Rep. Randy Kuhl Hosts National Endowment for the Arts at Workshop for New York Nonprofit Arts Organizations
Arts and community groups learn more about NEA grant process
May 15, 2006
Washington, D.C. – Representative Randy Kuhl of New York's 29th District today hosted a special workshop conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for local nonprofit community arts organizations. The workshop was part of the agency's outreach to New York arts organizations to inform them about federal arts funding opportunities and to encourage them to apply for Arts Endowment grants.
At a press conference before the workshop, NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Eileen Corwin Mason explained the purpose of the workshop. "The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting the arts in communities throughout the country,” said Ms. Mason. "I am delighted to be here in Elmira today to encourage local arts organizations to apply for federal arts grants.”
Rep. Kuhl also announced that an arts organization in the 29th district had been awarded a grant by the Arts Endowment for 2007. The Corning Museum of Glass was awarded a $10,000 Challenge America: Reaching Every Community grant to support the translation of the museum's audio guides into Spanish and Mandarin.
"Elmira is an excellent location for this NEA grant workshop and I am grateful to the NEA for their assistance," said Representative Kuhl. "The NEA joins with local arts organizations in further strengthening our local arts community, as they have with the Corning Museum of Glass. This funding will go a long way in helping our area attract and accommodate more visitors from around the world, which in turn means jobs for the area."
Dr. David Whitehouse, Executive Director of the Corning Museum of Glass also participated in the press conference. "The Corning Museum of Glass is delighted to receive this grant from the NEA,” said Dr. Whitehouse. "We have embarked on a program to provide our visitors with recorded tours, and the NEA's support will help us to provide tours to the many thousands of visitors who do not speak English as their first language. We are thrilled that the NEA supports our initiative and we take pride in this national recognition of our efforts."
The press conference and grants workshop were held at Elmira College. Deputy Chairman Mason led the free session, which included a discussion of federal opportunities for projects that:
This year, the National Endowment for the Arts marks its 40th anniversary of leadership in the arts. The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts – both new and established – bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
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