Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI) is excited to present its inaugural Creative Professionals Exchange, a two-day mini conference administered by the region’s leading changemakers in the arts. With topics spanning exhibition etiquette, the rise of public art, and ways for artists to make a living, these professional development seminars are designed for arts administrators, cultural leaders, community activists, and artists of all disciplines interested in making art their full-time focus. The Creative Professionals Exchange is broken up into two days with the opportunity to attend up to three sessions or panels per day.


Sessions and Panels

    • In Public: The Rise of Western New York’s Murals and More
        • Moderator: Shirley Verrico (Buffalo Arts Studio)
        • Presenters: Ally Spongr and Tyshaun D Tyson (Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Mural Project), Aaron Ott and Edreys Wajed (Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Program), John Baker (WNY-Urban Arts Collective), and Claudia Carballada
    • Exhibition Etiquette for Visual Artists
        • Presenters: Cindi Cherko O’Mara (Buffalo Society of Artists) and Emily Reynolds and Nando Alvarez-Perez (The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art)
    • Publishing Etiquette for Poets and Writers
        • Presenters: Rachelle Toarmino (Peach Mag) and Aidan Ryan (Foundlings Press)
    • To Be or Not to Be a Nonprofit
        • Presenters: Seth Wochensky (Springville Center for the Arts) and Stephanie Riso Goodwald (MTAG-Musical Theatre Artists Group)
    • 10 Reasons to Call Your Nonprofit Attorney
        • Presenter: Alyssa Gross, Esq. (William C. Moran & Associates, P.C.)
    • Working Artist’s Guide to Marketing
        • Presenter: Zack Schneider (FIFTEEN)
    • Branding Checklist for Creative Organizations
        • Presenter: Kenyana David (81Eighteen)
    • Art Means Business: ASI Resources for Artists
        • Presenters: Jen Swan (Arts Services Initiative of WNY) and Janna Willoughby-Lohr
    • Art Work: Becoming a Full-Time Artist
        • Presenters: Julia Bottoms, Julian Montague, and Kevin Heffernan (Rise Collaborative)
    • The Arts Mean Business: ASI Resources for Arts Organizations
        • Presenters: Jen Swan (Arts Services Initiative of WNY), Crystal Selk (Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology), and MarCe Zerrate-Sandel (Amor and Heritage Dance)
    • Building Community Power Through the Arts
        • Moderator: Andrea Ó Súilleabháin (Partnership for the Public Good)
        • Presenters: Michelle Holler (Journey’s End), Brendan Bannon, Gabriela Cordoba Vivas (Caldo de Cultivo), and Unai Reglero (Caldo de Cultivo)

ASI: Where the Arts Meet Business

Arts Services Initiative (ASI) is a resource hub for Western New York’s arts and cultural sector. Our inaugural Creative Professionals Exchange is one of the many ways we empower the region’s artists and arts organizations with funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts.