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Ovation TV Partners with Charter Communications for 5th year of Stand for the Arts Awards

Ovation to Award $150,000 to 15 Arts and Cultural Organizations in Charter Markets Across the Country, Reaching a Landmark 50 Recipients and $500,000 Total

Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, and partner Charter Communications, Inc., today announced the recipients of the 2021-2022 Stand For The Arts Awards, which recognizes local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs. Since the initiative started in 2017, Ovation TV and Charter have given out 50 awards totaling $500,000 towards art education. This year, 15 organizations will receive support in Charter markets across the country.

Congratulations again to CNY Arts for being a 2021 Stand For The Arts Awardee! Ovation appreciates the work that CNY Arts is doing in their community to help restart the arts.

Select arts organizations are awarded $10,000 Stand For The Arts contributions based on the following criteria: support of creative/artistic communities via economic and/or mental health recovery connected programs, commitment to accessibility and equity in the arts, and advocacy for underserved populations in their communities. 

“We are thrilled to have the continued support of Charter as we recognize a landmark 50 arts organizations through our Stand For The Arts initiative,” stated Sol Doten, Senior Vice President, Content Distribution and Partner Marketing for Ovation TV. “Now more than ever, it is imperative for us to support local arts organizations, as they have been fundamental in supporting their own communities.”

 CNY Arts was a past awardee of the Ovation TV/Spectrum Stand for the Arts award.

Watch the Ovation tv spot HERE

This year, recipients include the first-ever tribal arts organization to be selected for a Stand For The Arts Award, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, a center dedicated to educating the public about the Native American point of view for a better understanding of Indigenous ways of life. Additional recipients include former recipients, Groundswell, a New York-based organization that brings together youth, artists and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change, and SoundBites, a Columbia, SC, organization that helps inspire underprivileged children to discover and develop their hidden musical gifts and talents through access to musical instruments and proper instruction.

“We have reached an important milestone through our partnership with Ovation TV, having awarded $500,000 toward outstanding work through arts education, since the start of Stand For The Arts program,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs for Charter. “Our support of this initiative is yet another avenue for Charter to help make a positive impact in the communities it serves.”  

Each organization has received a $10,000 Stand For The Arts award to support their efforts. The Spectrum markets and the arts organizations being recognized are:

Ava Community Arts Center, Gillette, WY

CNY Arts, Syracuse, NY

Creative City Project, Orlando, FL

Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas, TX

DrewBoy Creative Gallery, Richland, WA

Donkey Mill Art Center, Hōlualoa, HI

Friends of Schools of the Arts, Rochester, NY

Groundswell, New York, NY

Missoula Children’s Theater, Missoula, MT

Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Southern Hills Art Council, Jackson County, OH

SoundBites, Columbia, SC

The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, Lexington, KY

The Wooden Floor, Orange County/Santa Ana, CA

Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI