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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 Shanahan2020-07-27T08:01:28-04:00

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

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

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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