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Kavinoky Theatre snags a series of grants

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The cast of the Kavinoky Theatre's 2009 production of "The Farnsworth Invention." Photo by Robert Kirkham / The Buffalo News.

Last week, the Kavinoky Theatre (currently running a remount of its popular 2005 production of "Always... Patsy Cline") announced that it had received a series of three recent grants from local and national foundations.

Grant-hunting has long been a normal way of life for small theaters and arts groups like the Kavinoky, which draw their income from a wide range of public and private sources, but it's rare that so many come in at once. It's a good sign for the Kav, whose managing director, Joseph Demerly, noted that one of the grants, a $10,000 unrestricted gift from the Shubert Foundation, had previously gone to the now-defunct Studio Arena Theatre.

The theater also received an $8,000 grant from the local George C. and Elizabeth G. Smith Foundation, as well as a $10,000 grant earlier this year from the Lorinda McAndrew Voelke Foundation of New Jersey. The grants are unrestricted, Demerly said, and will be used for general operating support.

--Colin Dabkowski

 

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