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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2002




Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus presented today a county check totaling $87,790 to the Dutchess County Arts Council Annual Fund.  The presentation was made at the annual Arts Fund Kick Off Breakfast held on the Vassar College Campus for nearly 200 local business leaders, arts council board members, volunteers and recipient art agencies.

Dutchess County Government is the largest single contributor to the fund in 2002, and has contributed $417,136 over the past five years.

The County Executive noted, “Our commitment of county funds to the arts is an important investment and a significant component of our local economy.  Our investment helps sustain the health and vitality of the arts community.  In addition, all our residents, no matter their ages, enjoy a richer quality of life and cultural awareness due to the county’s support.”

Sherre Wesley, President of the Dutchess County Arts Council said, “The County’s steadfast commitment is one of the key reasons the arts thrive in Dutchess.  The arts contribute to our economy and quality of life, and help make this a wonderful area.”

Funded member organizations include:

The Bardavon

Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association

The CENTER for Performing Arts

Children’s Media Project

Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Mill Street Loft

Mount Gulian Historic Site

New Day Repertory Company

Upstate Films                                                                                                                       

Project grant recipients include:

Association for Senior Citizens, Poughkeepsie East Fishkill Portrait Project

Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir and Orchestra

Collaborative Concepts

Dover Plains Library

Hudson Valley Artisans’ Guild

Hudson Valley Community Dances

Hudson Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society

LaGrange Association Library

Martin Luther King Cultural Center

Mid-Hudson Camerata Chorale

North East Community Council

Pawling Concert Series

Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society

Staatsburg Library Society

Stanford Free Library

Howland Cultural Center

White Pond Community Arts & Cultural Association

Young Will, Inc.

YWCA of Dutchess County


2002 Press Releases