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

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Finding Purpose Through Art

by Nicole Murray Art in its truest form is a means of self-expression which is why those who identify as LGBTQIA+ often turn to the arts as a safe outlet for exploring and questioning self-identity, gender roles, and sexuality. (LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender, with the “+” used as [...]

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Finding Purpose Through Art2021-06-21T09:07:28-04:00

Please join us in welcoming Cameryn, Devon, and Nicole to ASI!

The ASI team is growing and we are so excited to welcome three new members to our family. Please join us in welcoming Cameryn Handel (Arts Access Coordinator), Devon Bradley (Development and Engagement Manager), and Nicole Murray (Marketing and Communications Manager). Get to know them below!   Cameryn will be training with our current Arts [...]

Please join us in welcoming Cameryn, Devon, and Nicole to ASI!2021-06-07T09:38:46-04:00

Announcing the Made in Buffalo Cheryl Stern Performing Artist Fund

The Made in Buffalo - Cheryl Stern Performing Artist Fund was created in response to the generous support connected to Cheryl Stern’s starring turn in “From Buffalo to Broadway: Waiting in the Wings”, supported by the Buffalo Jewish Federation. Buffalo native Cheryl Stern who is now a Broadway, TV, and film star came home [...]

Announcing the Made in Buffalo Cheryl Stern Performing Artist Fund2021-06-01T13:36:02-04:00

Building Community Through the Arts

By Tessa Pszonak, Jess Trainor, and Holly Grant By definition, a community is a social unit united by a shared geographic location and/or commonality.  In a region as diverse as Western New York, there are many arts and cultural organizations whose work provides this 'community' space for the immigrant, refugee, and newly arrived populations. This [...]

Building Community Through the Arts2021-05-24T16:04:33-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Locust Street Art, Organization of the Year Finalist

The Spark Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. This year’s presentation will be streamed for free on our YouTube page on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more [...]

Spark Spotlight: Locust Street Art, Organization of the Year Finalist2021-05-21T09:14:06-04:00

Spark Spotlight: CEPA Gallery, Organization of the Year Finalist

The Spark Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. This year’s presentation will be streamed for free on our YouTube page on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more [...]

Spark Spotlight: CEPA Gallery, Organization of the Year Finalist2021-05-21T09:16:09-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Org of the Year Finalist

The Spark Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. This year’s presentation will be streamed for free on our YouTube page on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more [...]

Spark Spotlight: Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Org of the Year Finalist2021-05-21T12:19:20-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Stephen Solook, Artist of the Year Finalist

The Spark Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. This year’s presentation will be streamed for free on our YouTube page on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more [...]

Spark Spotlight: Stephen Solook, Artist of the Year Finalist2021-05-18T09:00:54-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Jalen A. Law, Artist of the Year Finalist

The Spark Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. This year’s presentation will be streamed for free on our YouTube page on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more [...]

Spark Spotlight: Jalen A. Law, Artist of the Year Finalist2021-05-20T15:36:00-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Chantal Calato, Artist of the Year Finalist

The Spark Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. This year’s presentation will be streamed for free on our YouTube page on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more [...]

Spark Spotlight: Chantal Calato, Artist of the Year Finalist2021-05-14T08:29:31-04:00
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