2021 will be our 10-year anniversary. Our activities have been mostly focused around promoting and supporting arts organizations and artists in our region, but not telling our own story. We have supported and helped WNY's creative community, especially in response to COVID-19, but other than those who directly benefit from our programming and grant funding, very few know about us and what we do.
From our start in 2011, we have spent the majority of our efforts promoting and supporting the artists and organizations in our region rather than highlighting what we do for and can offer to the community. Being able to better tell our story and our impact on WNY's arts industry will help us in grant writing, media coverage, and in building new relationships. These will, in turn, give us more resources to support the arts community in our region and fulfill our mission.
Arts Services Initiative (ASI) empowers the region's artists and arts organizations with connections to funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts. We are a resource hub for the Western New York arts and cultural sector.
ASI envisions a region where inclusive creative communities are valued and visible, and where artists and arts organizations have access to the resources needed to advance and thrive.
We provide services and resources to nonprofit arts groups and individual artists to help them advance the business side of the art world and span their careers, whether just starting out or advanced.
Some programs include funding, professional development, financial services, arts access to the wider community, and advocacy efforts.