MISSION: The mission of Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is to harness the aggregate resources of our cultural organizations to position arts, culture and creativity as critical community assets and priority areas for public and private investment and engagement.

VISION: The Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance (GBCA) envisions a community that values arts and culture and the integral role they will play in our region’s future.

Arts Services Initiative of WNY works closely with GBCA in fostering and promoting advocacy efforts for the arts and cultural organizations in Western New York. ASI encourages arts and cultural organizations, and those individuals  or “friends” who support the arts in Western New York, to connect with GBCA.  Signing up for communications at their website links you and your organization to advocacy updates, grants, and GBCA  events and networking opportunities.

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MISSION: The Cultural Alliance of Niagara is a member-powered collaborative that positions Niagara County’s flourishing arts and cultural sector as a vital regional asset and visitor destination, essential to the region’s economic success and quality of life.

The Cultural Alliance of Niagara (CAN) was formed in the mid 1980s as a partnership between the arts, cultural, and heritage organizations of Niagara County in an effort to raise awareness of Niagara’s destinations and to secure funding and support.  The concept of cultural tourism was taking shape in the region, and CAN was an early advocate of this important economic development strategy.

During the 1990s CAN collected data to demonstrate the remarkable economic impact of Niagara County’s arts, heritage and cultural sites.  This Information was shared at an annual reception for state and county public officials. The group coordinated “training days” for Leadership Niagara that highlighted Niagara County’s cultural profile. CAN implemented a collaborative marketing brochure which it continues to update and distribute.

Currently, CAN’s goal is to increase familiarity and ultimately partnerships with business, community and civic leaders so that the sector has a more valued and integrated role in the life of Niagara County residents.

Arts Services Initiatives works closely with the Cultural Alliance of Niagara, providing this group with administrative support and guidance.

Mailing Address: Cultural Alliance of Niagara, PO Box 209, Lewiston, NY 14092

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The Arts Partners for Learning (APL) Initiative takes best practices from around the country to build capacity for arts education in the eight counties of Western New York.  APL has been formed with the support of the Fund for the Arts, John R. Oishei Foundation, and Young Audiences, Inc. with the vision to expand capacity of arts organizations and educational institutions in WNY.

Young Audiences of Western New York is coordinating this community wide initiative to expand capacity of arts organizations and educational institutions.  Goals include: improving educational attainment of the region’s young people; providing access to underserved children, artists, and arts organizations; providing services to the area’s cultural assets; and to ensure future audiences and supporters of the arts.

Priorities that are well received by educators include, “one stop shopping” arts education services and consistent, centralized management, evaluation, and research.

Arts Services Initiative of WNY provides administrative and advocacy support to this program and serves on the Leadership Team.

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The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo (TAB) is a consortium of Western New York professional theatre companies dedicated to promoting the welfare of its member organizations and appreciation of the art of theatre.

Goals of the organization:

  • Strengthen and enhance marketing efforts.
  • Develop and invigorate communication and coordination among its members.
  • Provide opportunities to stabilize and strengthen TAB members as a cultural and regional asset.

Arts Services Initiative is currently working with the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo on an internal efficiency study.

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