Author: Arts Services Inc. (ASI)

In-person – Parkside Lodge Delaware Park | Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 10 am – 12 pm Uncover the legal intricacies of nonprofit management. In this presentation, attorney Michael A. de Freitas will teach you all of the important governance requirements you need to know. As a part of ASI’s “From the Ground Up” series, this presentation is geared towards anyone who operates a nonprofit organization. While participation in this workshop is free, we do ask for a $25 deposit, which will be refunded upon attendance or if cancellation is made with more than 24 hours’ notice. Please note that this workshop is…

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Virtual presentation | Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | 12PM Grant writing can be intimidating and frustrating for people who aren’t full-time development or grant writing staff. In this free presentation, ASI’s Grants and Programming Director Holly Grant will demystify the grant writing process, show you how to find arts and culture grants, and provide grant writing tips. As a part of ASI’s “From the Ground Up” series, this presentation is geared for individual creatives and nonprofit administrators who are new to grant writing or would like a refresher course on the topic. This workshop is free to attend and is…

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The Creative Impact Fund serves as a catalyst to enhance state arts funding in the Western New York region. In 2024, individuals seeking assistance have access to three distinct grants. Whereas, non-profit organizations can also benefit from this initiative by applying for the Arts Programming grant. The application deadline is May 1, 2024. We understand that the process can be daunting, but remember, ASI is ready to guide you every step of the way. To assist you better, we’re hosting a series of workshops and information sessions throughout the month of April. These sessions will provide valuable insights and tips on…

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The arts are not just a conduit for creativity and expression; they are a robust economic engine driving growth and prosperity. Arts Services Inc. (ASI) has illuminated this truth with undeniable clarity through their recent impact report title Arts & Economic Prosperity 6. In 2022 alone, nonprofit Arts & Culture organizations in Western New York were responsible for generating a staggering $381.4 million in economic activity, supporting over 8,000 jobs, and contributing $121 million in tax revenues across local, state, and federal levels. Yet, this flourishing landscape faces a threat—a proposed budget cut that seeks to halve the New York…

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of African Americans in various fields of endeavor. But we also look ahead to the future and support the ongoing work of black artists, creatives, and cultural leaders in our community. We’d like to introduce you to three black arts leaders in Western New York who are making an impact in their respective mediums and domains. They are Princessa S. Williams, the first Afro-Latina gallery owner in WNY; Jessica Miller aka Sum’er Daize, the first black, woman-owned tattoo studio owner in WNY; and Malcolm Rankin-Jeter, a…

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Arts Services Inc. congratulates the 18 Western New York artists who have been awarded a $10,000 grant each from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The grants, part of the Support for Artists program, will fund various artistic projects to be completed in 2024 through Fiscal Sponsorship. These grants represent a portion of the $46 million in NYSCA grant awards to support more than 500 artists and over 1,000 arts and cultural organizations across the state. Grant funding for individual artists is often scarce with most large pots of arts funding available only to nonprofit organizations. Through…

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We know that you have your choice of awesome things to do and see here in Western New York, especially when it comes to festival season. But we have over 20 reasons why you NEED to check out the Hertel Alley Mural Fest on June 10 and 11. The 20+ artists were chosen to participate in Hertel Alley Mural Fest from a pool of 99 applications for their strong artistic voice and their excitement for the community engagement element of the festival. For some, this will be their third or fourth time painting a mural but for many this will be their…

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Arts Services Inc. of Western New York (ASI), on behalf of Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace’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 in Cayuga Creek Park in Lancaster, NY. The park is located off of West Main Street within the Village of Lancaster. The public art will be placed on a concrete slab located within the park. Project Background and Goals Assemblymember Wallace and Mayor Ruda of the Village of Lancaster would like to further the development of Cayuga Creek Park by…

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You could receive up to $5,000 in funding for your community arts projects. That’s right, we’re excited to re-open the portal for a second round of Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) applications for individual artists, collectives and nonprofits in Erie, Chautauqua, and Niagara Counties. The deadline to apply is May 26, 2023. This second round of SCR funding is open to new applicants as well as applicants who did not receive funding if they applied for the first deadline. And, in 2023, applicants can apply for 100% of their project’s cost up to the grant max with no fund matching requirement. We have scheduled several in-person and…

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The new work should celebrate the town’s Polish heritage Arts Services Inc. of Western New York (ASI), on behalf of Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace’s Office, invites artists in all appropriate mediums from throughout Western New York to submit proposals for an outdoor public art project located at Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, NY. This project has been updated with new guidelines and an updated submission deadline of February 10th, 2023. Assemblymember Wallace’s Office is seeking a sculpture (of any type of material, size, and base) that celebrates the town’s Polish heritage. This public art work is meant…

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