December 5 Event will Explore Sustaining Western New York Vibrancy of the Arts

CULTURE NOW: December 5 Event will Explore Sustaining Western New York Vibrancy of the Arts




November 26, 2012



Contact:  Robert Waterhouse

                 Daemen College Assistant Professor of Theatre

     Director-Arts Administration Program

                 (716) 566-7826


                 Daemen College Visual &

                 Performing Arts Department

                 (716) 839-8241


The Arts Administration Program at Daemen College proudly announces a series of symposia titled “Culture Now,” focusing attention on issues facing the arts and culture in Western New York.


The first of these, “Culture Now: Sustaining the Vibrancy of Culture in WNY,” will take place 6:30 p.m., December 5, 2012, in the Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. This event and its preceding reception are free and open to the public.


Cocktails and reception: 6:30 p.m.; panel discussion: 7:00 p.m.


A specially selected panel of experts will share their perspective on the future of arts and cultural organizations in WNY. They represent arts organizations; business; cultural agencies; government; and the philanthropic community. The panel will include: Paul Hogan, vice president, The John R Oishei Foundation; Randy Kramer, executive director, MusicalFare Theatre and co-chair of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance; Jamie Moses, publisher, ArtVoice; Rahwa Ghirmatzion, executive director, Ujima Theater; and Maria R. Whyte, commissioner of Environment and Planning, Erie County.


Ted Pietrzak, former executive director of the Burchfield Penney, will act as moderator and field questions from the audience to members of the panel.


Over the last two years, arts and cultural organizations have been at the forefront in discussions about the economics of our region: arts and culture’s importance to Western New York, their impact on life in Western New York, and sources of their support. Does cultural support from the County and City governments signal a renaissance for our regions?  Or is now the time to consider what further challenges lie in the future? How can the arts make an even greater impact?


“This symposium will focus our attention on the potential challenges art and cultural organizations may face, and strategies which community leaders may adopt to ensure the arts and culture continue to flourish in Western New York,” notes Daemen College Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of the Arts Administration Program Robert Waterhouse.


“The challenges are many. The Western New York economy continues to sputter, and yet recently the arts have emerged as a major force in economic growth. Can we sustain that growth?  Are we seeing a renaissance in the arts in Buffalo or are we asking too much of foundations, government resources, and a dwindling population?”


The Arts Administration Program at Daemen is aimed at students with an interest in working within the not-for-profit cultural community as administrators or managers. The program is unique in that it places balanced emphasis both on a foundation in business courses and on practical experience with numerous not-for-profit organizations in Buffalo.


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