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New York Power Authority Helps Sponsor Lewiston Arts Festival

Contact:
Cathy Blood
716-286-6652
cathy.blood@nypa.gov

August 8, 2007

For Immediate Release            

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be one of six sponsors for the Lewiston Arts Festival on August 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Center Street. The prestigious event showcases the work of more than 180 professional and student artists from across the U.S. and Canada.

“For the past several years, the Power Authority has supported this important local arts festival,” said Roger Kelley, NYPA president. “This year's sponsorship shows the Power Authority's continuing commitment to the festival and other cultural activities in Western New York.”

Juried artists will exhibit artwork in various media including: painting (acrylic, watercolor and oils), drawing, sculpture, pottery, wood, fiber, graphic arts and jewelry. Modern Art Awards, sponsored by Modern Corporation, totaling more than $5,000, will be awarded in eight categories.

Now in its 41st year, the festival has been named “Top Cultural Destinations,” First Sunday Magazine; “Summer Festival Showcase Event,” Bi-National Niagara Tourism Alliance; and “Top 100 Attractions Along the Seaway Trail,” by Journey Magazine.

Visitors of the area can also travel to The Power Vista, at New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project, which is admission-free and contains over 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits on energy, electricity and local history. Educational programs are offered at no charge for students at all grade levels. The Power Authority also sponsors special events year-round at the Power Vista.

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  About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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