Southampton arts organizations are among the recipients of the New York State Council on the Arts annual grants announced this week.
The in Bridgehampton has been awarded $9,100 for a project titled "Playing a Role in My Community," which aims to develop school programs for grades K-4 that "use dramatic arts in the Museum's hands-on exhibits to enable children to take on the roles of different East End community members."
The Friends of the Cultural Center Inc., a nonprofit supporting the in Southampton Village, recieved $15,000 for operating support.
in Southampton Village was the recipeint of three grants, totally $37,410. While the bulk of the money is for operating expenses, $6,100 is for a youth outreach program which "brings artists to libraries and youth organizations, including the Shinnecock Indian Education Program, , , and STAR Summer Program," and $6,500 is for "East End Stories on Screen," a series of four film screenings "that will highlight the affinities between artists, the landscape, regional history and contemporary culture of Eastern Long Island"
The Hamptons International Film Festival, which is based in East Hampton but holds screenings and other events in Southampton Town, was awarded $8,620.
"I am thrilled that NYSCA has once again found promise in many of our local museums and cultural organizations," state Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. was quoted as saying in a press release. "These grant funds will ensure that these programs can continue to educate, enlighten, and benefit our communities."
"New York’s cultural organizations are among our State’s most important andctreasured education, tourism, and recreation assets,” state Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle was quoted as saying in a release from his office. “NYSCA’s grant awards are a critical component supporting the infrastructure that sustains vibrancy, creativity and economic strength in the state’s communities.”