Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Strengthening the Arts for a Decade

Fund for the Arts

From the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 2015 Annual Report

Acclaimed Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts the orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall

Ten years ago, a group of funders came together, representing public, private, family and corporate foundations, to join forces to make a greater impact together. The group became known as the Fund for the Arts. Now a decade later, the Fund for the Arts, convened and administered by the Community Foundation, has distributed more than $2.6 million to support and strengthen our region’s arts and culture sector.

Western New York boasts a rich history of arts and culture–from the Roycroft Campus to The Colored Musicians Club–that continues to benefit local residents and the regional economy. It has been estimated that every dollar invested in the arts returns nearly $10 in economic impact. Understanding that, the Fund for the Arts has committed to boosting the local arts community by strengthening the base of support. In addition to providing emergency relief through two rounds of county budget cuts, the Fund for the Arts supported a comprehensive capacity building initiative and the creation of the Arts Services Initiative and Arts Partners for Learning.

The Arts Services Initiative promotes the arts and culture sector’s vital role in economic development and the community through capacity building, collaboration and advocacy. One program of the Arts Services Initiative is the Arts Access Pass Program, which provides low-income individuals

Arts Partners for Learning, managed by Young Audiences of WNY, demonstrates how arts can be integrated into classroom curricula to provide quality creative learning programs.

and families with free tickets to participate in arts and culture activities like Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall or Explore & More Children’s Museum. There are now more than 165 Arts Access Pass members, with new members being added on a rolling basis.

Arts Partners for Learning, managed by Young Audiences of WNY, builds audience support by expanding access to arts education for children in Western New York through creative learning curriculum in classrooms.

By helping to strengthen our arts sector, the Fund for the Arts is putting our cultural gems center stage.

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To learn more about our Community Impact Work, please contact us by calling (716) 852-2857, ext. 223.

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