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Niagara Falls poverty reduction initiative sets painting session

Niagara Falls residents are invited to paint their ideas for "changing the socioeconomic outlook of the Cataract City," according to the Niagara Falls Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.

At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., participants in the Redirection Roadmap art event will be provided with two canvases, paint, brushes and other art supplies. They are advised to wear old clothing.

The results will be displayed in the NACC through March, and later at two other sites to be determined.

Niagara Falls is among 11 cities involved in the program, for which the state is spending $25 million. Project Director Jeffrey Pirrone said the program's eventual goal is to place 200 residents into sustainable jobs by 2020.