratoga Springs in Saratoga County will receive $20,000 to provide residences for artists. The Mettawee Theatre Company, Inc. of Salem in Washington County will receive $18,000 to produce an opera. The Albany Symphony Orchestra, Inc. in Albany will receive $25,000 to host a music festival. The Research Foundation of the State University of New York in Albany will receive $10,000 for theatre productions. New York State received 28 NEA Grants, totaling $446,000 in federal dollars for arts programs.

"This is great news for the Capital Region,” 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.”

Skidmore College will use federal funds to support the “Skidmore Jazz Institute.” Hosted by the college’s Bernhard Theater, the two-week summer jazz program will include master classes, daily classes on improvisational techniques, private instruction and a mini-jazz festival.

The Corporation of Yaddo will use federal funds to support a series of creative residencies for professional artists working in literature, music, visual arts, and performance. Artists will receive housing, meals, studio and workspace for as long as one month.

Mettawee Theatre Company, Inc. will use federal funds to support the development and production of an original piece adapted from Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera version of The Nose, a 19th-century tale by Nikolai Gogol. Artistic director Ralph Lee will design and direct the outdoor production featuring puppets, masks, and giant scenic elements.

Albany Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will use federal funds to support the 2008 American Music Festival, Embracing the World. The festival will be the culmination of a season-long focus on music from, about, and influenced by cultures outside the western European tradition and will include performances of existing and commissioned works in concert halls, community centers and area schools.

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York will use federal funds to support the presentation of the Theatre Masterpiece series at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. The series will include the presentation of innovative theater ensembles performing new works and reinterpretations of classics.

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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