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

Applications Open for Fendrick Theatre Fund: $1,000 Grant for a Theater Artist

ASI is excited to announce that applications for our David R. Fendrick Theatre Fund are now open. This biannual program awards one $1,000 grant to an individual theater artist in Western New York, and supports the writing or production of new work, the new production of existing work, experimental and multi-media theatrical productions, and/or the [...]

Applications Open for Fendrick Theatre Fund: $1,000 Grant for a Theater Artist2020-06-26T13:15:17-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Chris J. Handley, Artist of the Year Finalist

Chris J. Handley is a finalist for this year's Spark Award for Artist of the Year, an award that honors an individual artist in any discipline for their achievements during the previous year. Chris has worked in theaters across the country for over 20 years as an actor, teacher, director, and producer. He currently serves [...]

Spark Spotlight: Chris J. Handley, Artist of the Year Finalist2020-06-17T10:11:48-04:00

An Extra Effort: Q&A with Locust Street Art Executive Director Rachelyn Noworyta

Locust Street Art (LSA) is a nonprofit arts organization that has provided free studio art classes and low-cost specialized workshops and custom services for both children and adults since 1959. Its roster of teaching artists reflects specializations in painting, drawing, ceramics, animation, photography, and more. For this month’s Accessibility in the Arts spotlight, we sat [...]

An Extra Effort: Q&A with Locust Street Art Executive Director Rachelyn Noworyta2020-06-15T11:24:57-04:00

Spark Spotlight: JoAnn Falletta, Artist of the Year Finalist

JoAnn Falletta is a finalist for this year's Spark Award for Artist of the Year, an award honors an individual artist in any discipline for their achievements the previous year. JoAnn is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music. Upon her appointment as [...]

Spark Spotlight: JoAnn Falletta, Artist of the Year Finalist2020-06-10T11:03:56-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Edreys Wajed, Artist of the Year Finalist

Edreys Wajed is a finalist for this year's Spark Award for Artist of the Year, an award that honors an individual artist in any discipline for their achievements the previous year. Born and raised in Buffalo, Edreys is an enthusiastic and inspiring walking enterprise of all things creative, from visual artist and hip hop musician [...]

Spark Spotlight: Edreys Wajed, Artist of the Year Finalist2020-06-03T12:03:40-04:00

Spark Spotlight: Unique Theatre Company, Organization of the Year Finalist

[Note: ASI’s 7th Annual Spark Awards has been rescheduled to Monday, November 16, 2020.] Unique Theatre Company, finalist for this year’s Spark Award for Arts Organization of the Year, offers a safe and inclusive place for people of all abilities to have a true theater experience. It offers creative workers the opportunity to assist with the [...]

Spark Spotlight: Unique Theatre Company, Organization of the Year Finalist2020-05-27T10:42:57-04:00

Reopening Together: A Professional Development Series

As we gear up for the reopening of Western New York’s arts and cultural sector, Arts Services Initiative will be presenting our new professional development series, Reopening Together, throughout the month of June. Join us for this free weekly series to discuss guidelines and share ideas on how we—as a community—can successfully and safely reopen [...]

Reopening Together: A Professional Development Series2020-06-10T15:37:08-04:00

ASI Awards Additional $94,820 in Relief to Local Artists and Organizations

Arts Services Initiative has awarded an additional $94,820 in emergency grants to local artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This event brings the granted total from our WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund to $192,790, supporting a total of 69 organizations and 56 individuals. Grants were awarded to artists and [...]

ASI Awards Additional $94,820 in Relief to Local Artists and Organizations2020-05-22T09:43:29-04:00

Spark Spotlight: O’Connell & Company, Organization of the Year Finalist

[Note: ASI’s 7th Annual Spark Awards has been rescheduled to Monday, November 16, 2020.] O'Connell & Company Productions is a finalist for this year's Spark Award for Arts Organization of the Year, an award that honors a nonprofit or for-profit arts organization for its achievements in the preceding year. O'Connell & Company is dedicated to entertaining [...]

Spark Spotlight: O’Connell & Company, Organization of the Year Finalist2020-05-20T10:49:53-04:00
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