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Higgins: $170,000 in federal grants for 7 local art organizations


Wed, Jun 7th 2023 07:20 pm

Funding said to support a range of projects and public programs 

Congressman Brian Higgins announced seven local art and cultural organizations were awarded federal grants totaling $170,000 through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

“Western New York’s thriving art community enriches the quality of life for those in the region, drives tourism, supports individual growth, and contributes to the regional economy,” Higgins said. “This array of awards demonstrates the quality and diversity of local organizations and the opportunities available for public engagement here in our community.”

•The Buffalo International Film Festival will receive $15,000 to support the festival and associated public programming. The annual festival, established in 2006, supports local filmmaking and brings independent work to Western New York. The Buffalo International Film Festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 5-9.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center was awarded $25,000 to support its workspace residency program. Offered twice a year, Squeaky Wheel’s residency offers artists and researchers working in media arts stipends, accommodations and additional support during a short window of time for those working on ongoing or new creative work.

•A $30,000 grant for Just Buffalo Literary Center will support literary programming. Just Buffalo Literary Center works to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts, hosting writing workshops, poetry events and author discussions.

•The Peace of the City will receive $25,000 to support Theater for All, a youth-focused theater exposure and enrichment program. In addition to offering inclusive access to the arts, the program develops life skills in the young participants including collaboration, taking direction, courage and empathy.

•The Western New York Book Arts Collaborative was awarded $30,000 to support Printing Partners, a free book arts education program for students. The program provides inclusive access to hands-on learning in book arts with a focus on artistic exposure and confidence-building.

•The Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts – CEPA will receive $25,000 to support the exhibition “Photography and the Holocaust: Then & Now,” which examines antisemitism, racism, and the inability of some to accept those who are different from themselves. CEPA promotes photographic and related media artists of all levels, supporting the arts community through exhibitions, education, and critical public access to image-making resources.

Nusantara Arts has been awarded $20,000 to support a series of concerts presenting gamelan music. Originating in Indonesia’s Island of Java, gamelan music is one of the oldest continuously played musical art forms in the world. Nusantara Arts looks to invite the community to an expansive experience in music and art, sparking dialogue about inclusion and cooperation.

The Western New York grants were part of $9.9 million in federal arts funding awarded in New York state, and $103 million awarded to organizations nationwide.

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