FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2005

Schumer Announces Over $77,000 for Rochester Arts Creation and Film Preservation

National Endowment For The Arts Grants Will Support Creation Of Original Dance Performance, Publication Of New Poetry And Preservation Of Films

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $42,500 for the George Eastman House, $25,000 for BOA Editions, Ltd. and $10,000 for Garth Fagan Dance, Inc. The groups received the grants through 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 a great day for Rochester and art lovers everywhere,@ Schumer said. “This money will go a long way in increasing appreciation for the arts. Anytime we can support the creation of new pieces or the preservation of our artistic history we must.”

The George Eastman House will use its federal money to support the preservation of endangered films such as Cecil B. DeMille’s For Better or Worse (1919). Federal funds given to BOA Editions, Ltd. will be used to support the production, promotion and related expenses for publishing new poetry volumes. Garth Fagan Dance, Inc. will use its $10,000 to support the creation and presentation of a new work by Garth Fagan that will premiere at the Joyce Theater in New York and tour across the United States and overseas.

The George Eastman House, an independent non-profit museum, is an educational institution that tells the story of photography and motion pictures. The Eastman House is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the world’s oldest film archives. It opened to the public in 1949. BOA Editions, Ltd. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, not-for-profit publishing house. Founded in 1976 by the late poet, editor and translator, A. Poulin, Jr., BOA has published more than 170 books of American poetry and poetry in translation. Garth Fagan founded Garth Fagan Dance in 1970. The company has received the New York Governor’s Arts Award and has had five dancers win “Bessie” awards.

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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