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LETTERS

Artpark staff says thanks for the music

As the last note faded into the warm August night, Artpark's memorable summer song ended.

Artpark & Company is grateful to the Western New York community who supported the celebration of the Earl W. Brydges Artpark's 35th anniversary season. Over 235,000 people attended Artpark's 2009 Mainstage Theater shows, family programming in the park and free concerts at the Upper Park's outdoor amphitheater during the brief three-month summer season.

Since incorporating in 1997 as a nonprofit arts and cultural organization, Artpark & Company has presented all of the annual programming within the New York State park aided by the tremendous support of the Western New York community and the outstanding commitment of Artpark's corporate sponsors, partners and government leaders. Through this dedicated support, Artpark achieves its mission and provides valuable contributions.

Event-related (audience) spending for Artpark's annual programming generates an economic impact of over $4,191,000 (2008 season).

To present the unique season of programming, Artpark spends approximately $1,394,000 in the local and regional area for services, equipment, supplies and advertising.

Artpark wants to thank the dedicated team of 300 Artpark volunteers who donated over 8,300 hours of service to assist patrons, coordinate events, shows and concerts and perpetuate the Artpark-friendly experience.

The Lewiston community has been both supporter and host of Artpark's annual season -- warmly welcoming thousands of visitors to our historic waterfront village for the past three and one-half decades. The exciting and diverse schedule of theater musical productions, stage performances, art camps, free family and children's programs and Artpark's wildly popular free concerts open up an annual summer-long festival for our Buffalo Niagara and Southern Ontario residents and visitors to our beautiful area.

The Artpark & Company board and staff are proud of the success of the 2009 season and have launched planning and development for another magical summer in 2010.

Maureen Kellick, Artpark director of marketing

Lewiston

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