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October 10th, 2007

Newburgh Performing Arts Academy receives federal grant

NPAA Executive Director Kevin D. White

Newburgh - Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) announced a $49,960 federal grant for the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy (NPAA). The funds come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Community Services.

"These funds will allow the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy to continue to offer high quality arts education to young people in the Newburgh area," Hinchey said. "By assisting the academy in developing a strong fundraising plan, this grant will help to ensure that these outstanding programs will be available for many years to come."

The NPAA will use the grant to address several critical capacity building needs within the organization. First, NPAA will purchase program management software to improve its data collection and reporting ability. This software will be used to accurately track student participation and conduct program evaluations to improve overall agency operations. NPAA will also use this funding to build a secure and reliable computer network to support the new program management software. Finally, this funding will be used to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan designed to increase revenue and allow NPAA to serve more area youth.

NPAA Executive Director Kevin D. White states "The Newburgh Performing Arts Academy is excited about the possibilities this funding creates for our organization. The grant award provided through the Compassion Capital Fund will allow us to establish a comprehensive fundraising plan that will help secure the organization’s future and increase our organizational capacity to serve more youth and families."

The Newburgh Performing Arts Academy, Inc. (NPAA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2004 by Kim Turner, a former dancer who believes that the arts are an important component in the individual development of youth. NPAA is a professional school for the arts that operates with the understanding that the arts can be used to build self-esteem, improve school performance and help youth develop the discipline necessary to achieve success in other areas of their lives. Consistent with its mission, NPAA strives to make the arts accessible to all young people without regard to their racial, educational, or economic background.

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