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Arts Services Initiative announces 2016 Give for Greatness grant awards

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Thu, Dec 22nd 2016 06:00 pm

35 cultural organizations in 5 counties funded through program

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York on Thursday announced the recipients of the 2016 Give for Greatness grants. Thirty-five grants providing general operating support in the amount of $1,000 each were awarded to cultural organizations across ASI's entire five-county service area thanks to several fundraising initiatives throughout the year.

Out of 78 applicants, a panel of local cultural leaders chose the following 35 organizations:

•African American Center for Cultural Development

•Amor & Heritage

•Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center

•Blues Society of Western New York

•Brazen-Faced Varlets

•Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus

•Buffalo iNFRINGEMENT Festival

•Buffalo Jazz Collective

•Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

•Buffalo Silver Band

•Buffalo String Works

•Buffalo Sugar City

•Carnegie Art Center

•Cattaraugus County Arts Council

•The Committee for the Buffalo Religious Arts Center

•Cuba Circulating Library

•Dance Days of Buffalo

•El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera

•The Fountain Arts Center

•Friends of Vienna

•German-American Musicians Association

•Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York

•Lock City Glee Club

•Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe

•Niagara Falls Little Theatre / The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild

•Nickel City Opera

•North Shore Arts Alliance

•The Olean Theatre Workshop

•Orchard Park Chorale

•PDdance

•Polish Arts Club of Buffalo

•Red Blazer Men's Chorus

•Southern Tier Symphony

•Subversive Theatre Collective

•Western Door Playhouse

"The 2016 Give for Greatness grant recipients represent some important grassroots cultural organizations doing great work across Western New York," Arts Services Initiative Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. "Some of these groups serve as cultural hubs in rural communities, some have annual budgets under $10,000 but manage to make a big impact with those limited funds, and some are just getting off the ground. For all of them, however, this grant is a way to encourage and reinforce their great work."

Funds for the Give for Greatness grants were raised through several fundraising events and donations throughout this year, including Lawyers for the Arts, The Rupp Family Foundation and The Kootsie Ball, The Battle of the Corporate Bands, and the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies' Fern and Joel Levin Philanthropic Fund. Support for Give for Greatness as a program of ASI comes from Fund for the Arts.

Fundraising for 2017 will get underway with the annual Lawyers for the Arts event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Tralf. More information can be found at www.giveforgreatness.net or www.asiwny.org.

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