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Franklin Stage Company Awarded Regional Economic Development Grant

Written By Editor on 2/18/18 | 2/18/18

Franklin Stage Company, in Franklin, NY is honored to announce that they have been awarded a $40,000 workforce investment grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). The funds will support wages for executive leadership for one year. The grant will be administered through the NY State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“We’re thrilled,” said Franklin Stage Company Co-Artistic Director Patricia Buckley, “These funds will allow FSC to expand our capacity, attract new businesses and contribute to the REDC’s goal of revitalizing local communities.”

“This grant represents the faith of NY State and Delaware County in FSC’s value as an anchor cultural institution in our area,” Co-Artistic Director Leslie Noble added. “We proudly join with our area’s growing number of artisanal food and beverage businesses and arts destinations to promote Delaware County tourism. It’s our hope that this grant will help us become an integral cultural addition to these emerging tourist attractions.”

Franklin Stage Company, Delaware County’s only fully professional theater, hires highly skilled union labor both onstage (local and visiting artists), and behind the scenes (carpenters, designers, technicians, etc.)  Additionally, the theater rents local housing to accommodate visiting artists throughout its production season.  It also provides training opportunities to youth from area high schools and colleges through its intern program, which teaches hands-on technical skills and offers young people the opportunity to work side by side with theater professionals.

With executive salary support, the organization will be able to direct other resources to board development, expanding programming and education, improving facilities, and increasing outreach to donors and community partners. The grant will also free up funds to hire part-time administrative support.

“We’re grateful for the council’s vote of confidence,” said Buckley, “and we look forward to welcoming loyal friends and new visitors to our 22nd season this summer.”

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