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Contact:   Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253/233-7845,
Jennifer Lynn, Jr Public Relations Executive (585) 899-3261 Jennifer_Lynn@dixonschwabl.com



(Rochester, New York) March 22, 2012 –WXXI’s Benches on Parade, a documentary that chronicled the Benches on Parade community arts project, has been nominated for a New York Emmy® Award in the Human Interest Program or Special category. WXXI’s Todd McCammon served as the film’s executive producer, and Kevin Juston as producer. The award winners will be announced at the 55th Annual New York Emmy® Awards gala on April 1, 2012.

“WXXI is dedicated to spotlighting Rochester’s treasures, and it is an honor to have our production of Benches on Parade recognized by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy nomination,” said Norm Silverstein, WXXI President. “We look forward to the awards ceremony, but are already proud of our team for their great work.”

The Benches on Parade community arts project launched in 2009 when project presenter Nazareth College and project producer Dixon Schwabl invited local artists to transform white fiberglass benches into works of art. The hour-long Benches on Parade documentary showcases the 119 benches that were transformed, and offers a glimpse into the creation of these public works of art. In the film, Chris Pallace, Kevin Serwacki, Mitch Messina, Pat Rechlin and Colleen L'Hommedieu and other artists share their experiences participating in the project.

The film also follows international artist Philip Burke, best known for his whimsical caricatures in Rolling Stone Magazine, in his creation of the Chuck Mangione bench. Dixon Schwabl's Howie Jacobson and Lauren Dixon, the art project producers, explain how the project came to fruition, while Nazareth College President Daan Braveman shares what being a beneficiary of the project means to his university.

“I am thrilled that Benches on Parade, a momentous community arts project – and the beautiful documentary WXXI produced, is being recognized with a prestigious New York Emmy Award nomination,” said Howie Jacobson, managing partner at Dixon Schwabl.  “We are honored and excited that Benches on Parade is continuing to receive celebrated state-wide success and recognition.”

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founded in 1955, is the preeminent membership organization serving the television industry. NY NATAS fosters creativity and inspires excellence through the renowned Emmy® Award, the most prestigious honor and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.


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