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2011-11-30 / Local News

University at Buffalo awarded grant for Arts in Healthcare

The National Endowment for the Arts will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country, including The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo, which will receive $30,000 to support the Arts in Healthcare Residency Program.

The 863 grant awards total $22.54 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Since 1997, the center has conducted more than a dozen professional dance outreach projects to provide arts education for more than 24,000 students at schools primarily in the City of Buffalo.

These students have the opportunity to experience a live professional dance performance in their schools, free of charge, by some of the world’s finest companies.

In addition, UB dance majors benefit from master classes with members of these professional dance companies.

The residency activities have now expanded to the university’s partner hospitals in the Arts in Healthcare initiative at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. This grant will expand the residency activities in the two hospitals.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

Thomas Burrows, executive director of UB Center for the Arts, said it is the first time the Center for the Arts has received a grant from the NEA.

“Our Arts in Healthcare initiative is a diverse, multidisciplinary program dedicated to transforming health and healing by connecting people with the arts at key moments in their lives,” he said. “Support at a national level truly demonstrates the importance and value of our community outreach activities.”

For more information about the Center for the Arts, visit ubcfa.org.

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