ROME, NY — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica-Rome) presented a $15,000 ceremonial check to the Rome Art and Community Center to support its Artletics program.
“The importance of fostering a love of the arts and culture in children is often overlooked. These skills can help them develop creativity, individuality and passions later in life. “said Buttenschon. “The Rome Art and Community Center’s Artletics program serves children of our community, regardless of nationality or socio-economic status. It also provides parents with an enriching, educational childcare option. I secured this much needed funding so this dynamic community organization can continue its positive impact on the Greater Rome region.”
The Rome Art and Community Center is one of the state’s premier full-day summer camp programs serving children from 5 to 12 years old. Developed more than 15 years ago, this program provides quality arts and cultural programming in the community, recreational activities and lessons on socio-economic health and job skills. The Community Development Block Grant which Assemblywoman Buttenschon helped secure with the City of Rome, will allow this program to offer scholarships to low-and moderate-income families that qualify and will address the continuing rises in staff and material costs to the organization.