WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y. (25th CD), issued the following news release:
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus, congratulated the winner of this year's Congressional Arts Competition for the 25th Congressional District of New York, Faith Gruver. Faith is a Senior at Greece Athena High School and will be attending RIT in the fall, majoring in illustration. Her piece, titled "Violin Still Life" is a charcoal illustration of a violin resting on a hardwood floor in front of two electric guitars and an amplifier. Faith's work has also been featured in the Lucy Burne Gallery in the Creative Workshop at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.
See photos: http://www.louise.house.gov/press-releases/rep-slaughter-congratulates-congressional-arts-competition-winner-faith-gruver/
Through her position as co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus, Rep. Slaughter supports the arts through various federal initiatives, including theNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an independent agency of the federal government that works to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Federal funding for the arts highly impacts the nation's economic success. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135.2 billion in economic activity and provides 4.13 million full-time jobs per year. According to its annual report, in 2013, the NEA awarded 2,152 grants in nearly 16,000 communities across every Congressional district in the country. Over 38 million Americans, including seven million children, were able to attend arts events funded by the NEA. These events included approximately 70,000 concerts, readings, and performances and 1,600 exhibitions.
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