We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders for providing support to our ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York.
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS (NYSCA)
With sincere gratitude, we thank the New York State Council on the Arts for funding the Book Arts Center’s ongoing programs and services offered to the artists and public of Western New York.
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens. The Western New York Book Arts Collaboration, Inc. is a proud recipient of NYSCA funding that has made it possible to increase Visual Arts and Education programing, collaborations and other initiatives, as well as Facilities funding that has preserved and modernized our building to enhance audience experiences. We are grateful for this essential support.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as the WNY Book Arts Center reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
RALPH C. WILSON JR. LEGACY FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER BUFFALO
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believed effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future. To do both, he earmarked a portion of his estate and the eventual sale of his beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy – one of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration and an unshakeable community focus.
And today, his hand-picked Life Trustees have determined to focus the efforts of the foundation on Mr. Wilson’s home and adopted home regions of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.
We thank the County of Erie for generously funding The Book Arts Center’s ongoing programs and services offered to the Western New York Community.
The Department of Environment and Planning’s Division of Planning provides financial assistance and strategic focus and direction to Erie County’s cultural sector to promote the economic and cultural benefits of the County’s tourism, arts, culture, and heritage industry.
The Western New York Book Arts Collaboration, Inc. is a grateful recipient of County of Erie Cultural funding which results in many free and low cost programs offered to families, artists, teachers, and other active cultural participants throughout Western New York.
M&T BANK FOUNDATION
We thank the M&T Bank Foundation for its essential support to the Book Arts Center for ongoing education and artistic programing provided to the diverse communities of Western New York.
A Responsibility as a Corporate Citizen
Healthy communities are the foundation of successful businesses. The M&T Charitable Foundation works in partnership with non-profit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for our customers, employees and neighbors. Our decisions are made locally, by the people who know their communities best.
WESTERN NEW YORK FOUNDATION
The Western New York Foundation has been one of The Book Arts Center’s most generous regional supporters in recent years. We are grateful for ongoing input as well as financial support that has both recognized and contributed to organizational strength and stability.
The Western New York Foundation, incorporated in 1951, makes grants in the seven counties of Western New York State: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua. The Western New York Foundation supports sustainable organizations that improve the quality of life in Western New York. The Foundation makes investments that build on nonprofits’ proven strengths in order to improve their effectiveness and their ability to fulfill their missions.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER BUFFALO
Since 2014, the Book Arts Center has been a proud recipient of support by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo for our Printing Partners Community Education Program initiative, providing free hands-on workshops to children in conjunction with six neighborhood partners throughout Erie County.
CFGB Mission and Vision: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York; A vibrant and inclusive Greater Buffalo region with opportunity for all.
THE CAMERON AND JANE BAIRD FOUNDATION
The Book Arts Center sincerely thanks the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation for its essential support to our ongoing programming for artists and the diverse communities of Western New York.
THE MARGARET L. WENDT FOUNDATION
We would like to thank the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for supporting the Education Program as we further develop digital design and pre-press opportunities for the children of Western New York.
The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation provides community funding with an emphasis on education, the arts, and social services; support also for churches and religious organizations, public interest organizations, and youth agencies.
GIVE FOR GREATNESS: A PROGRAM OF ASI
We are grateful to ASI as a Give For Greatness recipient in recognition of our work as part of the arts community of Western New York.
Give for Greatness, a program of ASI, has raised and distributed over $100,000 for local arts and cultural groups since 2014! With the communities’ support Give for Greatness has been able to fund over 100 arts and cultural organizations in WNY. Because of you we’re making Western New York a community where the arts don’t just survive but thrive.
HUMANITIES NY: HNY CARES
The Book Arts Center is grateful to Humanities NY as a recipient of HNY CARES funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. HNY CARES Emergency Grants focus on organizations with a core humanities mission, whether for personnel, costs associated with the pandemic, or to maintain or adapt the humanities programs that are proving very useful to keep people connected during the pandemic. Sarah Gelman Carney, Chair, said from Buffalo that she was “amazed at the resilience of the cultural organizations of our state” and the “incredible efforts they are making even now to continue to nurture their audiences.”
STORYGROWING WESTERN NEW YORK
The Book Art Center was an enthusiastic participant in the 2019 StoryGrowing program! Selection into this program has brought us exceptional opportunities for capacity growth. We thank the Oishei Foundation and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York.
Based on the teachings of Andy Goodman of The Goodman Center, StoryGrowing WNY is a six-month communications capacity-building program designed to help non-profits harness the power of storytelling and nurture your organization’s growth through effective communications training.
400-500 BLOCK MAIN STREET GRANT
NEW YORK STATE HOMES & COMMUNITY RENEWAL
The Book Arts Center is grateful to Buffalo Place for grants awards through its New York Main Street grants project. Funding has contributed greatly to our facility renovations from 2016-2020.
ASSEMBLYMAN SEAN RYAN
DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK STATE
It is with sincere gratitude that we thank Assemblyman Sean Ryan for granting DASNY Facilities funding to the Western New York Book Arts Center.
HODGSON RUSS, LLP
We thank Hodgson Russ, LLP for generously sponsoring our 2019 Education Programming.