Charter Communications Inc. has partnered with Ovation, America’s only arts network, to recognize outstanding local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs in five of Charter’s Spectrum markets nationwide. Rochester’s Writers & Books on Tuesday received $10,000 as one of the five Stand for the Arts Award recipients.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition from Charter and Ovation, especially meaningful in a year of unprecedented challenges,” said Writers & Books Executive Director Alison Meyers in a statement. “Ovation’s Stand for the Arts Award shines a light on the important role the arts in general, and the literary arts in particular, play in the life of a community. Our Writers & Books team will put this generous award to excellent use in the months ahead.”
The award will enable WAB to grow its mission to foster and promote reading and writing as lifelong activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Even in this challenging time, Writers & Books is doing meaningful work, showing how access to the arts and arts education can bring diverse communities together and enrich the lives of their residents,” said Camille Joseph, group vice president, government affairs at Charter. “Charter is pleased to extend this partnership with Ovation for a fifth consecutive year and support the creative work of these arts organizations as part of our commitment to invest and improve the communities we serve.”
Stand for the Arts Awards are granted based on how well an organization empowers the community, builds strategic partnerships, drives engagement through volunteerism and delivers creative programming.
“Rochester is a city that is at its best when artists have the opportunity to thrive,” said state Sen. Jeremy Cooney, D-Greece. “Through this award from Charter and Ovation young people will have the chance to explore reading and writing and nurture their artistic minds. As a School of the Arts graduate I know the value of experiencing artistic creativity, no matter your chosen path as an adult.”