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BPO, CEPA, Squeaky Wheel among recipients of $150,000 in NEA grants

The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding $150,000 in grants to local cultural organizations as part of its yearly grant cycle.

The funding, announced Thursday by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, will funnel money toward future projects from Squeaky Wheel, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, CEPA Gallery, Just Buffalo Literary Center, the University at Buffalo Art Gallery and White Pine Press.

The money comes from the NEA's $26 million Art Works program, which “supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.”

Just Buffalo Literary Center pulled in the most money, with a $70,000 grant to fund its "Read, Seed, Write" program that combines literature and community gardening. Other projects include a collaboration between the BPO and LehrerDance, an educational companion to the UB Art Gallery's upcoming "Wanderlust" exhibition and support for Squeaky Wheel's long-running Youth Media Institute.

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