$50K grant to help programming, campus improvements at Munson-Williams-Proctor

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UTICA — The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute has received a $50,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to help revitalize its 10-acre, 25-building campus, the organization announced Friday.

The grant matches 50 percent of funds raised by Munson-Williams during its Centennial Campaign. Combined, the Centennial funds will support new programming initiatives and major campus improvements including community green space, outdoor art installations, and new landscaping, MWPAI said.

The grant is made possible by The Community Foundation, the Albert and Katherine Payne Memorial Fund, George E. Upson Fund, Harrison S. Sweet Memorial Fund, Investing in Art and Culture Fund, and the Rosamond G. Childs Fund.

“We are pleased to partner on this important project that will not only continue to connect residents, students and tourists with opportunities to engage with the arts, but will breathe life into our Downtown district, making it more vibrant and beautiful as it continues to grow,” said Alicia Dicks, president and CEO of The Community Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Community Foundation for their generous support that will help add a new dimension to the opportunities and experiences we provide for our region,” Anna D’Ambrosio, president and CEO of Munson-Williams, said. “Through thoughtful planning and design, we will build connections with people, communities, and art that make us more accessible, our neighborhood more beautiful, and our city more dynamic.”

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