(Photo by Tiffany Rohrback of the “Art Moves Me”  program at the Burchfield Penney, a DEC Funded program)
Congratulations to this years’ DEC grantees!
The DEC Grant is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and given out locally by Arts Services Initiative of WNY. Forty-eight organizations and artists in Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $120,000 for community and school-based arts and cultural programs and artworks taking place in 2019.
Learn more about these organizations and artists by clicking on the links below. Be sure to also check out the dates and times of their DEC Grant funded arts programming in the Google Calendar (coming soon)!

The 2019 recipients are:

Erie County Community Arts & Arts Education Grant Recipients (by Grantee Name and Project Title):

Amherst Bel Canto Choir, Inc.- NYACDA Invitational Choral Festival

Brazen-Faced Varlets- The Secretary by Kyle John Schmidt

Buffalo Arts and Technology Center Inc. – Youth Arts Program: Sustainability for the Digital Photography Class

Buffalo Girlchoir- “A Journey through Song” Concert

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy- 2019 Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

Concord Historical Society- Fiddler’s Green Country & Bluegrass Festival

Explore Buffalo- Doors Open Buffalo

Finding Refuge in Buffalo Project- Finding Refuge in Buffalo

Holland Community Choir- Spring & Christmas Productions for 2019

Hostel Buffalo-Niagara- BOX Gallery 5th Anniversary Year

India Association of Buffalo- 2019 Festival of India

Leanne Darling- Arabic Music Workshop and Concerts

No Wound Untreated- Check Your Trauma

O’Connell & Company Productions, Inc.- 1776: An Award Winning Musical about the Founding Fathers & the Declaration of Independence

Pappy Martin Legacy – Masten Jazz Festival 24th Annual Pappy Martin Legacy

Parkinson’s Foundation, WNY Chapter- Art Moves Me at Burchfield Penney Art Center

Peace of the City Ministries- “Shakespeare Comes to 716”

People Inc. – Momentum WNY Choir

Post-Industrial Productions of Buffalo, INC- Medusa Undone by Bella Poynton

Raíces Theatre Company- Desde El Puente

Red Blazer Men’s Chorus- Senior Citizen Concert Series

Restoration Society, Inc.- Restoration Stories: Creating Opportunities in the Arts

Rosanna Elizabeth Corey Heckl Foundation for the Arts Inc. – Community Wayang Project

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery- Starlight City Assemblies

Second Generation Theatre co- Second Generation Theatre presents NINE

The Big Easy in Buffalo, Inc.- The Big Easy in Buffalo 2019 Season

The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art- The Institution

Town of Boston- Town of Boston Arts Council 2019 Summer Concert Series

Town of Brant- 2019 Brant-Farnham Monday Night FREE Summer Concerts

Town of Elma- 2019 Summer Concerts on the Green

Valley Community Association Inc.- “Striving For Excellence” Art Program

Village of Blasdell- Village of Blasdell 2019 Summer Concert Series

Village of Springville- Heritage Park Kinetic Wind Sculptures

West Falls Center for the Arts – Harmonica for Veterans

West Side Community Services, Inc.- West Side Youth Arts

Niagara County Community Arts & Arts Education Grant Recipients:

Cultural Alliance of Niagara- Arts Niagara, Niagara County Arts & Cultural Marketing

Kenan Center- Jazz at the Taylor

Lake Plains Players- Oklahoma

Lewiston Council on the Arts- Earth Voices of the Great Spirit: A Celebration of Native American Culture

Lock City Glee Club, Inc.- Lock City Glee Club 2019 Concert Series

Lockport Public Arts Council- Sweet Chalk Festival 2019

Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society– “Powerful People, Powerful Places”

NYSARC Inc., Cattaraugus Niagara Counties Chapter- “Take Us Home, Country Roads”

The Lockport Chorale- Music of the World: A Multi-Generational Showcase

Individual Artist Commission Grant Recipients (by Artist Name, County and Project Title):

Stacey Lechevet (Erie County) – Community Mural for the West Falls Center for the Arts

Rosemarie Lorenti (Niagara County) – Niagara Falls Public Pianos 2019

Cynthia Pegado (Niagara County) – Sound Dance

Phyllis Thompson (Erie County) – Making Memories: Telling Visual Stories


Arts Services Initiative Press Release – 2019 DEC Grant Recipients Announced