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Creative COVID Captioning: Q&A with the Irish Classical Theatre Company

For this month’s Accessibility in the Arts spotlight, we sat down with Kate LoConti Alcocer, Executive Artistic Director of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, to learn more about the organization, their programming, and how they are leading the charge to make theatre more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing communities. The Irish Classical [...]

Creative COVID Captioning: Q&A with the Irish Classical Theatre Company2020-10-11T18:11:43-04:00

“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, their 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 Niagara2020-09-26T10:18:29-04:00

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

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

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

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 Noworyta2020-08-20T09:58:00-04:00

Making Magic: Q&A with Inclusive Theater Founder Aimee M. Levesque, PhD

Photo: The Inclusive Theater cast of the Shakespeare in the Parking Lot performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Aimee M. Levesque, PhD is the founder, executive, and artistic director of Inclusive Theater of WNY, a performing and visual arts company that promotes inclusion, diversity, and respect in the arts by welcoming people of all levels [...]

Making Magic: Q&A with Inclusive Theater Founder Aimee M. Levesque, PhD2020-08-20T09:58:40-04:00

One Experience Can Change a Family’s Life: Q&A with Jana Mertz, Program Coordinator of the Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center

The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children’s Hospital, winner of this year’s Spark Award for Arts Integration, has provided multidisciplinary evaluation, diagnosis, care, and support for families with autism spectrum disorders since 2009. In addition to the medical work done by the Center, the resources and programs for families with autism, [...]

One Experience Can Change a Family’s Life: Q&A with Jana Mertz, Program Coordinator of the Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center2020-08-20T10:00:15-04:00

Art Means Nothing if There Are Barriers: Q&A with Squeaky Wheel’s Kevin Kline

As part of our 2020 resolution to ignite conversations related to accessibility, diversity, inclusion, and equity in Western New York, every month ASI will spotlight a new local leader in the arts whose initiatives are creating important and lasting impacts. Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center has a mission to continue a legacy of [...]

Art Means Nothing if There Are Barriers: Q&A with Squeaky Wheel’s Kevin Kline2020-08-20T10:01:04-04:00
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