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Associate Director, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Grants Coordinator

Celeste Lawson Receives 2020 Fendrick Theatre Fund Grant

We are excited to announce that local poet and writer Celeste Lawson was the recipient of this year's Fendrick Theatre Fund grant for her production of Typography of Women: I Am Not Invisible. Typography Of Women: I Am Not Invisible was born out of a 10-year desire of Celeste's to create an original performance piece [...]

Celeste Lawson Receives 2020 Fendrick Theatre Fund Grant2020-09-25T14:27:56-04:00

“Au-some” Aquarium: Q&A with the Aquarium of Niagara

For this month’s Accessibility in the Arts spotlight, we sat down with Gary Siddall, Executive Director of the Aquarium of Niagara, to learn more about the organization, it's programming, and how they are working more closely with the WNY community. The Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY strives to celebrate our natural wonders and [...]

“Au-some” Aquarium: Q&A with the Aquarium of Niagara2020-09-20T09:48:00-04:00

Michelle Braswell Joins ASI’s Board of Directors

We are excited to announce that Michelle Braswell has been appointed to our board of directors after serving on various committees and panels for ASI. "Michelle's been a vital part of ASI for several years," said ASI Executive Director Jennifer Swan-Kilpatrick. "She's been a grant review panelist, a part of our Special Events Committee, and [...]

Michelle Braswell Joins ASI’s Board of Directors2020-09-04T09:21:16-04:00

CPX2020: Reimagining WNY’s Creative Industry

Creative Professionals Exchange (CPX) 2020 Friday-Saturday, November 6-7, 2020 In 2019, ASI created the Creative Professionals Exchange (CPX) to bring together individual artists and arts administrators to begin discussions about relevant issues and trends in the arts. This year, the COVID-19 health crisis has brought to the surface many of the systemic issues and flaws [...]

CPX2020: Reimagining WNY’s Creative Industry2020-09-16T17:02:47-04:00

Increasing Racial Diversity in Orchestra: Q&A with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Founded in 1935, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) is our region's  professional symphony orchestra. Under the artistic leadership of JoAnn Falleta, the BPO provides artistic excellence and integrity to enrich the quality of life in Western New York through the presentation of live symphonic music and other musical events which educate and entertain the broadest [...]

Increasing Racial Diversity in Orchestra: Q&A with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra2020-08-20T09:56:56-04:00

Online NYFA Resources and Services Talk

WNY artists of all disciplines are invited to join us for this free online event on Wednesday, August 19. The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) State & Local Partnerships program, will present a free public program for artists of all disciplines in [...]

Online NYFA Resources and Services Talk2020-08-20T10:11:02-04:00

Diverse Voices: Q&A with Torn Space Theater’s Dan Shanahan

Founded by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola, Torn Space Theater aims to create original, aesthetically innovative performances, and to introduce internationally-renowned, contemporary performance to Western New York and the Buffalo-Niagara Region. For this month’s Accessibility in the Arts spotlight, we sat down with Torn Space's Artistic Director and Founder Dan Shanahan to learn more about [...]

Diverse Voices: Q&A with Torn Space Theater’s Dan Shanahan2020-08-20T09:57:22-04:00

Cassandra Ott Selected for Seneca Street Mural

We are very excited to announce that local artist Cassandra Ott has been selected to create a mural at 550 Seneca Street in Buffalo. The call, administered by ASI, was an extremely competitive process that saw dozens of terrific proposals from talented and experienced artists from across Western New York. Cassandra is set to begin [...]

Cassandra Ott Selected for Seneca Street Mural2020-07-20T11:43:14-04:00

ASI Awards $235,640 in Emergency Relief Grants

We are excited to announce that we have awarded a total of 154 emergency relief grants amounting to $235,640 through our WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund.  The fund, which opened on May 1, 2020 in response to COVID-19's devastating impact on Western New York arts and cultural industry, supported 86  arts and cultural organizations and [...]

ASI Awards $235,640 in Emergency Relief Grants2020-07-13T12:36:29-04:00

Fond Farewell to ASI’s Communications & Development Manager Rachelle Toarmino

It is with mixed feelings that we must say farewell to our Communications & Development Manager Rachelle Toarmino. While we’re sad to see her leave, our team is so proud to congratulate her as she embarks on her journey to the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an MFA candidate and teaching associate in poetry in [...]

Fond Farewell to ASI’s Communications & Development Manager Rachelle Toarmino2020-07-10T14:55:18-04:00
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