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

ASI Helps Record-Breaking Number of Local Artists Receive NYSCA Support for Artists Funding

(Featured image is "Trailblazer of the Arts" Spark Award winner Aitina Fareed-Cooke) In 2021, a year marked by turmoil and transformation, Arts Services Inc. (ASI) had a record-breaking nine Erie and Chautauqua County artists selected to receive $10,000 each in funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for their Round 3 [...]

ASI Helps Record-Breaking Number of Local Artists Receive NYSCA Support for Artists Funding2022-01-13T10:29:48-05:00

CPX Refresh Spotlight: Michael Serio

The Alexander Technique was developed in 1890 by Frederick Mathias Alexander, an actor who used the power of posture and mindful movement to overcome debilitating voice loss after repeatedly performing Shakespeare for crowds. Since then, the Alexander Technique has been used by musicians, actors, and non-arts folk alike to improve air flow, vocal focus, [...]

CPX Refresh Spotlight: Michael Serio2022-01-10T09:54:40-05:00

Art at the Intersection of Culture and Spirituality

By Nicole Murray In the same way that western music has its roots in religious tradition, the interconnectedness between religion and art has been symbiotic; both evolving codependently to reflect social, cultural, and technological changes over time. Though the study of religion is mostly accomplished through text, the aesthetic qualities of religious artwork have remained [...]

Art at the Intersection of Culture and Spirituality2021-12-17T09:33:29-05:00

CPX Refresh Spotlight: Megan McElfresh

Between worrying about rising COVID cases, fundraising, finishing reports, tending to family members, and writing grant proposals, finding about a productive workspace almost seems negligible in the grand scheme of things. At least that’s what Megan McElfresh, Executive Director of the Stained Glass Association of America, thought before she stumbled upon on a space [...]

CPX Refresh Spotlight: Megan McElfresh2021-12-20T08:19:07-05:00

CPX Refresh Spotlight: Dr. Christian Bernhard

In this day and age, artists and arts administrators face a challenging climate of potential stressors. From political and media perspectives to interactions with colleagues, there exists a culture that can lead to stress and burnout. However, there are many out there who thrive in these environments, and enjoy fulfilling careers in their professions. [...]

CPX Refresh Spotlight: Dr. Christian Bernhard2021-12-20T08:14:51-05:00

We did it!

Arts Services Inc has been proudly serving the Western New York arts industry for 10 years and thanks to all of you, we're ready to take on new and exciting work to continue giving back to our community. You helped us achieve our goal of raising over $10,000 which will go directly to growing our [...]

We did it!2021-12-20T07:51:42-05:00

Now Taking Applications: Give for Greatness Grant Program

The Give for Greatness grant supports small to mid-sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Allegany counties by providing general operating support of up to $2,000. For 2021, we have a total of $15,000 to award. To make the most impact with this funding, we are asking nonprofit organizations [...]

Now Taking Applications: Give for Greatness Grant Program2021-12-02T16:29:26-05:00
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