At ASI, advocacy for the cultural sector is an important part of what we do in service of the area’s 300-plus not for profit cultural organizations, their thousands of employees, and the hundreds of thousands who invest in the cultural sector through their attendance, service, and donations.
Each election cycle, Arts Services Initiative poses a series of questions to candidates for elected office across the region, focusing on the legislative and executive branches. The survey begins with five questions asked of all candidates, followed by questions specific to the office they seek; the survey focuses on the role of the arts in public life and educations and the role that government and community play in supporting the arts.
Completed surveys will be printed unedited in The Public (except for those answers that exceed the word limit) prior to the general election (and also prior to the primary election for those seats with an active primary) and will be made available throughout the election season electronically via The Public, Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance, and many cultural organizations. Those who do not respond will be listed in the publication and noted as “Chose not to respond to survey”. In total, it is estimated that this survey will be seen by over 75,000 constituents of the cultural community.