Sen. Schumer announces funding for future arts and cultural center

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Sen. Maj. Leader Chuck Schumer (D, NY) announced new funding for a future center for performing and visual arts on Monday.

Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance will manage the arts center, which will be a space for the group to thrive doing what’s already being done on a larger scale.

It will support Rochester’s northeast quadrant through free classes in music, dance, theater, and visual arts, and now they have $400,000 in federal funds to start construction.

"We’re going to breathe new life into this crumbling landmark and turn it into a performing and visual arts center that will serve families and children throughout the Rochester area for free. And when a neighborhood transitions it doesn’t mean you forget about it. You make it better!" said Schumer.

Last week Sen. Schumer said they passed the omnibus spending bill, a $200 million direct federal investment coming to Rochester and the Finger Lakes. Funding for the arts center is coming from that.

The laser lab, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, community projects, and non-profits will also benefit.