The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center was announced as 2015 Cultural Organization of the Year at the Arts Services Initiative of WNY Spark Cultural Awards presented by M&T Bank. Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist David Michael Miller was selected as Artist of the Year.
ASI previously announced three finalists in each category. The other finalists also were recognized at the awards party for their achievement:
Artist of the Year:
Cultural Organization of the Year:
In addition to The NACC and Miller, ASI presented awards to these previously announced winners:
The Spark Cultural Awards party featured live performances by Critt's Juke Joint (with Miller sitting in) and Amor & Heritage Traditional Dance Co.; live art creation by Chuck Tingley and Jenn Mayberry; videos from Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center's Tech Arts for Girls program; and a popup gallery featuring work from the winners and finalists.
"When you look at the list of winners and finalist, it speaks volumes about the depth, breadth and quality of the Western New York cultural sector," ASI Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. "We congratulate and celebrate these individuals and organizations for all they do."