Author: Arts Services Inc. (ASI)

Arts Services Inc. of Western New York (ASI), on behalf of Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera’s Office and the Elmwood Village Association (EVA), invites artists in all appropriate mediums (2-dimensional and 3-dimensional) from throughout Western New York to submit proposals for an outdoor public art project located at 902 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo, NY. Project Background and Goals902 Elmwood Ave is located in the Elmwood Village in Buffalo, NY. Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera’s Office is seeking an imaginative design for the south-facing wall of the building. The chosen work should: Proposed design should connect to the themes of gardens and the…

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There are so many incredible arts organizations in Western New York and we wish that we could provide funding to all of them! This year’s Give for Greatness grant was highly competitive due to the limited amount of funding that we had available but these organizations shone so brightly that we had to feature them in this month’s video spotlight.  We’re excited to have you meet Frani from Buffalo Society of Artists, Matt from Nusantara Arts, Dawne from Stitch Buffalo, and Beth, Suzie and Chris from Unique Theatre as they show you behind the scenes of what they’ve been working on.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vA0M9582iI We’ll…

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To fundraise for ASI’s Give for Greatness grant program, eight all-lawyer musical groups will give it their all on stage when KeyBank presents the 9th annual Lawyers for the Arts fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, from 1-5:30 p.m. at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main Street) in Buffalo. Tickets for the 9th annual Lawyers for the Arts fundraiser are available now at ticketmaster.com or by calling Tralf Music Hall at (716) 852-2860. Doors open at 12 p.m. This year’s Lawyers for the Arts event marks the comeback after two years of being cancelled due to the pandemic. After this long hiatus, these eager bands comprised…

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The truth is, it takes guts to apply for grant funding. That’s why when we award grant funding, we like to celebrate the individuals who took the time to pitch us the ideas they were passionate about and will make the WNY arts scene pop! Special thanks to Buffalo & Brandy, Elizabeth Hayes, Gary Earl Ross, and Saira Siddiqui for allowing us to interview you! These interviews were conducted in the ASI office after our happy hour celebration of Restart NY Regrant, SCR, and NYSCA Individual Artist grant recipients. The good times were rollin’ so you’ll have to excuse the…

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Arts Services Inc. (ASI), on behalf of Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera’s Office, invites artists in all appropriate mediums (2-dimensional and 3-dimensional) from throughout Western New York to submit proposals for an outdoor public art project located at 136 Evans Street in Hamburg, NY. This building is owned by Kirst Construction and faces Legion Field. The Assemblymember is seeking an imaginative design to create a mural on the west side of the building that marks the entryway to the Village of Hamburg and marks the pathway toward Legion Field. Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera said, “Our goal is to create a mural…

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Interview with Holly Grant, Grants & Programming Director at ASI ASI: How did you get involved in the arts and arts administration? HG: I’ve always kind of been involved in the arts. I took dance lessons as a child, I was in plays, talent shows, chorus. It wasn’t until I was in high school and my guidance counselor asked me what I wanted to do with my life; I had no idea that I even started considering the arts as a career. She asked me what I liked. And I liked singing. She introduced me to this world of music…

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In 2021, a year marked by turmoil and transformation, Arts Services Inc. (ASI) had a record-breaking nine Erie and Chautauqua County artists selected to receive $10,000 each in funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for their Round 3 Support for Artists grant program. These grants represent a portion of the $1.6 million total received by over 55 artists and organizations in Western New York through this round of funding. ASI has served as a fiscal sponsor for many individual artists over the years but 2021’s resounding success rate is owed completely to the hard work…

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Author: Nicole Murray In the same way that western music has its roots in religious tradition, the interconnectedness between religion and art has been symbiotic; both evolving codependently to reflect social, cultural, and technological changes over time. Though the study of religion is mostly accomplished through text, the aesthetic qualities of religious artwork have remained integral as a connection between the soul and the interpretation of these texts. Classical examples of this can be seen in the artwork of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and modern artists such as the sculptor Tanavoli, and the street artist El Seed, are once…

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Author: Nicole Murray In the same way that western music has its roots in religious tradition, the interconnectedness between religion and art has been symbiotic; both evolving codependently to reflect social, cultural, and technological changes over time. Though the study of religion is mostly accomplished through text, the aesthetic qualities of religious artwork have remained integral as a connection between the soul and the interpretation of these texts. Classical examples of this can be seen in the artwork of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and modern artists such as the sculptor Tanavoli, and the street artist El Seed, are once…

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Author: Nicole Murray We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and honor the sovereignty of the Six Nations – Seneca, Tuscarora, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, and Mohawk – and their land on which we are situated and doing our work today. We want to demonstrate respect for the treaties that were made on these territories, and express our remorse for the harms and mistakes of the past. We acknowledge that we were founded upon the exclusions, displacement, and erasures of the Indigenous peoples who resided here when we arrived and who still reside…

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