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2014-12-03 / Front Page

Schimminger secures funding for area cultural groups


Schimminger Schimminger New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-C-I Kenmore) recently secured funding for several cultural groups located in the 140th Assembly District, encompassing the Tonawandas, Kenmore, Riverside, and portions of North Tonawanda, North Buffalo, and Black Rock.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Inc. will have the opportunity to perform an outdoor concert in Niawanda Park in the City of Tonawanda because of a special $22,500 grant. The concert will be held in the summer of 2015 with a date to be announced.

“The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is a world-class symphony. I am very pleased to have been able to secure this funding, so that the talents of these outstanding musicians can be displayed along the banks of the Niagara right here in our community,” said Schimminger.

The Historical Society of the Tonawandas recently purchased a building to house and store its collections. Since the building had been shuttered for several years, a number of renovations had to be made to update the facility. The new building is located at 126 Broad St. in the City of Tonawanda.

“The Historical Society of the Tonawandas houses semi-permanent and rotating exhibits that preserve our local history,” said Schimminger. “This $50,000 in funding will help the society make necessary updates to its new facility to ensure the safe storage of our community’s artifacts.”

The Buffalo Religious Arts Center on East Street in Black Rock will be able to use $10,000 in funding secured by the Assemblyman to acquire museum display cases.

The Buffalo Religious Arts Center collects and preserves fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed their doors in the Western New York area.

“It’s an honor to be able to help the Buffalo Religious Arts Center obtain the appropriate cases for its display exhibits. While it is always upsetting when a house of worship has to shut its doors, the Arts Center ensures that the history and artifacts of the churches, synagogues and other area religious venues are not forgotten,” said Schimminger.

He added, “I am excited to be able to fund the upcoming BPO concert and to see the new displays in Black Rock and the planned renovations to the Tonawandas Historical Society’s new Resource Center. I am happy to be able to assist these cultural groups in their ventures to keep the arts and history alive.”

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