In response to the negativity surrounding recent announcements by Western New York artists and arts organizations that they will be instituting mandatory vaccination or mandatory mask policies, ASI has developed a pledge for patrons and supporters to display their support of these policies.

The #WeAreWNYArts Pledge

As a patron and supporter of the Western New York arts community, I stand by the COVID-19 safety policies instituted by area artists and arts organizations for their in-person events to keep the community-at-large safe.

I will continue to support these artists and institutions because I recognize that these safety measures are a vital measure to ensure that the arts do not shut down again which would cause major economic damage and would cause some organizations to close permanently.

I understand that these safety measures are not only for my benefit, but to ensure the health and well-being of the artists whose livelihood is contingent on live events and any number of employees who are front-facing public workers.

I will do my part and adhere to the policies set forth by these institutions so that I may continue to enjoy the concerts, musicals, plays, museums, galleries, performances, and other activities offered in Western New York.

Sign the Pledge


Number of signatories

Cameryn Handel, “Let’s do our part to keep the arts open!”
Nicole Murray, Arts Services Inc.
Hope W.
Juan Herrera, Liminal Space Ensemble
John Smigielski, Burchfield Penney Art Center
Connor Schloop, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Jeremiah Towe
Kenneth Murray, patron of Shea’s & BPO
Cathy Will
Susan M. Hutton, “Arts, and pandemic prevention, are community endeavors”
Alyssa Kearly
Matthew Tichy, Music Teaching Williamsville CSD
Kelcie Rose Hanaka, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Gloria, “The Arts serve to advance humanity in thoughts and action”
Brendan Fitzgerald, Wooden Cities
Jen Swan, All WNY Arts!!
Katelyn Rapini, Musician
Lauren Conti
Mary Beth Murray
Sara Hills
Marie Therese Kersten
Anne Conable, Arts supporter & advocate
Margaret M. Smith, Ujima Theatre Company
Barbara Ann Jezioro, The Friends of Vienna Inc.
Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio
Michael Morgulis, Morgulis Gallery, “Be safe and healthy, support independent artists”
Heather Lovelace
Karen L. Podd
Paula Minklei, Volunteer at Friends of Burchfield Nature & Art Center
Katie Weissman
Audrey Kay Dowling, “Let’s keep each other healthy!”
Priscilla Young-Anker
Meghann Boltz
Holly Grant, Arts Services Inc.
Jennifer Williams, Patron
Marisua Caruso
Sarah Ventola, “United We Stand until covid is defeated for good!”
Clare T. Poth
Jared Benjamin, Patron, “As performer and patron myself, I know this pandemic is far from over.”
John Sauter, @JPSInkArt/@FreeLittleArtGalleryBflo
Lucy Maliszewski, “I support all WNY Arts programs and what is necessary to stay safe”
Pamela Rose Mangus, O’Connell & Company Productions
Kathryn J. Duane
Clinton Brown FAIA, Clinton Brown Company Architecture
Danette Pawlowski, CSz Buffalo
Frani Evedon, Buffalo Society of Artists
Hanford W. Searl Jr., Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus
Jane Fischer, Player/Performer at ComedySportz Buffalo
Heidi Halt, Neglia Ballet
Kate Bassett, Buffalo Girlchoir
Debra A. Mattice
Austin Carbone, University at Buffalo
Kate Bassett, Buffalo Girlchoir
Sarah Whitehead
Alyson O’Connor
April Biggs, Dance Artist
Elizabeth Meg, Advocate
Katie Toth, Trebird Jewelry
Devon Bradley, “We need the arts now and always, let’s do our part to help them thrive”

Nadine Helta, “If this is what it takes to keep the arts happening, then all should get on board!”
321Residence, Resident Artist Program, “Vaccination is the prerequisite of application to the residency.”
Linda Lombardo Appleby, Board of Directors of Historic Colored Musicians Club and Ujima Theatre Company, “We are all in this together”
Bronwen Battaglia, Neglia Ballet
Randall Kramer, MusicalFare Theatre
Heather Felton, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Nicolette Navarro, Bellissima Productions
Sean Crawford
Danceability, Inc.
Mark Filsinger, Buffalo Jazz Collective, “Thank you ASI for all you do for our community!”
Eric Wozniak, Local musician
Debbie Slisz, Proud support of Danceability
Claudia Carballada
Carrie Marcotte, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, “Let’s keep our community safe, and arts alive, and support the front facing employees of our arts organizations.”
John Kehoe, ComedySportz
Celeste Lawson, Artist/Typographer, “We must do all we can to protect ourselves and our community members”
Julio Enrique Flores, Western New York Book Arts Center
Jeff O’Connell
Tanika Holmes
Dave Wedekindt, Artpark + Board of ASI and MusicalFare
Cassie Cameron, Patron of WNY Arts
Sarah Norat-Phillips, Ujima Company Inc, “We remain committed to caring for the beloved community”
Tess Lojacono, CEO of Fine Art Miracles, “Let’s do this together and keep EVERYONE safe!”
Gerald Ramsey, Ujima theatre company
Vera Kozak, Patron of Vocalis Chamber Chorus, “All for one and one for all!”
Janet Frankel, Aficionado and supporter
Mary T
Sandra Pardy, “Arts has done so much to help people who can’t get to and see events because of cost. Thanks.”
Emily Louis
Eli Campbell
Gloria Leshoure, Patron of WNY Arts, “Let’s keep everyone safe and healthy”
Irene Sipos, Buffalo State and Freelance
Nikki Milley
Brian Pennock, Red Blazer Men’s Chorus
Pamela Rose Mangus, O’Connell & Company Productions
MarCe, Amor and Heritage, “We love life, we care about each other therefore we protect ourselves and others”
Jade Proffitt
Kristen Belculfine
Mark B.
David Chambers
Laura Thompson
Dr. Evans

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