Schimminger Secures State Funds for Two Local Projects

November 21, 2003

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that he has secured funding for two community organizations in the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

"I’m pleased to be able to announce that The Carnegie Art Center will be receiving $5,000 from the state to help fund The Clubhouse and Artcamp Day," said Schimminger. "These two activities are part of Carnegie’s year-round Children's Art Education Program."

"The Clubhouse will be an interactive exhibition, created by artist Lilah Freedland in collaboration with local youth groups," said Ellen Ryan, Director of the Carnegie Art Center. "This project will provide a unique opportunity for local children to work with a professional visual artist." Participating groups will include schools within the Tonawandas and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, as well as youth groups involved with the Carnegie Art Center’s Children’s Art Education Program. The Clubhouse exhibition will open on June 19 during Artcamp Day, the Carnegie’s annual outdoor visual and performing arts event, which features drawing, painting, clay, mural creation and dance performances. Activities on Artcamp Day are provided free of charge to families from throughout Western New York.

Schimminger also announced that the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc. will receive $2,500 in state funding to purchase portable display cases. "The Historical Society’s museum display space is limited, making many artifacts in their collection inaccessible to the public," Schimminger said. "These portable display cases will enable the Society to implement their ‘Heritage Partnership Program,’ placing portable museum displays in local businesses, civic buildings and libraries.

"On behalf of everyone involved with the Historical Society, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Assemblyman Schimminger. These portable cases will allow us to get out in the community and display many precious artifacts that have been stored away for years," said Jane Penvose, Museum Curator for the Historical Society.