State Funding Awarded to Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts / Carnegie Art Center

August 9, 2005
The Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts / Carnegie Art Center has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to fund the Decentralization Regrant Program, entitled Arts Niagara, for support of arts projects in Niagara County, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today.

Schimminger explained, “Decentralization grants add an important element of local control to state funding for the arts. The Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts / Carnegie Art Center will act as administrator of this pot of money, which will be available for smaller grants to Niagara County arts organizations that would not otherwise receive support from the state arts council.” He cited theater and dance companies and organizations providing arts programming as one part of their mission as types of entities that might be expected to apply for funding through the Decentralization Regrant Program.

Ellen Ryan, director of the Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts / Carnegie Art Center, said, “We are really pleased to receive this level of support from NYSCA for the second year. Keeping this program within Niagara County to fund local arts projects is not only helpful to small arts organizations, it enables Niagara County to maintain its own cultural identity especially in uncertain economic times. The arts are fundamental to the quality of life in all communities and we are pleased to support them here in Niagara County.”

Schimminger concluded, “This state support will help the Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts / Carnegie Art Center and other local arts organizations continue to enrich the fabric of life in our community.”