Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) today was pleased to continue her support for local arts and cultural projects through the decentralization program of the New York State Council on the Arts, an effort to drive funding to arts and cultural projects in our area.
“Local arts add so much to the quality of life in our communities, and I am proud to support opportunities to help provide adequate funding,” said Rabbitt. “Artistic expression can come in many forms, from theater, dance and ballet, music performances from jazz bands to orchestras, and so on. I am glad to help, to bring opportunities to the community and its people. It is not just a chance to witness something captivating but also an opportunity for future artists to follow their dreams.”
The New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization program was founded in 1977 in order to encourage more participation in cultural funding at the local level across New York State. This program has been designed to support a wide range of community-based arts programs and help make the most effective programs and grants available to geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse regions throughout our state.
There are a variety of local arts programs that have benefited from the decentralization program and will continue to offer artistic and cultural opportunities throughout the 97th Assembly District, including Arts in Orange, Warwick Valley Jazz Festival, Tuxedo Park Library, Elant, Creative Theater Group, Music in Central Valley and Song of the Valley Sweet Adelines. A complete list of this year’s recipients in Orange and Rockland counties can be found by visiting the program’s website at www.nysca.org/grant_app/org_search.cfm.
Arts groups and organizations or other members of the community who would like to share information about their projects or programs are encouraged to join the online discussion with Assemblywoman Rabbitt by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.