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Read the Candidate Survey Results for the Primaries

At ASI, advocacy for the cultural sector is an important part of what we do in service of the area’s 300-plus not for profit cultural organizations, their thousands of employees, and the hundreds of thousands who invest in the cultural sector through their attendance, service, and donations. Each election cycle, Arts Services Initiative poses a [...]

Read the Candidate Survey Results for the Primaries2016-10-25T12:34:29-04:00

2016 Candidate Surveys Now Available

At ASI, advocacy for the cultural sector is an important part of what we do in service of the area’s 300-plus not for profit cultural organizations, their thousands of employees, and the hundreds of thousands who invest in the cultural sector through their attendance, service, and donations. Each election cycle, Arts Services Initiative poses a [...]

2016 Candidate Surveys Now Available2016-08-15T16:52:51-04:00

Economic Impact Report (2014)

The Economic Impact of Western New York’s Not-for-Profit Industry November 2014 Prepared By: Kent Gardener, Ph.D. – Project Director; Center for Governmental Research Inc.   Click here to download the 2014 Economic Impact of Western New York Full Report SUMMARY Center for Governmental Research (CGR) was engaged to estimate the impact of the not-for-profit cultural industry [...]

Economic Impact Report (2014)2017-02-12T01:02:30-05:00

Attorney general goes after misconduct in the ticket sales industry

When the announcement came through that Paul McCartney would perform in Buffalo for the first time last October, Debra Cresanti, like many fans, hurried to make sure that she was among those who would get a ticket before the concert sold out. But it did sell out, in just four minutes. She did eventually purchase [...]

Attorney general goes after misconduct in the ticket sales industry2016-02-10T11:03:13-05:00

Erie County budget plan hold line of taxes, boosts funds for culturals

Erie County lawmakers heard a lot Monday evening during their public hearing on County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s budget proposal for 2014, including appeals to support Poloncarz’s plan to hire a new energy officer to reduce the county’s costs for electricity and other energy use. In addition, the Legislature heard appeals to consider property taxes [...]

Erie County budget plan hold line of taxes, boosts funds for culturals2017-02-12T01:02:31-05:00

Congressman Higgins, local arts community warn of impact of proposed cut to federal arts program

As Western New York prepares to celebrate the start of theater season with Curtain Up!, Congressman Brian Higgins and leaders in the Western New York arts community are warning of the impact of a House appropriations bill that cuts funding to the National Endowment for the Arts in half. The House of Representatives fiscal year [...]

Congressman Higgins, local arts community warn of impact of proposed cut to federal arts program2015-12-11T14:47:49-05:00

Congressman warns of cuts to federal arts funding

Some prominent arts and cultural groups could be in for a major funding cut. A bill working its way through Congress could slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to its lowest level since the 1970s. If a House appropriations bill is approved, Congressman Brian Higgins says National Endowment for the Arts funding [...]

Congressman warns of cuts to federal arts funding2015-12-11T15:13:03-05:00

Higgins warns cultural groups of impending fund cuts to NEA

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, UB Center for the Arts, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center are among the nonprofit Buffalo arts organizations that have received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. But Rep. Brian Higgins warned Monday that a House appropriations bill would [...]

Higgins warns cultural groups of impending fund cuts to NEA2015-12-22T14:43:53-05:00

WNY arts & culturals threatened by Congressional cuts

AMHERST, N.Y. — "Local professional artists are employed year-round as artists in residence working directly with patients," UB Center for the Arts executive director Thomas Burrows said. Working with patients on everything from writing to dance at Roswell and Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, UB's Arts in Healthcare Initiative has received national attention since [...]

WNY arts & culturals threatened by Congressional cuts2015-12-22T14:50:18-05:00

Arts initiative picks up $25K grant

The Arts Services Initiative of Western New York will map the economic impact of the arts and culture in the region with help from a new $25,000 grant. The funds come from the Arts & Culture Research Fund established last year by the New York Community Trust to answer exactly what arts and culture contribute [...]

Arts initiative picks up $25K grant2017-02-12T01:02:31-05:00
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