Michael Weidrich Returns to Western New York, Appointed New Executive Director


Young Audiences of Western New York (YA-WNY), an independent affiliate of the Young Audiences national network, ended their search last week for their next Executive Director. Michael Weidrich, MBA BFA, will take the reins of the organization that has been a staple of the arts in education community since 1962.
“I made the decision to move back to Buffalo after 25 years away to be closer to family at the end of last year. I am excited to not only be back in Buffalo and working downtown, but to be doing so at an organization that ignites my passion for education and the arts” says Weidrich.
A graduate of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Michael received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from The College of Saint Rose, in addition to Advanced Graduate Certificates in Not-for-Profit Management and Educational Technology, and having also completed extensive coursework in Arts Education.
“We are thrilled to have found Michael, who will provide the leadership, vision, and direction needed to propel our mission forward in a meaningful and strategic way.” says EJ Snyder, President of the Board of Directors and partner at Harter Secrest and Emery. “Michael brings experience with program development, operations, finances, fundraising, strategic planning, and community building to both Young Audiences and the Western New York community.
Weidrich has over 20 years of professional experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, having served as Executive Director of the Lark Street Business Improvement District “Albany’s Arts District,” and the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Michael founded Albany’s 1st Fridays in 2006 and coordinated the monthly arts walk for nearly 8 years, growing the event from three small galleries to over 50 venues city-wide. Michael is also a life-long artist, having exhibited his digital artworks internationally.


For a full biography on Michael, click here.