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2021 Spark Awards Honorees

We are very excited to announce the finalists and honorees of the eighth annual Spark Awards presented by M&T Bank! ASI’s annual Spark Awards celebrates and honors outstanding individuals and organizations from across Western New York for their dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector. The honorees and finalists are selected every [...]

2021 Spark Awards Honorees2021-03-30T13:44:07-04:00

7th Annual Spark Awards Honorees Announced

We announced the winners and honorees of the 7th annual Spark Awards on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm. The presentation was streamed for free through our YouTube page  here. The presentation featured each of this year’s honorees through pre-recorded speeches. It also announced the winners of the Artist of the Year and Arts Organization [...]

7th Annual Spark Awards Honorees Announced2020-11-17T14:13:37-05:00

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 Finalist2020-11-16T08:09:48-05:00

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 Finalist2020-11-16T08:10:38-05:00

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 Finalist2020-11-16T08:14:41-05:00

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 Finalist2020-11-16T08:16:10-05:00

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 Finalist2020-11-16T08:17:33-05:00

Spark Spotlight: 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center 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. The organization has been enhancing the cultural landscape of Chautauqua County since its grand reopening in [...]

Spark Spotlight: 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center2020-11-16T08:18:41-05:00

Spark Spotlight: Lewiston Council on the Arts, DEC Program of the Year

Lewiston Council on the Arts is the winner of this year's Spark Award for DEC Program of the Year, an award that recognizes ASI's Decentralization (DEC) grantees for their hard work and successful art projects that took place during the previous calendar year. The council—which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone [...]

Spark Spotlight: Lewiston Council on the Arts, DEC Program of the Year2020-11-16T08:20:02-05:00

Spark Spotlight: West Falls Center for the Arts, Rising Star

The West Falls Center for the Arts is the winner of this year's Spark Award for Rising Star, an award that honors a relatively new organization, an individual who is new in their position or organization, or a group or artist entering the next phase of their development. The nonprofit organization has provided visual, performing, [...]

Spark Spotlight: West Falls Center for the Arts, Rising Star2020-11-16T08:23:38-05:00
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