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NextGen Festival Receives Grant to Cover Costs

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Teen Center has been eager to host its second NextGen Festival of the Arts, and now that the cost will be covered by a grant, the organization’s officials said they are even more excited to host the event.

The teen center received a $4,000 grant from Entergy to cover the costs of the festival, slated to take place in May. Last year, more than 100 students from Yorktown sent in entries or participated in the festival.

"This grant will allow us to add to what we already have planned by providing us funds to offset our costs," Helena Rodriguez said, president of the board of directors of the center.

The month-long art festival is a way to showcase the creative talents of Yorktown youth, Rodriguez said. In the original announcement of the event being held a second time, she said the first event was a huge success, which led them to plan it again.

“We saw how successful our first NextGen Festival of the Arts was with promoting over 100 creative and talented teens and decided to make it an annual event,” she said. “This is the only festival exclusively for teens that I am aware of that includes multiple talents and lasts more than a week.”

Rodriguez said the idea also came from other events, such as First Fridays Open Mic sponsored by the teen center that also showcases the musical talents of teens. For more information on entering the festival, as well as dates and times of performances, click here .

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