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BCAC Announces Recipients of Annual Art Grant

Over $230,000 is being invested in local arts through the efforts of the Broome Council Arts Council.
Over $230,000 is being invested in local arts through the efforts of the Broome Council Arts Council.

BCAC announced the recipients of its annual United Cultural Fund today. Seven established arts organizations received general operating funds from $5,000 for the Cider Mill playhouse to over $60,000 for Tri Cities Opera.

Other organizations receiving funds are Roberson, the Binghamton Philharmonic, EPAC, the Art Mission and Theatre and the Goodwill Theatre.

Cider Mill's new director Gail Belokey said it is important to receive money that can pay for such mundane things as rent and office supplies.

"Granting opportunities for operating costs are essential because we never could cover the cost of production by ticketing and advertising and other revenue sources alone. And they truly are the difference between being able to put up a show or not, many times," said Belokey.

The fund also distributed smaller one-time project grants worth $1,000 to 13 artists and organizations. The money from the Arts Council enables playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton to pursue her dream by putting on a show she's been working on for years.

"Based on the community feedback that I received at the last reading, I took everything into consideration and this is the re-write. So I am looking forward to presenting this again, on April 12 at the church of the Holy Trinity and seeing what the community thinks of this re-write," said Zabadal-Dayton.

Dayton's musical "Betrayed" is a sequel to Jesus Christ Superstar and debuts at 6:30 on April 2nd at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Binghamton. The music is by Ken Martinak, and the show is free of charge.

For a complete list of recipients, go to BroomeArts.org.
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