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NYSCA’s Round 3 Grants Invest More Than 1.6 Million in 55 WNY Organizations and Artists

On December 13th Governor Kathy Hochul announced $45 million in grant awards through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Grants administered by NYSCA this year will provide critical aid to bolster nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists as they embark on a multi-year recovery process due to effects caused by the pandemic. These funds have streamlined all the way to WNY as over 55 organizations received funding totaling $1.6 million!

“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can to help this industry thrive once again. These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well,” says Governor Hochul in a recent statement.

Ujima Company Inc. Theatre

In June 2021, NYSCA rolled out a reimagined grantmaking process to increase access to state funds through expanded eligibility that embraced a wide range of artmaking in New York State and led to a nearly 40% increase in applications for FY2022 to date. Following an application process, the agency will continue to support those severely impacted by the ongoing effects of COVID-19 through flexible funding accommodations. These grants include four categories of funding: Support for Organizations, Support for Artists, Special Opportunities, and Recovery Grants, all of which provide organizations and artists with vital dollars to boost their recovery process.

Buffalo’s arts community not only creates entertainment, but it also spurs on economic growth and encourages a togetherness within our city that makes Buffalo so unique. Funding like this is imperative in continuing to grow our arts organizations that deeply influence Buffalo’s culture and community. Long-standing places and organizations like Artpark, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Ujima Theatre, and Alleyway Theatre were just a few proud recipients that will now have the means to grow back such an important component of our city after such a treacherous year.

After the recent announcement of the good news, the team at Alleyway Theatre gave a message of immense gratitude to NYS for this honorable recognition,

Funding like this helps us continue creating amazing productions for the future! Thank you, New York State, for understanding that supporting the arts is vital to creating communities we want to live in!

These teams have proved time and time again to be an unstoppable force in a multitude of areas for the good of our city, and with continued support from NYS and local communities, there is no stopping them now!

Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Find the full list of recipients here.

Here’s a list of Round 3 Grant Recipients in the WNY Region:

Grantee
County
Project Title
Grant
Amount

1891 Fredonia Opera House
Chautauqua
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

1891 Fredonia Opera House
Chautauqua
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Alfred University
Allegany
NYSCA Support for Organizations (For: Institute
for Electronic Arts)
$25,000

Alleyway Theatre, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Artpark & Company
Niagara
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Aitina Fareed-Cooke: Tales from the Porch
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Audrey Kay Dowling: Finding Truth
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Celeste Lawson: The Whale Speaks
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Gary Earl Ross: Stoker’s Guest
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Gary L. Wolfe: Who Told You that You Were
Naked?
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Phil Hastings: Telephone
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Saira Siddiqui: The Peace Dots Project
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Stephen David Oliver: Infinite Distances
$10,000

Arts Services Initiative of Western NY, Inc.
Erie
Stephen Solook: The Dyslexic Vibraphonist
$10,000

Ballet Artists of WNY Inc
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Arts and Technology Center Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Chamber Players, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$25,000

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Maritime Center
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Media Resources
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Buffalo Media Resources
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

BUFFALO NIAGARA CHOIRS, INC.
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$5,000

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

BUFFALO STRING WORKS, INC.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Camerata Buffalo, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$25,000

Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Inc.
Erie
Jose Ruiz: The Life and Legacy of Gordon Parks, Short Documentary
$10,000

Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet
Chautauqua
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Explore & More…A Children’s Museum
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

EXPLORE BUFFALO INC
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Graycliff Conservancy, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.
Chautauqua
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Irish Classical Theatre Company, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Just Buffalo Literary Center, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Musical Fare Theatre Company, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage
Commission Inc.
Niagara
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Peace Of The City
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Chautauqua
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Roycroft Campus Corporation
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK INC
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Springville Center for the Arts, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Springville Center for the Arts, Inc.
Erie
Performing arts residencies
$25,000

THE BIG EASY IN BUFFALO, INC.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$25,000

The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center Inc.
Niagara
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center Inc.
Niagara
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Theatre of Youth Company Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Torn Space Theater, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Tri-County Arts Council
Cattaraugus
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

Tri-County Arts Council
Cattaraugus
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Ujima Company, Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

Western New York Book Arts Collaborative Inc.
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

White Pine Inc
Erie
NYSCA Support for Organizations
$49,500

YOUNG AUDIENCES OF WESTERN NEW YORK INC
Erie
NYSCA Recovery Fund
$10,000

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