Artpark & Company was awarded $100,000 by the Host Communities Standing Committee at a re-vote Friday afternoon. The Town of Lewiston sponsored the funding request. Money will help offset costs associated with Artpark & Company's interactive children's and family festivals and programming.
The committee denied the request March 16 when a consensus "Yes" vote could not be reached. Artpark & Company received a majority affirmative vote this time around. The Town of Lewiston, the Lewiston-Porter School District, Niagara County, the City of Niagara Falls School District, the City of Niagara Falls, the Niagara-Wheatfield School District and the Town of Niagara all voted "Yes" to the New York Power Authority's lone "No" vote.
Artpark & Company has planned an expansion of its Fairy House Festival, a new program titled "Earthsong, Storytelling from the Tuscarora Residents," a percussion garden, a "living laboratory," a theatrical presentation of "Hansel and Gretel," and an outdoor dance carnival with Baila Brazil.
NYPA, which also cast the lone "No" vote in March, is providing the funding as part of its 2007 relicensing agreement, wherein the Greenway Commission and Greenway funding was established.
The Host Communities Standing Committee is responsible for administering and allocating the Greenway recreation/tourism fund consisting of $3 million provided annually to support the construction and/or rehabilitation of parks, recreation and related facilities for the purpose of redefining the Niagara riverfront, promoting tourism, enhancing the environment, and advancing the economic revitalization of the Niagara River Greenway within Niagara County.