ASI and the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance (GBCA) will present their fall gathering and public workshop on Erie County advocacy and arts funding on Tuesday, October 22 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Our program will explore what advocacy means, how we use it, and how nonprofit professionals can interact with elected officials to represent the goals and interests of their organizations. In this two-part presentation, ASI and GCBA will cover Erie County’s arts funding budget process, including its timeline, important dates, and next steps, and hear from guest speaker Rebecca Newberry of Clean Air Coalition of WNY on how she and her organization have successfully implemented advocacy efforts in the pursuit of their mission.


  • Tuesday, October 22; networking 5 PM, programming 5:30 PM
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.)
  • Free and open to the public
  • Facebook event
  • RSVP

About Our Co-Presenters

The Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is a Western New York advocacy group that values the arts and cultural communities in the Buffalo/Niagara region. The goal of the GBCA is to utilize the time, talents, and recourses of its members and their respective organizations to position the arts, culture, and creativity as critical community assets and priority areas for public and private investment and engagement.

Rebecca Newberry is the executive director of Clean Air Coalition of WNY. She brings to her work 10+ years developing and managing successful issue campaigns, including environmental enforcement, climate and energy policy, and state budget legislation. Newberry is a strong facilitator, trainer, and coalition-builder with multiple examples of success building programs and teams from the ground up, managing and supporting people through coalition conflicts, and demonstrating a passion for strategy and collaboration. Her work with Clean Air has been featured by national and international publications such as Grist, Mother Jones, Bill Moyers, and Al Jazeera.