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PRESIDENT BUSH AWARDS NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS TO AT&T

 PRESIDENT BUSH AWARDS NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS TO AT&T
 DETROIT, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- During a White House ceremony


Wednesday, AT&T (NYSE: T) was awarded the 1992 National Medal of Arts for its longtime support of artistic innovation. Mark Trierweiler, division manager, AT&T Public Relations in Southfield, said: "We're honored to share this prestigious recognition with all the people who devote their personal and professional lives to our Detroit community's cultural life."
 AT&T Chairman Robert E. Allen accepted the 1992 corporate arts patron medal from President George Bush during a White House ceremony. 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 individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the excellence, growth, support and availability of arts in the United States.
 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.
 Through its television sponsorship of AT&T PRESENTS, AT&T has brought such classics as "Inherit the Wind" to commercial television. A major underwriter of the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, the company also provides support to public broadcasting stations throughout the country by matching contributions made by its employees and retirees.
 In 1991, AT&T gave more than $65,847 in support to artistic and cultural institutions in Michigan. Among the institutions and projects supported are: Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Metro Parks Concert, Detroit Institute of the Arts - Richard Pousette-Dart, "A Retrospective" art exhibit and Concerned Citizens for the Arts.
 STATEWIDE AT&T FOUNDATION SUPPORT FOR ARTS & CULTURE -- 1991
 STATE MATCHING GIFTS FOUNDATION GRANTS TOTAL
 (CULTURAL) AND SPONSORSHIPS
 TO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
 Michigan $9,347 $56,500 $65,847
 -0- 7/23/92
 /CONTACT: Mark Trierweiler of AT&T, 313-262-4960, or (home), 313-229-0092/
 (T) CO: AT&T ST: Michigan IN: TLS SU:


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