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ASI awards $44,500 in 'Give for Greatness' funding to 23 WNY arts & cultural groups


Thu, Apr 6th 2023 10:15 pm

ASI distributed 23 “Give for Greatness” grants providing general operating support to arts and culture nonprofits based in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Out of 59 total applicants, 23 organizations were selected by a panel of local arts and culture leaders from across the region.

The 2022 “Give for Greatness” recipients are:

  • African American Veterans Arts and Culture Corp.
  • African Consciousness Corp.
  • BOS Foundation
  • Buffalo Opera Unlimited
  • Carnegie Art Center
  • Chautauqua Community Music Project
  • Concordia Foundation Inc.
  • Fenton History Center
  • Latin American Cultural Association – El Buen Amigo
  • Lewiston Council on the Arts
  • Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes
  • Momentum Choir Inc.
  • Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe Native Arts
  • Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective
  • Somerset Union Museum
  • Southern Tier Symphony Inc.
  • Starry Night Theatre Co.
  • Stitch Buffalo
  • The Fountain Arts Center
  • Tri-County Arts Council
  • Unique Theatre Company
  • WAHI Studio
  • West Falls Center for the Arts 

“This year’s ‘Give for Greatness’ recipients are a testament to the strength and resilience of WNY arts,” ASI Executive Director Jen Swan-Kilpatrick said. “After the pandemic, many smaller nonprofit arts groups are still struggling, but receiving an operating grant like this one can mean a foothold on the climb to rebuild.”

Melanie Yohe from WAHI Studio, a first-time “Give for Greatness” recipient, said, “We had the opportunity to move to Lockport this spring, and the “Give for Greatness” grant with ASI helped us secure our new, larger space. We look forward to having additional districts and over 100 students come through our doors to create.”

The “Give for Greatness” program is funded by “Fund for the Arts,” Foxfire Festival and Duende at Silo City, “Lawyers for the Arts,” The Marilyn Gohr McTaggart Reveal Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and The Rupp Family Foundation.

More information about “Give for Greatness” and this year’s recipients can be found at asiwny.org.

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