For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (January 3, 2008) – WXXI President Norm Silverstein has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the board of the New York Council for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The Council works to ensure that the humanities are present in the intellectual and cultural life of all New Yorkers. It administers a number of programs to promote the humanities and distributes approximately $500,000 in annual grants to organizations throughout the State.
Current programs supported by the Council include Speakers in the Schools, Reading Between the Lines and State Humanities Month. The Council works with more than 4,000 institutions in New York State including libraries, colleges, museums, public broadcasting, art galleries and community centers.

“I’m pleased to represent the Rochester area on the board of the New York Council for the Humanities,” Silverstein said. “I hope my election will encourage more Upstate participation in the Council’s work and grant programs.”

Information about the Council, including how to apply for grants, can be found at

Silverstein also serves on a number of local task forces working to promote arts, culture and literacy in the region. These include the Rochester Literacy Initiative, Mayor Duffy’s Advisory Council on Arts, Culture & Entertainment, and the Arts & Cultural Council’s CEOs’ Roundtable.

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