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Local arts and cultural organizations awarded grant money from NYSCA


The New York State Council on the Arts awarded about $675,000 to several Western New York arts and culture organizations Thursday.

After handing out Thursday’s Grant awards to organizations like the Buffalo Philharmonic, Hallwalls and Torn Space Theater, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is now contributing close to $3 million to the Western New York region.

“I think Western New York's cultural sectors are a powerful economic driver,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus. “We know that it draws millions of tourists from around the world as well as creating a vibrant community.”

Manus said a study by Americans for the Arts shows the measurable impact.

“The region's nonprofit arts sector, generated 350 million dollars in the most recent year recorded and accounted for 10,000 jobs in the region,” she said.

Applications are available every year. Some awards range from two to five years long.

Manus said they are currently taking on more programs than they ever have before.

A complete list of NYSCA FY21 grant recipients to date is below:



1891 Fredonia Opera House, Inc.

Alfred University

Art Studio of WNY, Inc.

Buffalo Chamber Music Society

Buffalo Chamber Players, Inc.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy

Buffalo Media Resources


Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.


Chautauqua Institution

Community Music School Of Buffalo

El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, Inc

Explore & More...A Children's Museum

Hallwalls, Inc.


Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.

Irish Classical Theatre Company, Inc.

Just Buffalo Literary Center, Inc.


Musical Fare Theatre Company, Inc.

Niagara University

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation

Torn Space Theater, Inc.