Arts Services Inc. will award $122,500 in New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) decentralization grants to artists and arts organizations for the production of 46 arts projects in Erie and Niagara counties in 2021. The projects span nearly every artistic discipline, including concerts, theater productions, workshops, visual art exhibitions and literary projects, with many serving marginalized and under-resourced communities.
2021 grant recipients include:
•13 Players Inc.
•Artpark & Company
•Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation
•Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora
•Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns
•Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
•Buffalo Silver Band
•Buffalo Society of Artists
•Carnegie Art Center
•Concord Historical Society
•Devi Bollywood Performing Arts
•Enlightenment Bookstore and Literary Arts Center
•Erie Regional Housing Development Corp (d/b/a The Belle Center)
•Harmonia Chamber Singers
•Learning Disabilities Association of WNY/ Starlight Studio and Art Gallery
•Liminal Space Ensemble
•Lock City Glee Club
•Lockport Locks Heritage District
•Los Artistas Del Barrio
•Movement of Various Identities (MOVI)
•NetPositive / The Foundry
•O’Connell & Company Productions
•Old First Ward Community Association
•Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective
•Second Generation Theatre Co.
•Shea’s Performing Arts Center
•Suburban Adult Services/ Moving Miracles
•The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Arts (BICA)
•The Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York
•Theatre in the Mist
•Town of Brant
•Village of Blasdell
•Village of Springville
•Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Program
A press release stated, “The purpose of the DEC grant program is to foster continued development of local arts programming based on the needs of the community. DEC support enables artists and organizations to grow while enhancing the cultural climate in the communities and neighborhoods where they live and work.”
ASI Executive Director Jennifer Swan-Kilpatrick said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this funding to the vital work the arts industry is doing to support our community. Now, more than ever, the arts are vital to help us heal and connect with others.”
Applicants could request funding between $500-5,000 for arts-based projects. ASI received 77 application requests and a total funding request of $302,933. The grant recipients were selected by a panel of arts leaders from the region who reviewed all the applications and made funding recommendations.
Learn more about the DEC grant program and this year’s recipients at asiwny.org/dec-grants.
Arts Services Inc. (ASI) empowers the region's artists and arts organizations with connections to funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts. ASI is a resource hub for the Western New York arts and cultural sector.