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AT&T NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS WINNER; MIAMI ARTS COMMUNITY PRAISED

 AT&T NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS WINNER;
 MIAMI ARTS COMMUNITY PRAISED
 MIAMI, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Local AT&T officials praised the talents of the Miami arts community following today's White House announcement that AT&T has been awarded the 1992 National Medal of Arts for its longtime support of artistic innovation. The company has provided more than $115,000 in support of more than a dozen South Florida arts groups in the past year.
 "We're very honored to share this prestigious recognition with all the people of Miami who devote their personal and professional lives to our community's cultural life," said Barry Johnson, director of corporate affairs for AT&T in Miami. He added, "Miami's rich cultural diversity presents a showcase of arts that few American cities can enjoy. Those who share their cultural and artistic ability provide all of us with a better view of our world."
 AT&T Chairman Robert E. Allen accepted the 1992 corporate arts patron medal from President George Bush during a White House ceremony this morning. The National Medal of Arts is awarded annually by the president based on nominations made by the National Council on the Arts. The awards honor individual or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the excellence, growth, support and availability of arts in the United States.
 "Our company's long standing support of the visual and performing arts is continuing in Miami, where we have sought strategic linkages to complement the growth and development of local arts groups," said Randy Fairbank, general manager for AT&T's Business Communications Services unit in Miami. Fairbank is a member of the board of the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
 AT&T's association with the arts spans more than a half century, beginning with its sponsorship of the award-winning "The Telephone Hour" in 1940. AT&T's emphasis today is to support creativity and diversity in the contemporary arts, spawning innovation in disciplines such as theater, opera, dance, music and the visual arts. A number of initiatives have been undertaken through the AT&T Foundation to draw attention to emerging new artists, many of whom are women and artists of color. Among the programs promoting such risk-taking work are: The AT&T New Plays for the Nineties Project; the AT&T Dance Tour; and AT&T New Art/New Visions, a competitive program in the visual arts.
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