In light of the current crisis surrounding COVID-19, the health and safety of our patrons, employees, and community are—as always—our highest priority. We have been closely monitoring updates and information issued by our local, state, and federal governing bodies, and as a result, have decided to reschedule ASI’s 7th Annual Spark Awards, originally planned for Wednesday, May 13.

The 7th Annual Spark Awards will now be held on Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Forbes Theatre at 500 Pearl from 6 to 9 PM. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for this new date, and in addition to our regular in-person celebration, we are exploring options to add a virtual experience for those who may still be nervous about gathering in person. Of course, this rescheduling and planning assumes that social gatherings are determined safe and permissible at that later date, and we will continue to reassess as we monitor status updates on COVID-19.

We want our community to know how grateful we are for your ongoing support of ASI and of Western New York’s creative industry. More than ever, ASI is here to advance, celebrate, and support our region’s arts and cultural community, who are among the most economically vulnerable during this challenging time. We hope you all are staying safe and healthy, and we look forward with great excitement to celebrating the incredible achievements and contributions of our 2020 honorees and the remarkable generosity of our sponsors and supporters in November.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Holly at or (716) 833-3004 x512.