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ANCA announces 2009 grant winners

The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks is pleased to announce the recipients of 2009 Developing Community Arts Grants awarded to cultural nonprofit organizations in Essex and southern Franklin counties.

The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks has awarded $38,500 for 31 arts and culturally related projects taking place in Essex and southern Franklin counties in 2009, through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program. This program, also called Developing Community Arts (DCA) Grants Administrated by ACNA in Essex and Southern Franklin counties, distributes state art funds and encourages local involvement in funding decisions affecting community cultural organizations and programs.

Art and cultural organizations, libraries, youth groups, towns, service groups, and other local nonprofit groups offering artistic or cultural services or programs to residents of Essex or southern Franklin Counties were all eligible to apply. DCA funding is available to support professional level arts activities benefiting the public in theater, dance, music, film, video, literature, visual arts, museums, and historical/cultural activities or art workshops held for the benefit of the general public. Individual artists may apply through a nonprofit sponsor.

The DCA Grant Program is a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program and is administered by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks. The Decentralization Program was begun in 1977 in accordance with its mandate from the Legislature to encourage participation in the state's cultural funding process at the local level. Decentralization funding for local arts activities is available in all of the state's counties and remains one of NYSCA's most dynamic means of making arts and cultural programs available to diverse segments of the state's population.

Of the applicants receiving funding, there were five new applicants and three artist-initiated projects. A panel of seven regional Essex and southern Franklin county residents who are respected professionals in their fields, evaluated the project proposals. The group of panelists included: artists, art administrators, musicians, a town supervisor, and others whom reflect a broad-based representation of the cultural needs of our communities. The ACNA Board of Trustees approved the panel's recommendations. All requests to the Decentralization Program are intended to serve and benefit local residents and are open to public attendance and/or participation.

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