GLOBALFOUNDRIES grant to boost SaratogaArtsFest youth program

Date: Dec. 21, 2012
Release: Immediately
Contact: Bob Kimmerle
518-580-5744, bkimmerl@skidmore.edu

GLOBALFOUNDRIES grant to boost SaratogaArtsFest youth program

SaratogaArtsFest has received a grant of $3,000 from the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation to expand its youth outreach program in the Ballston Spa School District.

The funds are designated to support YES!—Youth Experiencing SaratogaArtsFest. The program works with local school districts and educational groups to make the arts more accessible to young people and their families and to encourage them to attend the annual four-day festival in Saratoga Springs, which this year will take place June 6-9, 2013.

Through the YES! program, students can apply for a free admission package to the festival as well a discount for an accompanying adult. The admission package includes access to most festival events, weekend and year-round discounts at arts organizations, and exclusive back-stage meetings with selected artists. The festival is designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences—from the seasoned arts aficionado to families with young children—with programs spanning music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art.

“With this generous grant we can extend our outreach, providing students with access to the amazing variety of arts events offered during the festival weekend and the opportunity to explore the arts throughout the year,” said Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, executive director of SaratogaArtsFest.  “Appreciation of the arts starts early, and this grant will help our organization introduce more students to a variety of arts genres.”

The SaratogaArtsFest grant was one of 23 community awards totaling $60,000 announced by the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation at a ceremony on Dec. 18. The other grant recipients included museums, family-support agencies, historical sites, emergency-response groups, youth sports leagues, and other community endeavors. The foundation was established as a stand-alone 501(c)3 organization in order to fund organizations, programs, and projects that provide tangible benefits to the public.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a semiconductor manufacturing company with operations in Singapore, Germany, and the United States.  Its foundry in the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, N.Y., is considered one of the world’s most technologically advanced semiconductor fabrication plants.

More information about the festival, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, is available at www.SaratogaArtsFest.org.

At the grants award ceremony: SaratogaArtsFest representatives (center, with red ArtsFest tiles) stand with board members of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation. The ArtsFest envoys (from left) are Amy Bloom, Mary Ellen O'Loughlin, and Malin Noto.