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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2006

Schumer Announces $100,000 For Arts Programs In The Hudson Valley

National Endowment for the Arts Grants will Provide Support for Arts Programs and Projects

Federal Funds Will Go To Organizations in Pleasantville, Woodstock, Warwick, Annandale-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie and Rosendale

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced eight federal grant totaling $100,000 have been awarded to 6 organizations in the Hudson Valley by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc. of Pleasantville in Westchester County will receive $5,000 to produce a film series. The Woodstock Film Festival, Inc. of Woodstock in Ulster County will receive $7,500 to host a film festival. Dancing Crane, Inc. of Warwick in Orange County will receive $10,000 to support a series of concerts. Bard College of Annandale-on-Hudson in Dutchess County will receive three grants totaling $37,500 to host a music festival, promote a new website and publish a journal. The Dutchess County Arts Council, Inc. of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County will receive $10,000 for the Dutchess County Artistic Map and related activities. The Women’s Studio Workshop, Inc. of Rosendale in Ulster County will receive $20,000 to create residences for artists. New York State received 28 NEA Grants, totaling $446,000 in federal dollars for arts programs.

"This is great news for the Hudson Valley,” 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.”

Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc. will use federal funds to support the curated film series “Works in Progress and New Black Filmakers Showcase”. Approximately 14 films will be screened for an audience of 1,300 people.

Woodstock Film Festival, Inc. will use federal funds to support the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. The event includes screenings, panels, workshops and concerts.

Dancing Crane, Inc. will use federal funds to support a series of traditional Georgian music and dance concerts. The project is designed to increase the public’s knowledge of Georgian culture and contribute to the cultural life of the Georgian community.

Bard College will receive three grants for three separate projects. The $10,000 grant will be used to support the Bard Music Festival. The project will explore the music of Sir Edward Elgar and his contemporaries by presenting a range of musical forms including symphonic, choral, chamber, and piano music and songs. A second grant of $30,000 will be used to support the continued development and promotion of Words Without Borders, an interactive Web site devoted to international literature. The project will focus on writing from Central and Southeast Asia, Yemen and Qatar, and the Muslim Balkans. The final grant of $7,500 will be used to support the publication and promotion of the journal Conjunctions, published twice a year. Each issue of the journal has a unifying theme and averages more than 400 pages per issue.

The Dutchess County Arts Council, Inc. will use federal funds to support the creation and installation of the Dutchess County Artistic Map and related activities. One visual artist from among the six finalists will be selected imminently to create the Artistic Map, a public art project which may be realized in an appropriate visual medium and may be a traditional map or a creative re-imaging of the idea of a map. The artwork will be located in the historic Poughkeepsie Train Station, where it will be seen by resident daily commuters and recreational travelers. A brochure featuring the Artistic Map and other public art throughout the county also will be produced. Plans for the map’s unveiling event include a musical concert.

The Women’s Studio Workshop, Inc. will use federal funds to support residences for artists at a print and paper making facility. Artists will be provided with a stipend, housing, studio space, technical and production assistance, a materials allowance, and travel costs for an eight week residency.

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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