September 20, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR ALLEGANY ARTS COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $15,000 to the Allegany Arts Council Inc. for the 9 N. Centre Downtown Revitalization Project in Cumberland. The funding will go toward annual visual and musical performances, art classes, workshops, meetings and presentations.

"This is a federal investment in the arts and in Western Maryland communities. I'm so proud Allegany County will be able to use these funds to continue to develop and grow," said Senator Mikulski. "I will continue to fight to keep Western Maryland a priority in the federal checkbook." "This ARC grant will bring Appalachian art, culture and heritage to life," said Senator Cardin.  "It also will help make the Cumberland area an artistic center for the region, providing residents with workshops and classes."

The Allegany Arts Council anticipates 250 individuals and 30 arts businesses will participate in classes and workshops, which will attract more visitors to the area. The council expects at least two new local businesses and five new jobs. Funding will also go toward a new multi-purpose room for county residents to use in developing their artistic abilities, showcasing regional talent, heritage, and natural assets.

In addition to ARC funds, state sources will provide $15,000, bringing the total project funding to $30,000.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.