The state of emergency caused by COVID-19 has profoundly impacted Western New York’s creative industry, and there’s only more chaos and uncertainty ahead. We wish we had answers for you; we don’t. We don’t know how long this crisis will last, or how deeply its impact will be felt by every neighbor in our community. We do know, however, that artists and arts administrators are not alone, and that their work is seen and valued—perhaps now more than ever.
We support the arts because we know they are a source of unity and healing for communities; they bring us together and force us to reckon with the big questions of our shared experiences. When we make it to the other side of this crisis—and we will make it to the other side—we’ll need the arts to help us repair.
Why do you support the arts? WNY Arts Week began on Monday, April 13 and culminated on Saturday, April 18 (and included World Arts Day on Wednesday, April 15!). Our week-long social media campaign celebrating WNY Arts Week served to boost the spirits of our region’s creative professionals.