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United Arts Gives $1.4 Million to 43 Cultural Organizations

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United Arts of Central Florida is giving away more money to arts organizations this year. The funding agency announced its annual grants Tuesday, and it’s providing more than $1.4 million to 43 groups. That’s about $54,000 more than last year.

United Arts President Flora Maria Garcia says the arts enrich society for everyone.

She points to an IBM study: “The number one component that high-level executives and corporations are looking for in high-level employees is creativity, and where does that come from? It’s exposure and engagement in the arts.”

This year’s biggest grant goes to the Orlando Ballet as it builds a new facility. Smaller recipients include the Fringe Festival and The Asian Cultural Association.

Garcia says the money not only helps provide artistic experiences; it also makes attending them more affordable.

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