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For immediate release - March 20, 2007
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IBM Innovation Award will be presented to selected artists at the 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival

Top event or exhibition to receive $5000 prize; two runner-up prizes to be awarded as well

Festival also receives important grants from the MCC Adams Arts Fund and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Boston, MA — The Boston Cyberarts Festival announces its first IBM Innovation Award for Art and Performance, to be awarded for outstanding work featured in the 2007 Festival. Winners will be selected by a jury of professionals in the arts, with a top prize of $5,000 and two runner-up awards of $500. Winners will be announced at the Boston Cyberarts Gala party on Friday, May 4, 2007, at the Hotel @ MIT20 Sidney Street, Cambridge.

George Fifield, Director of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, said: “We are most grateful to IBM for its generosity and support of our cyber-artists.” He added, “IBM clearly recognizes that the combination of art and technology can generate important benefits for both the companies who create cutting-edge technologies and the artists who explore the many uses for those technologies.”

Adams Arts Fund Recognizes Economic Benefits of Festival

The Boston Cyberarts Festival is one of 38 initiatives that has received funding under the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2007 John and Abigail Adams Arts Program for Cultural Economic Development , which provides funding for projects that invest in cultural activities to spur economic growth. The Festival’s grant of $70,000 was the second-highest of all the projects funded this year.

The Festival received its initial seed money in the late 1990s from the MCCs former Cultural Economic Development program, the forerunner of the current Adams Arts Program. Since that time the Festival has proven to be a vital generator of economic activity: the 2005 Festival, with a total budget of less than $200,000, produced a total economic impact on its communities of more than $2.5 million. 

Andy Warhol Foundation Provides First-Ever Grant to Festival

The Festival has also received its first-ever grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a two-year grant totaling $75,000. The Warhol Foundation, which was established with the artist’s estate after his death in 1987, provides grants to nonprofit organizations that support visual artists, primarily those working in challenging and experimental new art forms.

 


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