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NIAGARA COUNCIL OF THE ARTS DISTRIBUTES GRANTS TO COUNTY GROUPS

The Music School of Niagara will receive the largest grant of the 27 awarded under a state program administered by the Niagara Council of the Arts.

Non-profit arts groups in Niagara County will share $30,000 in state arts decentralization money, according to Marion Calandrelli, the Arts Council's coordinator for the funding program. Recipients were chosen by a special committee set up by the council.

The Music School, located at 1702 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, will use its $2,300 grant to fund a two-week summer music day camp for music students in 1998.

The other grants awarded:

Niagara Summer Fine Arts, Niagara Falls, $2,250 toward performing arts workshops; Niagara Falls Housing Authority, $2,100 for storytelling, dance and music programs; Tonawandas Council on the Arts, North Tonawanda, $1,835 for its ARTCAMP Day and an outdoor jazz concert; Planned Parenthood of Niagara County, $1,800 for the STARS theater group; Niagara Falls Little Theatre, $1,750 toward its spring production.

Also, Lewiston Council on the Arts, $1,500 for its Blue Mondays concert series; the Links, Niagara Falls chapter, $1,350 for "The Wiz" by McKinley Vocational High School students, Buffalo; Kenan Center, Lockport, $1,300 for a young people's art program; Niagara Frontier Theatre Organ Society, North Tonawanda, $1,100 for walking tour displays in Riviera Theatre; Center for Joy, Niagara Falls, $1,100 for a multicultural festival.

Also, Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 toward a public sculpture on volunteerism; Native American Community Services, Niagara Falls, $1,000 for eight beaded shawl workshops; Health Association of Niagara County, $1,000 for an intergenerational theater series; Friends of the Wilson Free Library, $970 toward a Niagara Symphony Orchestra concert; Friends of the Youngstown Free Library, $900 for 1998 library programs; Buffalo & Brandy, Wilson, $850 for demonstrations of interactive musical compact discs, followed by live performances.

Also, Niagara County Council of Girl Scouts, Cambria, $850 for Women's History Month; YMCA of Lockport, $795 for a concert during its Winter Fun Fest; Middleport Area Tourism and Beautification Committee, $725 toward a Labor Day concert; St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Niagara Falls, $600 for a band and vocalist for its Armenian Experience festival; Dale Association, Lockport, $600 for an intergenerational arts workshop series.

Also, Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, $525 for the Children's Holiday Festival; Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Falls, $500 toward its spring concert; Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Lockport, $500 for craft makers at Niagara's Apple Country Festival; Niagara Falls YMCA, $300 for a children's art program.

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