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Artfarms, Niagara University, Just Buffalo win NEA grants

An aerial view of vacant land on Buffalo's East side, the future home of the Artfarms. (Via artfarms.org)

The latest round of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts will fund projects at three Western New York organizations.

A collaboration between the Polish Community Center of Buffalo and Artfarms, a project launched by architect David Lagé to foster new activity on Buffalo's East Side with public art installations, will receive $35,000 from the federal agency.

"In a place with limited economic, social and cultural activity, Artfarms simply weaves together the ongoing initiatives in the East Side to support a common vision for its landscape,” Lagé said in a statement. "By building a cultural place with the efforts of those already engaged with the neighborhood, we believe Artfarms will transform the vacant land into the area’s most defining asset."

Just Buffalo Literary Center will receive $20,000 to fund its Babel reading series, the 2013-14 version of which was recently announced. And Niagara University will receive $20,000 grant to fund a project called Ethnic Wedding Dress in New York State, described in a statement as "a project celebrating wedding rituals of several immigrant communities."

Earlier NEA grants for 2013 were awarded to Squeaky Wheel, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and White Pine Press.

--Colin Dabkowski

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