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Lawrence H. Cook II appointed to New York State Council on the Arts


Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:40 am

Oishei Foundation VP one of nine named to 20-member board 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Lawrence H. Cook II, senior vice president of programs for The John R. Oishei Foundation, to the New York State Council on the Arts. Cook was one of nine new appointees to the 20-member board and one of two that will represent the Western New York Region. NYSCA preserves and advances the arts and culture throughout the state. 

In his role with the Oishei Foundation, Cook frequently works with area nonprofit organizations that work to advance the arts, culture and heritage, a key focus area of the foundation. Prior to his work with the foundation, he was involved in the arts community having served as the deputy director of the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County as well as the director of regrant programs and services and as associate/regrant program coordinator for the arts organization. He has two decades of experience working in the nonprofit sector and has previously been engaged with NYSCA as a panelist. 

Also appointed to the council are Monica Angle, Carolee Fink, Aaron Albert Flagg, James Lemons, Andrea Louie, David Alan Miller, Catherine Schwoeffermann and Adriana Trigiani who will now serve New Yorkers in all 62 counties. Each member was appointed by Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate. 

A press release stated, “NYSCA upholds the rights of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. In (fiscal year) 2021, the council awarded more than $40 million in grants supporting visual, literary, media and performing arts as well as arts education and underserved communities.” 

To learn more about NYSCA and its new appointees, click here.

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