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AT&T ANNOUNCES $455,000 IN GRANTS TO ATLANTA ARTS ORGANIZATIONSd

 ATLANTA, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) today announced grants totaling $455,000 to 21 Atlanta area arts organizations.
 "We are demonstrating our continued support to Atlanta and to the many arts organizations that contribute to the quality of life here," said Esther Silver-Parker, AT&T assistant vice president-public relations.
 Among the institutions and projects receiving support from AT&T are: the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, $100,000; the Woodruff Arts Center, $50,000; Jomandi Productions, Inc., $25,000; The Atlanta Ballet, $10,000; Ballethnic Dance Company, $10,000; Horizon Theatre Company, $10,000; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, $10,000; Seven Stages, Inc., $10,000; Theatre In The Square, $10,000; Theatrical Outfit, $10,000; the Center for Puppetry Arts, $15,000; The Atlanta Opera, $5,000; The High Museum of Art, $60,000; Apex, $16,000; Actor's Express, $2,500; Georgia Shakespeare Festival, $2,000; Theatre Gael, $2,000; Academy Theatre, $25,000; Michael J. Carlos Museum, $10,000; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chastain Series, $70,000; and Hammonds House, $2,500.
 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, and to draw attention to emerging new artists, many of whom are women and artists of color.
 "Business partnerships with the arts invigorate a community," Silver-Parker said. "For those of us in business, the arts create visibility, enhance our image and help reach our customers.
 "But it is the artists, curators, conductors, composers, singers, musicians and dancers -- all supported by volunteers -- who have made the real contributions to the diverse cultural vitality of Atlanta."
 AT&T received the 1992 National Medal of Arts Award honoring individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the excellence, growth, support and availability of arts in the United States.
 ATLANTA ARTS PROJECTS SUPPORT BY AT&T
 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund:
 AT&T has committed $100,000 to this fund to assist small, emerging
 or culturally and ethnically diverse arts organizations that have
 operating budgets under $1 million.
 Woodruff Arts Center: Operating Funds
 $50,000 for operations support.
 Jomandi Productions:
 $25,000 for "The Fisherman," featuring a revised text of a work
 given a critically acclaimed premiere by the company more than a
 decade ago.
 The Atlanta Ballet:
 $10,000 toward the Ballet's "Good Moves" program, which recruits
 children from underprivileged neighborhoods to a "tough love"
 ballet program that teaches them self-discipline and self-respect
 through dance.
 Academy Theater:
 $25,000 to commission an original play on the environment to be
 toured among schools in the metropolitan area.
 Balletn?ic Dance Company:
 $10,000 to help revamp "Urban Nutcracker," the culminating
 activity for Ballethnic's Danseur Development Project. This
 project trains young minority males at risk in the art of ballet.
 "Urban Nutcracker" will be presented Nov. 17-21, 1993.
 Horizon Theatre Company:
 $10,000 toward "The Good Times Are Killing Me," a new play about
 two girls (one black and one white), their friends and families,
 their enemies and rivals, as they grow up together in a racially
 mixed neighborhood in the 1960's.
 Nexus Contemporary Art Center:
 $10,000 for "Greenspace," an exhibition featuring the artwork of
 four established women artists. "Greenspace" explores the medium
 of landscape painting and the concepts of nature and environment
 inherent in the genre. Artists talks, a symposium and a
 "Greenspace Festival" on Earth Day 1993 will introduce children
 and adults to the important environmental issues this exhibition
 addresses.
 Seven Stages, Inc.:
 $10,000 for "Night Sky," the story of an astronomy professor who
 is left aphasic by an automobile accident; English suddenly
 becomes her second language.
 Theatre In The Square:
 $10,000 to adapt Carson McCullers' Southern classic, "The Member
 of the Wedding," into a dramatic musical.
 Theatrical Outfit:
 $10,000 for "The Ladder," the world premier of an original work by
 Atlanta playwright Ron L. Beverly. A contemporary romantic
 comedy/drama set in corporate America dealing with a crisis of
 conscious.
 The Center for Puppetry Arts:
 $15,000 to provide opportunities to award children in
 underprivileged neighborhoods with tickets to see "AESOP's Fables"
 and $10,000 for creating a children's puppetry exhibit from
 recycled materials.
 The Atlanta Opera:
 $5,000 for performances of "Little Red Riding Hood" in Atlanta
 inner-city schools and in other schools in Georgia to reach
 children and those who would not otherwise be exposed to opera.
 The grant also underwrites performances by Morehouse College
 student and lyric baritone Herbert Franciscus Scott.
 The High Museum of Art:
 $60,000 for exhibitions "Art at the Edge: Mineko Grimmer" and
 "Art at the Edge: Alison Saar" and for purchase of one of her
 works.
 Apex:
 $16,000 to help fund an exhibition entitled "Mentors Plus,"
 featuring the works of four African-American women artists.
 Actor's Express:
 $2,500 for "Fool for Love," featuring the second African-American
 cast of Sam Shepard's plan in America.
 Georgia Shakespeare Festival:
 $2,000 for the performance of "The Taming of the Shrew," adapted
 and directed by John Briggs. Set in the 1930s, the adaptation
 uses classic Gershwin songs to highlight new twist to the script.
 Theatre Gael:
 $2,000 toward a performance of "Philadelphia, Here I Come" during
 the Decatur Arts Festival in May. The story explores the humorous
 dynamic of a large Irish family as one of its younger members
 struggles for independence.
 Hammonds House:
 $2,500 to help fund acquisition of work by Jacob Lawrence.
 Atlanta Symphony:
 $70,000 for the Symphony's Chastain Series.
 Carlos Museum:
 $10,000 for operations support.
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 /CONTACT: Bryant Steele, 404-810-7455 or, home, 404-786-3877, or Esther Silver-Parker, 404-810-7613 or, home, 404-395-7615/
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