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Community turns out to support arts grants

Bucky Seiden, left, recipient of an arts education grant, shows off her plans to help Chazy Central Rural School students create a mosaic for the Plattsburgh Airport with help from Chazy High School art teacher Margaret Gruetzmacher.

Bucky Seiden, left, recipient of an arts education grant, shows off her plans to help Chazy Central Rural School students create a mosaic for the Plattsburgh Airport with help from Chazy High School art teacher Margaret Gruetzmacher. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— The ceremony not only brought artists together, it also brought in two representatives of New York state government—Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Congressman Bill Owens.

Duprey lauded the efforts of different arts groups around the region, and promised to contact the State Council on the Arts and the State Comptroller’s Office to figure out how to expedite the process.

”It’s the volunteers who are getting this done,” Duprey said. “Every time I stop at one of these great exhibits, not only do I realize that we have amazing volunteers, but we also have incredible talent at every level.”

Owens, whose daughter-in-law, Emily Owens, is the Education Coordinator at the NCCCA, agreed with Duprey.

“The people are coming together to accomplish good things for the rest of us,” Owens said. “This is one of those good things. We are establishing an arts center that every community needs and I look forward to continuing to support this endeavor.”

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