Western New York is incredibly lucky to have a vast and vibrant arts and cultural community in Western New York. As a result of all the cancelled or postponed events, programs, and projects, there is a high demand for this kind of financial support in the arts community.
Based on survey results from 178 artists and arts organizations from across Western New York, the current total loss of revenue/income is $2,532,576 — and that’s as of March 31, 2020. The total anticipated loss from respondents is $4,459,319.
The arts need your support—now more than ever. In addition to loss of revenue, we know from history that public funding for the arts gets cut whenever we face economic upheaval. Your donation will help ensure that our vibrant and invaluable arts and cultural community will survive this global health crisis.
All proceeds from ASI’s WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund will be distributed directly to eligible arts organizations and artists of all disciplines. This fund is possible thanks to the generous support of local foundations, corporations, and you—individual donors and neighbors within our community.
ASI has created a WNY Arts Emergency Relief Fund with seed funding from Fund for the Arts. The Fund for the Arts is a funder’s cooperative of public, private, family and corporate foundations that assesses the needs of our arts community, promotes collaboration and strengthens the sector through systems change approaches.
To date, the Fund for the Arts has distributed just under $3M to strengthen our arts and cultural sector and supported creation of Arts Services Initiative of WNY and Young Audiences of WNY’s Art Partners for Learning program.
Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
First Niagara Foundation
M&T Charitable Foundation
John R. Oishei Foundation